Gun Report

Smith & Wesson M&P9 Shield 180021 9mm Luger

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The Smith & Wesson Shield 9mm featured a happy combination of desirable design elements, including well designed and executed grip checkering, good sights, a decent trigger action, and good reliability. The Shield wasn’t the most accurate handgun tested, but it was more accurate, overall, than the Glock 43, which was our baseline for performance. The manual safety is a plus in the minds of several raters. The Shield was the least expensive pistol tested.

Smith & Wesson M&P9 Shield 180021 9mm Luger

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Law Enforcement
Concealed Carry
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 Span Single

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The manual safety of the Shield is in the Safe position.
The Shield carried well in this Galco Carry Lite holster.
Down is for Fire. The controls are easily accessible to the firing hand without shifting the grip.
The Shield fieldstrips easily. The barrel is well made, and the feed ramp allows good feed reliability. We like the takedown-lever function better than the Glock.

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