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Reviewing the Smith & Wesson Shield 9mm

Ed Head reviews one of the highest-selling concealed carry pistols on the market

(Photo courtesy of Down Range TV) (Photo courtesy of Down Range TV)

By: Ed Head

When Smith & Wesson announced their Shield .45ACP pistol earlier this year I asked them to send me a Shield 9mm as well. The 9mm Shield has been around for several years and has been a very successful seller in the red-hot concealed carry market. We’re going to take a look at the 9mm first and in a subsequent article we’ll evaluate the .45 while comparing it to the 9mm.

The Shield lineup of pistols are an outgrowth of Smith & Wesson’s very popular M&P (Military & Police) line. These include full size and compact models in 9mm, .40 S&W and .45ACP, as well as various models with and without thumb safeties, night sights, optic ready and ported barrel versions. The Shield versions of the M&P pistols can be seen as the sub-compact pistols in the lineup and, like the other models, share the same chamberings and many of the same options. While some folks may see the Shields as pocket pistols I think they more appropriately fill the role of small, easily concealable pistols best carried in a belt or inside the waistband holster or in a lady’s bag. Attributes like their small, thin profile, reliability and ease of operation are appealing features of Shield pistols.

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