Gun Report

Smith & Wesson M&P 380 Shield EZ 180023 380 ACP

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The Shield is EZ-ily among the most useful and attractive 380 ACP pistols we have tested. The Shield is a good choice for home defense for those who cannot handle a caliber larger than the 380 ACP. As a carry gun, it isn’t smaller than some 9mm Luger handguns, but it is much easier to fire well. The barrel length at 3.65 inches is the longest of the pistols tested and afforded the highest velocity and energy.

Smith & Wesson M&P 380 Shield EZ 180023 380 ACP

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Law Enforcement
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Overall Height
Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
Maximum Width
Grip Thickness Max
Grip Circumference Max
Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Span Single

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Only the S&W was capable of mounting a combat light on its three-slot accessory rail (inset).
The Shield field-strips easily into the major components of slide, frame, and magazine. The Shield EZ requires only 9 pounds of effort to rack the slide, which is lighter than the other pistols in the test.
Note the Shield’s hidden hammer (arrow).

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