Skip to comments.Smith & Wesson M&P Shield Review
Posted on 04/17/2012 5:32:35 PM PDT by smokingfrog
In my assessment, the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield appears to be one of the more interesting product announcements to come out of the 2012 NRA convention that was recently held in St. Louis. With this announcement Smith & Wesson has thrown their hat into the ever crowding compact pistol arena.
The M&P Shield is a striker fired weapon and is just .95 inches wide by 4.6 inches high and is just 6.1 inches long.
It weighs 19oz. and comes chambered in either 9mm or .40 S&W. The feature that grabbed my attention is the thumb safety on the left side of the frame. I know some people who absolutely hate the protrusion of a thumb safety on a carry gun.
However, by the dimensions stated on the Smith & Wesson website this is indeed a gun intended for those needing a backup gun or just a very concealable pistol for those who can do so legally.
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Picked mine up today. Love it so far!
Love my full-size M&P 9mm. Already have a Kahr for carry, but was sill too large so I’m carrying my Ruger LCP full time.
But it looks like another winner from S&W.
You shoot it yet?
I really like it. One inch wide grip on the S&W seems like it would beat your hand up.
If anyone chooses it, factory ammo will not be as efficient as rolling your own. The barrel, at 2.5in is too short for anything but the fastest powder and lightest bullets.
I recommend the .40 with the 150gr Nosler HP backed by 8 grains of Hodgdon Longshot.
Very hot load, not for plinking. It will wear out your pistol...but should still give you about 1050-1100fps for that 150gr .40 out of that 2.5in barrel.
Adequate. If you can hang on for follow-up shots.
I like my SR9 too.
My first striker fire, a .40S&W Sigma was a value: good price, reliable but a terrible trigger.
The Ruger trigger is nice.
My only striker fired gun is a Taurus PT 745 Millenium Pro. It shoots fine, carries/conceals well, and holds seven (6+1) rounds of .45 ACP. Very important to me that it has a positive thumb safety - just like every other semi-auto pistol I own.
That gun looks like my S&W Bodyguard minus the laser.
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