Smith’s new Shield pistol is going to be a rare find this year… but if you stumble on one – SNAG IT.
It’s very compact, but because of the magazine extension, you can actually get a good solid grip on the weapon.
It’s narrow, but not too skinny as to be awkward. M&P Lines, so it looks like an M&P, not an upsized Bodyguard… Being a Striker fired gun, it’s all M&P genetics here. The safety lever is the only wart, but it’s a very unobtrusive one… which means actually using the safety lever is more difficult and of course completely useless. This is a Bodyguard trait that should have been erased.
Right now, they are out in 9mm. But they have already gone out to the allotted dealers. If you see one and pass on it… good luck finding another one in 2012…
It’s kind of like an M&P Compact’s anorexic little sister.
The magazine holds 8, so you are not giving up much on the M&P Compact. They said they improved the trigger of the standard M&P’s trigger… and that’s true. They did. But there are already people out there working on an Improved Improved trigger for it.
It’s not a straight up Single Stack… it does have a slight stagger to it. This is why it gets as many rounds as it has, and feeds well, and gives you a bit of a funnel for a quicker reload when you need it.
Overall, I’m impressed. S&W’s M&P line up is all excellent stuff and this gun is no different. Let’s see, there is the new SIG 938 and the new Beretta Nano, the newest of the Sub Compact Slim Nines… The SIG is a mini 1911 and thus in a class by its self… the Nano is a Double Action. So while not a real Apples to Apples gun, the Shield smokes it. The only thing really like the Shield is the Walther PPS and I think the Shield is a much better pistol. It feels better in the hand, better trigger, and feels like a more solid built gun. And, I believe, the Shield is less money These are about 400 bucks and the PPS is, if I remember, about 500. That’s enough left over for a very nice holster.
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I checked one out on Sunday and made the common mistake, passed it up and when I called to check on availability they were all gone. Looks very familiar to my full size M&P 9
George, will it fit in an M&P Compact holster, or is it too thin?
Seems like the direct competition will be from the sa xds. Have you been able to check out one of those yet?
Not yet, but they are on order… In .45.
I have an XDs.It is very good,nice trigger and shoot good.
I have the 45 cap.Have not sot the Shield so I can’t compare.
I saw one of these at Gunnies today… Has a “not for sale” tag on it… If I would have bit the bullet I would have been 5th in line on the order list… I was oh so tempted.. but 2 hrs to go pick up a gun who knows when is hard to want to do..
I have mine from Academy for $399. It is a great little gun. Holster is on way. Gun shoots well.
I’m a Glock fan boy but the Shield has replaced my Glock 26 as my primary sub-compact. Love the trigger on the Shield, crisp with a short reset. Great carry gun and it’s a shooter!
I saw one and bought it. Glad I did. I will cancel that order for Kimber Solo now. Feels good, shoots well, easy to break down and clean and conceals nicely. Buy it!