Performance Center guns originate from standard designs or are created from the ground up. From hand-cutting and fitting to fine tuning for precision, these firearms are top performers. Products from the Performance Center are the ultimate expression of old-world craftsmanship blended with modern technology. Model comes with a titanium fluted cylinder, precision crown barrel, cylinder cut for moonclips and PC Mainspring.
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Submitted By: Karl S. On 11/24/2014
I think S&W got rid of their quality control department and are now relying on you -- the consumer -- to alert them to problems. The first time I took this fine firearm out I was very excited to use it. And it was quite fun, till it literally fell apart at about 100 rounds. The ejector rod simply fell off the cylinder and I couldn't screw it back on. I will give S&W credit for having good customer service. Simply call them and they'll send you a FedEx shipping label such that you can return it for free (though it's still a 30 mile round trip as only a select few FedEx locations are allowed to handle firearms). Three weeks after sending it in I got it back and took it to the range again. This time it didn't fall apart and I got to really enjoy it.
You will learn about moon clips if you buy this gun. They only include 2. You'll probably want more like 20 (at least). BMT equipped has a fine tool that both loads moon clips & removes the spend brass from them. You can do this by hand without the help of a tool if you want, though that wouldn't be a good idea given how difficult it is. It's really easy with a tool. Such a nifty tool doesn't come cheap -- $89 with shipping, but you really don't have much choice. Just try loading a moon clip by hand and you'll quickly see how hard it is to do.
The gun feels wonderful in hand. It's a perfect size for shooting 9mm -- big enough to absorb recoil, but not excessively heavy. The real negative of this gun is price: obviously, at $1,000 this isn't a gun for the masses, but if you can afford it, I'd say get it because it's fun to play with and and it simply looks cool. Another negative is the front sight which is a black partridge. You may well want to change that to a fiber optic. I'm not changing it, but that's only because I'm putting a red dot on mine.
I had to take off 1 star for the fact that it literally fell apart upon first use. Otherwise it's a great gun that I would recommend & I'm very eager to get my gun back with red dot mounted so I can zero that in and start nailing targets at 25 yards. This gun is certainly capable of producing just one ragged hole at 25 yards and I look forward to doing that.
[4 of 5 Stars]