“Adaptability is the advantage”, is the claim that accompanies the new 9mm Response PCC. Smith & Wesson introduced it in a virtual event, and here are the first info about what is described as a fully customizable platform allowing a lot of accessorizing and sporting a unique interchangeable magwell system.
But the usual specs first: the Response carbine is a simple blowback design and features a 16.25”/413 mm barrel – actually, a rifle length barrel - with 1/2″x28 thread for 9mm compatible muzzle devices/suppressor systems. We also have a 15”/381 mm forend with M-Lok slots at 3, 6 and 9 o'clock. A Picatinny rail on top makes the Response optics ready. Controls are the familiar MSR ones.
Upper and lower receivers make extensive use of polymer to keep weight down (5.9 lb//2,676 g with no magazine), so that the gun is easy to maneuver and easy to carry. Beside lightness and ease of use, the Response's main quality is adaptability though, featuring a M&P M2.0 pistol grip interchangeable palmswells, Magpul adjustable buttstock, standard polymer AR-15 charging handle, and standard AR-15 carbine buffer tube.
The flat face trigger is guaranteed to be crisp and smooth. But in case you have particular needs or want something different, the carbine is actually compatible with popular charging handles, grips, stocks and trigger groups for AR-style rifles.
Smith & Wesson 9mm Response PCC video introduction
Smith & Wesson 9mm Response PCC, ready be customized for your needs
Lastly and most importantly, there is the aforementioned Flexmag magwell technology: the two-part lower allows you to use double stack magazines from different pistol platforms and customize your shooting experience.
This makes the Response the perfect companion to your existing 9mm pistol. You just have to drop the respective magazine well right into the lower. The Smith & Wesson Response already comes with two Flexmag kits for M&P 9mm double stack magazines or G17 and G19 mags. But you can expect that more magwell kits for other pistol platforms will be made available in the near future.
The price tag of the Smith & Wesson 9mm Response PCC is $799.00. It includes two Flexmag kits (for M&P 9mm magazines and G17/G19 mags respectively) and two 23-round magazines.