M&P Shield Review


I used the white nail polish trick on the lettering and bought an extra magazine for practice at the range.

So this is a review of my Smith & Wesson M&P Shield. I recently sold some handguns and the ammo for them. These were handguns I wasn’t using for the reasons I had purchased them. I am not a gun “collector”, at least I never intended to be. But when I took a step back I realized I was becoming one. I am a firm believer in having things to fill a role and that goes for everything. When it comes to guns each gun I own has a role, self-defense, target shooting, concealed carry and just for fun. The “just for fun” category was overcrowded so I thinned the herd and replaced them with a Smith & Wesson M&P Shield (M&P stands for Military & Police). This is a very small gun but is chambered for 9mm. It is also available in .40 caliber but I decided that 9mm is more than enough if you have the right ammo and know how to shoot straight. This gun came with a 7 round and an 8 round magazine. The idea behind this is you have a very concealable handgun with the 7 round mag and if you need more rounds you can grab 8 more and at that point you no longer care about concealment. Now with 7 rounds you can also have one in the chamber giving you 8 and with a spare 8 round magazine you have 16 rounds. If I need more than that then the SHTF.

Let me state for the record that this is a very comfortable handgun. Perceived recoil is surprisingly light for a 9mm in a gun this size and speaking of size, for those who carry this would make a primary EDC for most people and a damn fine backup piece for our Military & Police brothers (hence the name). So I drove out to my favorite range (RKA) and the range was down after they had an alarm system malfunction following a thorough cleaning of the range earlier in the morning. So since I really had to fire this handgun I made my way to JR Shooting Sports in Aurora. I refreshed my memory as to why I hate going there. They are rude, expensive and the air filter system is a total bust. Needless to say I did not spend too long there. I sent 50 rounds down the pipe and called it good. Well actually is was more than good, the experience (shooting) was great. The gun has very nice sights so no upgrades are planned for that. Sight picture was easy to understand and follow up shots were good because target acquisition was easy because of the lack of recoil and great sights. Double tap with the standard trigger is a piece of cake since the reset is short and the pull is not heavy at all. The feel of the gun is perfect for me, nicely fit in my hand and my second hand knew right where to go. This was the smartest handgun decision I’ve made. This gun can be carried all day and you’d almost forget you had it. My only complaint is the safety. It is very low profile and took some getting used to. However, taking the safety off is easy and intuitive, putting it back on was the tricky part but I’ve never been in a panic to put the safety ON. I give this gun 5 stars and highly recommend it to anyone who is in the market for an EDC handgun.


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