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Reviewing the Smith & Wesson Shield .45

Many .45ACP fans have been waited for an S&W Shield in this caliber

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By: Ed Head

It’s about time. Fans of the .45 ACP cartridge have been waiting some time for Smith & Wesson to present them with a Shield pistol chambered in their favorite defensive round. After all, the .45 version of the M&P full size and compact pistols has been available almost from the beginning of the M&P lineup. So where was the .45 Shield? While I can’t answer that, I can say this new sub-compact pistol is well worth the wait.

While you might expect the .45 Shield to be larger and less concealable than its 9mm cousin the difference is slight. The .45 is just a tiny bit taller, wider and longer than the 9mm Shield but not so much that it’s noticeable. If you have a 9mm Shield holster you might find the .45 Shield fits – a bit snugly – but it will fit. If you happen to have a holster for the Springfield XDs you will likely discover the .45 Shield is a perfect fit.

While you might expect the .45 Shield to be a lot heavier than the 9mm Shield the fact is the difference, again, is barely noticeable. The bare weight, unloaded with no magazine, of the 9mm Shield is 18.2 ounces and the .45 Shield comes in at 20.3 ounces on my scale.

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