The Smith & Wesson Shield is a semi-auto pistol chambered for 9mm and .40 S&W. The Shield was added to the Military & Police line of duty pistols in the spring of 2012 at the annual NRA convention. S&W considers the M&P line its premier line of duty guns. What makes the S&W Shield unique to the line is its compact size and slim width.
On the frame the Shield is 0.95 inches wide, while up top on the slide it measures 0.98 inches wide. Due to its thinness, the Shield is considered a concealed carry gun, but Smith & Wesson suggests it could also be used as a duty gun–ideally for plain clothed officers.
The Shield is striker fired handgun and has standard controls such as slide stop, magazine release, manual safety and takedown lever, which are all in place for right handed users. It has a double action only trigger with a 6.5 pound pull weight. It is also equipped with a trigger safety, so the trigger actually has to be pulled in order for the gun to fire. Both calibers come with two magazine, one that fits flush with the grip and the other is an extended grip that has room for an extra round. Lastly, it is equipped with drift adjustable three-dot sights.
Like the other M&P pistols, the Shield has a stainless steel slide with a black Melonite finish and a Zytel polymer frame. The Melonite finish is said to be extremely durable and rust resistant. The overall length of the Shield is 6.1 inches and its height is 4.6 inches. It has a 3.1-inch barrel and weighs right at 19 ounces unloaded. MSRP is $449 for both the 9mm and .40 S&W.
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|S&W M&P Shield|
|Caliber:||.40 S&W<br />9mm|
|Capacity:||6 or 7<br />7 or 8|
|Features:||Released April 2012<br />Striker fired; right handed controls only; and thin 0.95-inch width|
|Slide Material:||Stainless steel/black Melonite|
|Frame Material:||Zytel polymer|
|Trigger Pull:||6.5 pounds|