First impressions of the Smith And Wesson M&P Shield 9mm…
Well, right off the bat, I was expecting it to come a lockable plastic pistol case. Instead, it’s packaged not unlike a pair of shoes.
Inside was a lock, a fired casing, the usual paraphernalia, the Shield and two magazines; an 8 round mag with an extended basepad, and a smaller 7 round mag.
A few first impressions:
- The trigger pull measured 8.5 lbs, and it’s decent striker-fired trigger: No grit, no stacking, a discernable break and, unlike a lot of other M&P’s, a noticeable reset.
- It feels fantastic (and this is coming from someone who regularly shoots a CZ75, which is known for it’s ergonomics): The gun points well, as no discernible rough spots to tear up your hands, and fits well into my little skinny girly hands.
- The sights are… ok. Never been a big fan of three dot sights (although they’re better than the party favor sights that a Glock comes with). I’ll be looking to swap these out with some night sights (or better yet) a combination tritium/fiber optic sight in the near future.
- It’s skinny. Skinnier than my Sccy, but shaped a little different, which means all the holsters I have for my Sccy won’t work with the Shield.
Let’s talk about that last one for a bit. Here’s the Shield in a pocket holster that fits my Sccy like a glove.
Nope. Not with that exposed trigger, at least. While the Sccy and Shield are shaped similarly, there are differences.
The Shield is a bit taller and longer and therefore only fits into the pockets of cargo shorts and the like, whereas I could kinda sorta pocket carry the Sccy in a pair of dress pants.
Next up, spending some quality time together.