Smith & Wesson this week announced a new version of its “micro 9" M&P 9 Shield Plus 3.1 that comes with a 13+1 mag and a factory slide cut for micro red dots. 

Further enhancements from past Shield models include a flat-face trigger and an optimized grip texture designed for concealed carry. It ships with two magazines: an extended 13+1 round magazine that adds to the overall grip length and pistol height and a flush-fit 10+1 round magazine. The pistol features the M&P hallmark 18-degree grip angle, which S&W argues lends to a more natural point of aim, therefore helping to better manage recoil and get back on target quickly. 

The M&P9 Shield Plus 3.1 OR
The overall length of the M&P9 Shield Plus 3.1 OR is 6.1 inches due to a 3.1-inch barrel. Weight is 19.3 ounces. Height, with the flush-fit 10+1 capacity mag inserted, is 4.6 inches. The width is 1.1 inches.

Other standard fixtures include a stainless steel slide and barrel with a black Armornite finish and tritium night sights to include a blacked-out rear and orange ring front sight. Unlike many polymer-framed striker-fired pistols on the market, Smith's M&P series uses a takedown and sear deactivation system that allow for disassembly without pulling the trigger. 

The M&P9 Shield Plus 3.1 OR
Besides the standard model of the M&P 9 Shield Plus 3.1 OR, Smith is also making the micro compact 9mm in a variant with a frame-mounted manual thumb safety and in state-compliant models with only the 10-round mag. 


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Company officials say the new model came in response to calls from customers who liked the previously-released Shield Plus but wanted one that was optics-ready. 

“The use of optics on concealed carry handguns has become increasingly popular as owners look for ways to enhance their accuracy and shooting experience," said Vince Perreault, S&W's senior brand manager. "Responding to consumer feedback, we’re now proud to offer a highly sought-after combination – our M&P 9 Shield Plus pistol complete with a 3.1” slide cut of optics as well as night sights. These popular aftermarket modifications are now available in the M&P Shield Plus, straight from the factory.” 

The MSRP on the M&P 9 Shield Plus 3.1 OR pistols is $595.

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