Posted July 19, 2017 8:35 am by Comments

By Jacki Billings

Last month, I featured the Glock 19 in a piece I lovingly dedicated to lady shooters. Not sure how it would be taken, I was surprised to find that our readership seemed to enjoy a girl’s take on the G19; so I’m back with my womanly perspective on another handgun.
This time, we’re downsizing to a subcompact with a wide fan base. I’m talking about none other than the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield chambered in 9mm.
Bare bones
The Shield is a no muss, no fuss striker fired subcompact. Featuring a barrel length of 3.1 inches, the Shield boasts an overall length of just 6.1 inches. The stainless steel barrel is finished with Armornite and sits atop a matte black polymer frame. The intersection of polymer frame and stainless steel slide equates to a lightweight handgun, weighing just over 20 ounces.
The 9mm boasts the same take-down as other guns on Smith & Wesson’s M&P line. (Photo: Jacki Billings)
You won’t find any fancy features on the Shield — it touts a stripped down, simple design. The slide is clutter-free, outfitted with standard white dot sights and rear serrations. The slide stop/release and mag release sit on the right side, positioned for one-handed operation.


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