Looks like the Cat is officially out of the bag!
Looks like it is directly competing with the Kahr CW9, Ruger LC9, and Kel-Tec PF9. One thing of note is that it has a manual thumb safety that looks damn near identical to the one of the Bodyguard .380. I don’t like manual safeties on DAO-style guns, but when it comes to putting them on guns, Ruger and S&W did it right with their subcompacts as the safeties are streamlined nubs that feel a little difficult to engage, but are VERY easy to bump off. Also this means that for Massachusetts sale there is no need for a “Massachusetts Trigger”, like on the double-stack M&Ps that don’t have a safety.
S&W did something that I think Ruger really should have done with the LC9. The LC9 comes with two mags, one with a flat base pad, and one with a finger extension. S&W has a flush mag and an extended mag with a grip adapter, so the mag is bigger, but it holds more as well.
They’re all also in the same price-field between $300-$400 NIB which is very reasonable. My vote is still for the Kahr CW9 just because its been around longer, and has more magazine options, and no unnecessary safeties. That being said, just like the countless polymer “Service Pistols” (such as the M&P9, Glock 17, Ruger SR9, Springfield XD, etc) the more guns in the class the better the chance of each individual finding the gun that fits them the best.
Also on an industry perspective its nice to see that all the major gun companies are jumping in with both feet at getting compact and powerful carry guns to a nation that is rapidly embracing concealed carry, and striking down unnecessary restrictions on self defense.