SMITH & WES­SON M&P SHIELD

Concealed Carry Hand Guns - - THE ARMORY -

While the Kahr is the new gun on the bloc, the M&P Shield has been du­ti­fully pro­tect­ing Amer­i­cans for sev­eral years. In fact, more than a mil­lion S&W Shields have been sold, so it goes with­out say­ing that the shooting com­mu­nity has em­braced this gun’s de­sign. And what’s not to love? The trim striker-fired Shield mea­sures just over 6 inches long and weighs about 21 ounces, mak­ing it easy and com­fort­able to carry all day long.

An Ar­mor­nite black fin­ish coats the slide, and the poly­mer frame has a com­fort­ably tex­tured grip that isn’t overly ag­gres­sive. Break­ing down a Shield pistol for rou­tine main­te­nance is fast and sim­ple, and the dove­tailed three-dot sights are solidly con­structed and easy to see. If you want a pro­duc­tion hand­gun with a lot of op­tions, then this is a great choice. There are al­most 30 dif­fer­ent Shield mod­els in var­i­ous cal­ibers with var­i­ous sights, lasers and frame color op­tions. There are also mod­els with or with­out man­ual safeties, and state-com­pli­ant ver­sions as well. There’s even a ported Per­for­mance Cen­ter of­fer­ing.

Each Shield 9mm comes with two mag­a­zines, a flush-fit seven-round model and an eight-round mag with a fin­ger ex­ten­sion. I’ve fired a hand­ful of dif­fer­ent Shield mod­els, and I have found them all to be ex­cel­lent, cy­cling a wide range of ammo and of­fer­ing up all the ameni­ties you need for con­cealed carry. No won­der these guns are so pop­u­lar.

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