Announced at the April 12th NRA meeting by Smith & Wesson, the new M&P Shield is the first in a new line of compact pistols S&W is putting onto the market. Smith & Wesson found great success when they introduced their M&P line, and it makes perfect sense to expand this line to the compact market. Touted as being everything good about an M&P tucked into a lightweight, carry size, the Shield is sure to be strongly desired as the new go-to carry pistol.
The Shield comes as a single-stack pistol in a polymer frame that can be bought in either .40 or 9mm. Smith & Wesson claims that the pistol will be identical in weight and size regardless of which round size you choose to buy. The 9mm M&P Shield will be a 7+1, and the .40 will come as a 6+1 capacity.
The Shield is easily concealable as it is less than an inch wide with an overall length of only 6.1 inches. Unloaded the pistol weighs only 19 ounces, making it not be a hindrance while resting in your holster or pocket. The Shield has the trademark quick reset of all striker-fired M&P pistols, allowing for consistent accurate shot placement. Heres a first look of the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield with American Rifleman's Joseph Kurtenbach.
S&W offers the M&P Shield as their new anywhere, anytime defense gun - and is rightfully deserving of the title shield.
"One loves to possess arms, though they hope to never have the occasion for them."
Fri, April 20, 2012
by Dyann Callahan filed under