Old guys guys know about old guns.
This is a S&W Model 469 from the mid-80's. It came with a 12rd 9mm magazine to this photo shoot but any 5900 series mag slips right in with 19 or 20 round capacity.
Lightweight alloy frame with good sights that's cop service pistol reliability. It is the original "Wonder 9". With the 12 round mag equipped with a flat base plate it can be comfortably carried in the front pocket of cargo pants
At the risk of being "non-political" nobody owes anybody an explanation why a pistol like this has always been necessary.
But here is the deal. New pistols replace old pistols. That's the advertising and merchandising end of firearms marketing. Smith and Wesson stopped making these pistols 30 years ago. They are not plastic. They are not striker fired. But what they are is rugged, reliable, and probably the last to go off the shelf in a panic buying spree like we are seeing right now. Why? because old guys like me have not been telling you about them. Why? because you are busy reading about the latest plastic pistol with your heart set on it.....hey, I can dig it.