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S&W M&P9 Shield No. 180021 9mm Luger, $449

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The dependable little Shield pleased us quite a lot. It was easy to shoot, slim, easily maintained, and not too expensive.

S&W M&P9 Shield No. 180021 9mm Luger, $449

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On the range we found the Shield outshot the SIG with the FMJ Russian ammo and with the Cor-Bon, and about equal with the cast-bullet load in our limited testing. We had no problems at all with the Smith. The more we shot it, the more we liked it.
Spin the lever and apart she comes. The captive recoil spring was easy to get in and out without danger of lost parts.
Despite the same recoil characteristics of the instantly dropping barrel, the S&W had no problems with shaved primers. It always went bang.
The well had a gently tapered edge, all the better to let the magazines slide in easily. We had no problems with the Shield.
The innards of the M&P were easy to get at and keep clean.

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