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Smith & Wesson Now Shipping M&P Shield Pistols to California

April 09, 2014  | 

Smith & Wesson Corp. announced today that it has commenced shipping non-microstamped, California-compliant versions of its popular M&P Shield pistols. Approved and added to the California Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale prior to the microstamping requirement, the new M&P Shield pistols offer customers in California a slim, concealable, lightweight, striker-fired polymer pistol specifically engineered for personal protection.

Built to professional standards and designed to serve as a dependable carry gun for private citizens, the California-compliant M&P Shield pistol is available in both 9mm and .40 S&W. In accordance with state regulations, the new M&P Shield pistols feature a tactile loaded chamber indicator and a magazine safety.  The pistols also feature a single-sided thumb safety. The California-compliant models feature the original popular design elements, which include a high-strength polymer frame with a black, corrosion-resistant stainless steel slide and barrel. Measuring a compact 6.1 inches in overall length with an unloaded weight of only 19 ounces, the M&P Shield pistol is easily concealed and can be conveniently carried during everyday activities.

“Since its initial introduction, the M&P Shield has quickly become one of the most popular personal protection firearms on the market,” said Mario Pasantes, Smith & Wesson’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Global Professional Sales. “Lightweight, comfortable in the hand, and highly accurate, the M&P Shield provides the same trusted and proven features found in the full-size M&P pistol, but with an easily concealable profile that is suitable for self-defense purposes. As California consumers face a diminishing list of pistol choices for personal protection due to the state’s microstamping requirement, we are proud to offer them access to our newest and most popular pistols in non-microstamped yet fully compliant versions.”

The M&P Shield is standard with a 3.1-inch barrel and retains familiar operating features on the left side of the frame, including a simple takedown lever, flat profile slide stop, magazine release, and thumb safety. For optimal firearm control, the M&P Shield is standard with a fixed textured backstrap and additional texturing at the forward portion of the grip. An extended trigger guard allows for operation of the pistol with or without gloves.

The M&P Shield is standard with a 5.3-inch sight radius, which allows for fast tracking and smooth target acquisition while the pistol’s short, consistent trigger pull helps deliver consistent accuracy. Internal features of the new M&P Shield mirror the standard M&P Series. Its stainless steel internal chassis reduces flex while providing a stable shooting platform, and its low-bore axis helps maintain ease of use and a comfortable feel. Other familiar features include a passive trigger safety designed to prevent the pistol from firing if dropped and a sear release lever that eliminates the need to press the trigger in order to disassemble the firearm.

Tags: Smith & Wesson, Compact Pistols, California


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AJ @ 4/16/2014 7:29 PM

What a joke micro stamping is, just another way to infringe on the second amendment! I wish LEOs would protest Obama & Holder buying up ammo, creating a shortage, because AMMO is apart of BEARING ARMS! Isn't the Gov. stocking piling for the purpose of making A. ammo hard to find B. more expensive morally and ethically wrong? What if Obama had an Executive Order where he TOOK all Retired LEOs, and current LEOs AMMO? Wouldn't people get angry?? Globalists sell out their own Country and own people who's not to say they won't sell out Law Enforcement someday? And disarm you and let the United Nations become the Police State?? If Brian Terry didn't matter, and Ramos & Campeon didn't matter to NWO Bush II. Who's not to say that even Federalized LEOs won't be a target in the future?? We are dealing with Right and Wrong, Good vs. Evil. The citizens who you protect now, will protect you in the future! When you have your own Bundy ranch situation! It can happen to anyone!

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