Gun Report

Smith & Wesson M&P9 Shield Battleworn Coating SW180021BW 9mm Luger

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The Shield is reliable, accurate enough for most uses, and compact enough for everyday carry. We also handled a used version of this Shield that was only $250. We’d strongly recommend the used version as a Best Buy.

Smith & Wesson M&P9 Shield Battleworn Coating SW180021BW 9mm Luger

Gun Details

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Model Number
Home Defense
Concealed Carry
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
Maximum Width
Grip Thickness Max
Grip Circumference Max
Frame Material
Grip Material
Trigger Span Double

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The pistol slide was finished in the Battleworn style. It doesn’t quite look like it walked off a battlefield, but it does “age” the handgun. We liked it. Getting a similar finish on an out-of-the-box Shield would require, at least, several hundred rounds and a lot of holster wear. The average price for such a treatment is about a hundred dollars.
Take down is simple and cannot be faulted. The slide lock worked fine, and rapid speed loads were not difficult.
Fired offhand, the Shield proved controllable and accurate. The sights are good, but not as good as the Honor Guard’s. The grip is small enough to access the controls without shifting the grip.
We used both six- and seven-round magazines and prefer the finger extension of the seven-round magazine, as shown.
We have previously praised the texture of the grip.

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