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.
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.
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.