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SMITH & WESSON Smith & Wesson® M&P Shield Semiautomatic Pistol

Smith & Wesson’s M&P pistols are the handguns of choice for many law-enforcement units, and for good reason. Rugged reliability and accuracy combine with solid construction to make the M&P line stand out in a highly competitive field.  Now Smith & Wesson offers the lightest, slimmest and most compact semiautomatic in the M&P family – the Shield™. Less than 1" thick, 6" overall length and weighing just 19 oz., the Shield is perfect for concealed carry or a law-enforcement backup gun. Striker fired with a low bore axis and an 18° grip angle, the Shield delivers a natural sight picture and points instinctively. The consistent trigger pull and short trigger reset enhance accuracy and make for fast follow-up shots. Unlike some compact semiautomatics, the Shield is outfitted with a thumb safety for added peace of mind. Chambered in 9mm with a 3.1" barrel, accuracy is outstanding for a compact semiautomatic. Maintenance is easy with the patented M&P No Tool Takedown System. A steel recoil-spring rod adds durability and the captured spring speeds the takedown and cleaning process. The Shield comes with two magazines, a seven-round version that fits flush with the base of the grip and an eight-round version with an extended finger rest.
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Manual Thumb safety?

Does the M&P Shield 9mm come with an external thumb safety?
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Yes it does come with an external thumb safety (Right Handed only). It is one of the few in the M&P line that does.
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yes -- not obtrusive though.
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Yes, manual external thumb safety.
Very easy to engage/disengage.
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Yes it does have an external thumb safety. It is very ergonomic, smooth and quiet, yet very positive in term of engagement. It is located on the shooters left hand side of the frame right where the slide meets the frame at the most rearward position. it is disengaged (by a right handed,right eye dominate shooter) with the right hands thumb upon draw. The thumb safety locks the trigger. You do not have to use the thumb safety. You always have the option to leave it disengaged. The S&W also has a trigger safety.
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yes it does.
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answer 6
The Smith & Wesson® M&P Shield Semiautomatic Pistol, item # IK-291608 is equipped with an external thumb safety lever.
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which Crossbreed

I have a 9mm shield coming Monday but am not sure if I should get the minituck or supertuck. Any advice would be appreciated
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That depends. If available at your local Cabelas, let them help you try each one out. It is more of a personal preference based on the situation and the way you hope to holster it. I know after I tried several holsters, I went with an ankle Desantis holster. Which seemed to fit me much better than either of those. Hope this helps.
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Check the Desantis pocket holsters -- they are great.
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I have the minituck crossbreed holster for my 9mm Shield.
Really a nice holster but I must warn you there is a very long waiting period from Crossbreed.
Mine took three months to arrive.
Hope this helps....Nick
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I have a Mini-tuck for my Shield 40 and it wears very comfortably all day long. I use a Super-tuck with my Ruger SR40c to better spread out the weight of the heavier gun. It wears comfortably as well but is a little overkill for the Shield. I would recommend the Mini-tuck for the Shield.
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answer 5
I have been Conceal Carrying my M&P 9mm Shield for over 6 Weeks from Morning to Night! I have a Galco King Tuk IWB Holster. Truly Comfortable! I love it!! Nobody knows I have it on me! True-fully I forget I even have it on me! Hope this help you!
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Can you adjust sights to shoot higher?

It shoots 3 inches low at 7 yards. I need to aim 3 inches high to center the groups.
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asked 1 year, 7 months ago
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The factory sights included on the Smith & Wesson® M&P Shield Semiautomatic Pistol, item number IK-291608, are nonadjustable.
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I doubt the factory sight settings are off that much. You should send back for analysis. Otherwise it's most likely an issue with your trigger pull technique.
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Factory sights on the Shield are not adjustable.
There are plenty of after market sights available but I would recommend that you have a "qualified" gunsmith install them for you.....Nick
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Odds are the sights and gun are fine. Its your trigger press. shoot the gun off of a bench and really concentrate on your trigger press.

I shot my M&P compact low when i first got it, parsley do to the bad stock trigger and pushing the gun slightly down right as I would fire in anticipation of the shot breaking.

Upgrading to the apex duty/carry kit should help with a smoother trigger press witch will help you to not shoot low.
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grip enlargement-which rubber slip on?

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Don 't bulk up the pistol with a slip-on. I installed Talon adhesive-backed grip tape. Great product.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
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Second vote for the Talon Grips.
They do not add thickness to the grip and give a better feel compared to the stock grip.
I carry my Shield IWB and went with the rubberized
grips to prevent skin and clothing abrasion which
can occur with the Granulate Texture Grip.
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Which grip activated laser sight will work on this?

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i think the crimson tide will
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Of course Crimson Trace (big $), but Google it to see if there are others. There are a couple that mount forward of the trigger guard. But why bulk up an ultra-compact pistol with a laser?
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The viridian Green Laser Sights Item: IK-713376 and LaserLyte Rear Laser Sight Item: IK-713271 have choices the will work with the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield Semiautomatic Pistol.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
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will it fire +p ammo ?

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It's rated for +p, but if it's for SD, why not just use effective HP ammo and avoid the wear/risk associated with +p?
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Per Smith and Wesson in regards to the Smith & Wesson® M&P Shield Semiautomatic Pistol, Item: IK-291608, the manual states:
“Plus-P” (+P) ammunition generates pressures in excess of the pressures associated with standard ammunition. Such pressures may affect the wear characteristics or exceed the margin of safety. Use of “Plus-P” ammunition may result in the need for more frequent service.
“Plus-P-Plus” (+P+) ammunition must not be used in Smith & Wesson firearms. This marking on the ammunition designates that it exceeds established industry standards, but the designation does not represent defined pressure limits and therefore such ammunition may vary significantly as to the pressures generated and could be DANGEROUS.
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Page 11 of the M&P Shield Safety & Instruction Manual, that comes with the handgun, says clearly that, "Plus-P (+P) ammunition generates pressures in excess of the pressures associated with standard ammunition. Such pressures may affect the wear characteristics or exceed the margin of safety. Use of "Plus-P" ammunition may result in the need for more frequent service,"

Further it states, Plus-P-Plus (+P+) ammunition must not be used in Smith & Wesson firearms". If you own a Shield, I suggest you carefully read all warnings contained in the manual you received.
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Yes.
Quote from Shield Owners Manual
"Plus-P+ ammunition generates pressures in excess of the pressures associated with standard ammunition. Such pressures may affect the wear characteristics or exceed the margin of safety. Use of Plus-P ammunition may result in the need for more frequent service".

If you want to use +P ammo, I would recommend finding a load that functions flawlessly in your Shield and then only using it for Self Defense.
Plenty of standard loads out there for practice....Nick
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Im looking for a good left hand holster to carry my Sheild in. I would prefer outside waistband and something that can be concealed. Any suggestion?

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Hello,
I carry my firearm everyday. I have just a basic holster that i have on the inside of my waistband. It would work on the outside too. I recommend it! Easy to clean, no jams, very light and small.

Be safe!
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I have an Uncle Mike's brand pocket holster, size 4 that works perfect for concealed carry of my 9mm Shield. I also have a Ruger LC9 with lasermax, and it also fits the size 4 very nicely. I can carry either of them in my front pocket, or rear pocket. The 7 shot mag is flat on the bottom, and fits the holster a little better than the 8 shot mag, which has an extension, and is a little longer.
If I ask someone, "does this Shield (or LC9) makes my butt look big, they usually ask, "what Shield"? ha
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Outside the waist band sort of defeats the concealment concept, but I have 3 Desantis holsters that I find comfortable/useful in different situations. IWB, OWB and Soft-tuk IWB. I bought the next size larger (pistol drops in further) on my IWB for appendix carry since I wanted the grip as low as possible for concealment and comfort.
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Will this gun fire if the magazine is removed?

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Yes, the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield Semiautomatic Pistol can fire when the magazine has been removed.
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Yes, the M&P Shield will fire with the magazine removed. It actually says it right on the gun.
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See page 29 of the Smith and Wesson Safety & Instruction Manual for the M&P SHIELD Pistol. Some M&P pistols have the magazine disconnect feature, and some do not. You will have to inspect the subject pistol, and compare it to the pictures and descriptions on page 29 to be sure, one way or the other. SOME WILL FIRE WHEN THE MAGAZINE IS REMOVED, SOME WILL NOT.
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YES IT CAN IT IS WRITTEN ON THE HANDGUN THAT IT CAN
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Mine does.
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Yes! This gun will fire without the magazine. With the .40 Cal, I load the magazine and chamber a round, remove the mag and add another round for 7+1 or 6+1.

It also has lettering on the right side that cautions it is capable of firing with magazine removed.
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