April 17, 2012

S&W Rolls Out M&P 9mm, 40 S&W Shield Pistol

(GunReports.com) — Smith & Wesson’s new M&P Shield is a slim, concealable, lightweight, striker-fired polymer pistol. Available in 9mm and .40 S&W, the new M&P Shield has an easily concealed 1-inch profile and an optimized 18-degree grip angle.

The M&P Shield features a high-strength polymer frame with a black, Melonite coated stainless steel slide and barrel. Both models are standard with a 3.1-inch barrel, which contributes to an overall length of 6.1 inches and an unloaded weight of 19 ounces.

It comes standard with a 5.3-inch sight radius and has been enhanced with a trigger pull measuring 6.5 pounds, along with a quick and audible reset made possible by the striker-fired action.

Comments (9)

I've been in the Marine Corps- law enforcement and I haven't handled a more solid compact .9mm than the S&W Shield. Very natural feel in my hands, great shooter. Very nice to conceal. I put some XS big sights on mine and target accusition is awesome - the speed and accuracy is phenomenal with this firearm. Smith Wesson as far as I'm concerned is right up there with Glock and Sig in quality and durability.

Posted by: Hulkami44 | April 9, 2013 8:11 PM    Report this comment

Yes, Frank L, the M&P series seems to be pretty good. I have a full sized S&W M&P357 that packs very nicely with a 15-round magazine. It feels good in the hand, and it comes into sight alignment very quickly.

Posted by: canovack | June 18, 2012 10:31 AM    Report this comment

S&W shield is the best of all the mps so far.

Posted by: Frank L | June 18, 2012 7:22 AM    Report this comment

S&W shield is the best of all the mps so far.

Posted by: Frank L | June 18, 2012 7:22 AM    Report this comment

It is surprising, and a bit disconcerting, to see the variety of prices that are being charged for the same, or similar, pieces. Now, I wouldn't want to appear critical of the practice of price gouging, but when there is wide variation between MSRP and the asking price, something is amiss. We expect to see gun show prices lower than MSRP, but when they are higher, it sure looks like somebody is trying to make some fast bucks.

Posted by: canovack | April 20, 2012 11:51 AM    Report this comment

Got to hold one on Friday the 13th at a local range, it was the only one they had and it was sold; the happy owner let me check it out (no shooting though). Very nice piece! It was a 9mm version, the 40 is supposed to be out the 20th? They're selling the 9's as fast as they come in at most places. I called 5 gun shops Monday the 16th; one had sold 6 or 7 already, the other sold 5 and had one or two left. Price varied from $389 cheapest to $499 at one store, who still had their one and only (more than MSRP of $449).

Posted by: ThinkN_Do | April 20, 2012 12:38 AM    Report this comment

Interesting commercial. The jogger apparently chose the nicest part of the city to jog in. No wonder she carries. As for the dude, not so much "bad" areas. In the "firing" segment, note the weapon had an extended magazine, which is apparently available for sale? With mits like mine, that feature is a must. Nice looking weapon.

Posted by: ajwrangler | April 19, 2012 2:48 PM    Report this comment

I think you're right Colonel. The number of pocket pistols coming out recently does indicate a higher demand for them than in the past. And that is a good thing for America.

Posted by: david b | April 19, 2012 2:21 PM    Report this comment

The plethora of sub-compact pistols we are seeing is testimony to the many new concealed carriers that are looking for small, easily concealable pieces of routine carry. This pistol, along with the SIG Sauer P224, represents a quality approach to satisfying the market demands for concealable pieces.

Posted by: canovack | April 18, 2012 10:58 AM    Report this comment

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