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Smith & Wesson Introduces M&P Shield Pistol

April 12, 2012  | 

Photo: Smith & Wesson
Photo: Smith & Wesson

Smith & Wesson Corp. today introduced the M&P Shield pistol, a slim and lightweight compact pistol for off-duty concealment or plainclothes assignments.

The M&P Shield is a striker-fired polymer pistol that's available in 9mm and .40 S&W with a 3.1-inch barrel. The pistol enhances concealment with its one-inch profile and 18-degree grip angle.

The pistol's polymer frame arrives with a black, Melonite coated stainless steel slide and barrel. The pistol has an overall length of 6.1 inches and an unloaded weight of 19 ounces. A short, 6.5-pound trigger pull enhances the M&P Shield's 5.3-inch sight radius, according to the company.

Front and rear sights are white dot stainless steel. The M&P Shield retains familiar operating features on the left side of the frame, including a simple takedown lever, flat profile slide stop, magazine release, and flush-mounted thumb safety. For improved firearm control, the M&P Shield is standard with a fixed, textured back strap and additional texturing at the forward portion of the grip. An extended trigger guard has also been added for operation of the pistol with or without gloves.

The M&P Shield is shipped with both an extended and flat magazine. The 9mm M&P Shield offers an 8+1 or 7+1 magazine capacity while the .40 S&W M&P Shield is standard with either a 7+1 or 6+1 magazine capacity. The slimmer magazines aren't compatible with M&P series duty pistols. The M&P Shield will also be introduced in a California-compliant model.

BlackHawk, Fobus, DeSantis, and Galco are developing dedicated holsters for the pistol, which is currently available for $449. The gun will fit into several existing BlackHawk holsters, including the nylon Belt Slide holster.


S&W's M&P Shield Pistol (video)

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Comments (10)

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Sean @ 4/12/2012 12:55 PM


Clar @ 4/12/2012 4:45 PM

Good looking pistol, the only reason I never had MP's before is old school thumb safety security (1911 style). I do have a Glock 26 that I had Joe Cominelli inventor of the Glock manual safety kit put on for me. The kit is sold at Brownell's. The safety works flawlessly. Joe told me he was also former L.E.
I probably will purchase this one I just wish I could have tried it before I upgraded my Glock. If the MP Shield performs as well as it looks IMHO S&W has a first class winner.

Bill @ 4/12/2012 10:19 PM


04/12/12 at 5:56PM picked my M&P Shield 9mm. This is a great gun, out of the box I loaded 5 rounds and shot from 20 ft. with 1.5 groups groups out of the box; tightened my grip and tightened the groups. Customers and employees admired and shot the pistol and loved it. This is my new carry weapon, looking forward to getting more mags, for IDPA shooting, and steel challenges. Thanks Smith-Wesson :)

P.S. all available guns were sold, fast!
Thanks Dan (owner Ga. Firing Line)

Bill @ 4/12/2012 10:24 PM

5 Stars

D-Ray @ 4/13/2012 7:31 AM

Looks like a nice concealed carry piece. However, I have one of the new Springfield Armory XD-S micro .45's on order. According to the reviews and tests I've read, it's an out of the park home run!

Jay @ 4/14/2012 12:51 AM

This gun looks like an expansion to the success S&W had from their Bodyguard series. Same gun just not a .38 and less the laser.

Jay @ 4/14/2012 12:51 AM

This gun looks like an expansion to the success S&W had from their Bodyguard series. Same gun just not a .38 and less the laser.

Ed @ 4/16/2012 1:29 PM

Dear Glock,

For years many of us have been asking for a single stack version of the G26/27. They are great guns, but....fat. S&W has beat you to the starting line.

Steve Rogers @ 9/29/2012 2:31 PM

Ordered the S&W M&P Shield 9mm on 9/11/2012, and patiently waiting for call from my local dealer. There are NONE available within 1000 miles of my PA address!! My CCW is a S&W 637 5 shot Chiefs Airweight 38 special 2" barrel revolver, for now. There are 10 orders ahead of mine, so I will be very lucky to get the gun by Christmas!?

Debra King @ 10/9/2012 7:52 PM

I just missed buying the S&W M&P 9mm Shield. My local dealer had four and sold them all in one day. This is October 2012, and I see they are still hard to get.

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