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Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm review

 

SMITH & WESSON M&P SHIELD 9MM

(CALIFORNIA COMPLIANT)

The Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm is one of the many 9mm pistols on the market today. Unfortunately here in California, we are limited to the pistols that are available for the average citizen to purchase.  The Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm is an approved pistol on the California Handgun Roster. The approved handgun is the model #187021.

Features

You will notice the “Loaded When Up” tab that is raised when the gun is loaded. This allows you to visually inspect the firearm and alerts you that a round is in the firing chamber.

There is also a manual safety toward the rear of the slide. These are the standard features on the California Compliant version. The Shield is easy to  assemble and reassemble.

Visible Loaded Tab

smith & wesson m&p shield 9mm

 

The tab is a nice feature. You can look down at the pistol and know if it’s loaded.  The tab is raised up when loaded. This enables you to actually feel the gun and know it’s loaded. That could be useful in low light conditions or darkness.

Magazines

The Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm come standard with a 7 and 8 round magazine. The 8 round magazine has the finger extension on it. This will add some length to the pistol. I recommend purchasing the 8 round magazines if you have large hands.

smith & wesson shield 9mm 8 round magazine

Manual Safety

smith & wesson m&p shield 9mm manual safety

 

The manual safety is engaged in the up position. The safety is a mechanical device. It shouldn’t be completely relied upon.

Trigger

The trigger pull of the Shield is around 6.5 pounds. The reset of the trigger is surprisingly short with a crisp break. This makes the Shield easy to shoot and accurate.

Sights

smith & wesson m&p shield 9mm sights

Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm comes standard with 3 dot sights.  The large white dot front sight and two large white dot rear sight make it easy to acquire your target. You could also purchase Trijicon self illuminating sights.

Law Enforcement Applications

Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm is a small pistol that is being carried by off duty police officers everyday. Check with your department and make sure it’s authorized. The model 10035 doesn’t have the manual safety. The shield is  easily concealed in a waistband holster or ankle holster.

Civilian Applications

Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm has a definite spot in the civilian market. The 9mm round has relatively little recoil. You can accurately put rounds on the target. If you are lucky and reside in a city that will issue a CCW, this is pistol is easily carried concealed.

The owner that is using the Shield strictly for home protection will appreciate the small size. The 9mm ammunition that is now available on the market rivals the ballistic numbers of the 40 and 45. (That is another article, soon to follow).

Smith & Wesson M&P Shield Complaints

The slide is very stiff and hard to open. I find this is the biggest complaint with new owners. The spring will loosen up after firing a couple of hundred rounds through it. Make sure that you clean and lubricate the pistol after each session.

The Shield does have some muzzle lift when fired.  You need to use a correct shooting grip.  As long as you maintain your correct shooting grip, you will be able to have fast and accurate follow-up shots.

The grips are hard on the hands.  An in-expensive alternative are rubber grips. The Hogue rubber band slides over the pistol grip. It provides more comfort. It also allows a firm grip in wet conditions.

Hogue Rubber Grip

smith & wesson m&p shield 9mm hogue grip

 

Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm specs

  • Model: M&P9 Shield
  • Frame Size: Compact
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Action: Striker Fire
  • Capacity: 7 and 8 Round Magazines
  • Barrel Length: 3.1 inches
  • Front Sight: White Dot
  • Rear Sight: White 2-Dot
  • Trigger Pull: 6.5 pounds
  • Overall Length: 6.1inches
  • Frame Width: 0.95 inches
  • Overall Height: 4.6 inches
  • Grip: Polymer
  • Weight: 19.0 oz.
  • Barrel Material: Stainless Steel
  • Slide Material: Stainless Steel
  • Frame Material: Polymer
  • Finish: Black/Durable Corrosion Resistant

Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm Conclusion

This is a compact pistol that is easily concealed. The Shield is affordable and accurate. As a law enforcement officer, I’ve shot and carried the Shield in a waistband holster.

I would recommend this firearm to the citizen protecting their home or to the off duty law enforcement officer protecting our streets. Purchase one today at Long Beach Guns.

What is the best home defense firearm?

 What is the best home defense firearm?

What is the best home defense firearm? This is probably the most widely asked question of firearm dealers and most argued around the camp fire. What is the best home defense firearm? Unfortunately, many firearm dealers will try to sell you a firearm that they have in stock or endorse.

I truly believe that the best firearm for home defense is one that you are comfortable operating and able to put rounds in the target (threat).

But, this isn’t the answer that you are probably looking for. So I will give you my opinion and some information to support it. But at the end of the day it is your decision to make. If I had to choose one and only one firearm to defend my castle with  it would be the 12 Gauge pump-action shotgun with 00 Buck Ammunition. This firearm is easy to operate and can  put down any threat.

12 Gauge Shotgun Intimidation

The 12 Gauge shotgun is the most intimidating firearm. Especially when that big barrel is being pointed directly at you. Do you remember Elmer Fudd and his shotgun? That barrel looks that big when you’re staring down at it.

home defense firearm elmer fudd with shotgun

 

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Shotgun Defined

A shotgun is a firearm that is usually designed to be fired from the shoulder. It uses the energy of a fixed shell to fire a number of small spherical pellets called shot, or a solid projectile called a slug.

home defense firearm 12 gauge pump shotgun

 

 

Gauge Defined

The Gauge is the interior diameter of a shotgun barrel. It is determined by the number of lead balls of that fit exactly in the barrel. The total number of lead balls equal one pound.

Pump Action Defined

home defense firearm parts of shotgun

home defense firearm pump action shotgun

 

 

 

Once you fire a shell from the shotgun. You move the fore- end (fore-stock) back and forth. This causes the spent shell to be ejected and place a live shell into the chamber. This back and forth action is referred to the pumping of the shotgun.

 

Reliability

You want reliability  your family’s safety is at stake. Pump action is very reliable and fast to shoot.  This pump-action shotgun is a great home defense firearm. It is less likely to jam or malfunction than a semi automatic shotgun (which automatically ejects and loads the chamber each time you fire the shotgun).  The important thing to remember is to fully pump the action. Don’t short stroke it.

Ammunition

I recommend using 00 Buck Shot. You remember from the definition of the shotgun as saying firing pellets from the barrel. The 00 Buck shot contains 9 pellets (you can get 12 pellet version also). So think of it as 9 bullets being fired from the shotgun with each pull of the trigger.

12 Gauge Shot Shell

home defense firearm 00 buck shot

 

One of those nine pellets can cause great bodily injury or death. At 15 yards, all nine pellets will strike the center mass of your target (or intruder) .  As the range increases, the number of pellets striking the target will decrease. The average room is 10-12 feet across and you’re able to put 9 pellets into your target at 45 feet.

Sights

You can equip your shotgun with a variety of sights (Ghost Ring, Beaded, and Rifled). You can get sights that are sel illuminating. But let’s just talk about a basic sight. The basic beaded sight. It’s a metal bead on the end of the barrel. You just point that bead at your target.

 

The beaded sight is the easiest sight to use. You don’t have to worry about aligning two sights. You can easily find your target and put the pellets on your threat quickly.

home defense firearm beaded sight shotgun

 

Complaints

The shotgun is large and heavy. It will take up a lot of storage space. The biggest complaint is the heavy recoil.

Recoil

Recoil is defined as the act of a gun moving back rapidly when fired. The shotgun is not only intimidating to the bad guys but also to their owners. So many people are afraid to shoot a shotgun because they are afraid of the powerful recoil. Most of these people hold the shotgun improperly causing them pain from the recoil.

Proper Stance

 

shotgun stance

 

The proper stance will allow even the smallest of shooters to handle the shotgun with confidence.

There is a pocket in the front of your shoulder. You need to press the stock of the shotgun firmly in this pocket. While keeping the shotgun firmly in place, slightly lean towards your target. This will cause your body to absorb the recoil.

You can shoot this shotgun all day long like this. You will barely feel the recoil. You should practice shooting your shotgun with this stance. Shooting is a perishable skill. You need to practice, practice, and practice. If you concentrate on using this stance, your body will remember. Our bodies have great muscle memory. You will instinctively hold your shotgun in this position.

I’ve had my 11-year-old son shooting targets with the 12 Gauge pump shotgun in 00 Buck. He is able to shoot accurate and with confidence and so will you.

Best Home Defense Firearm Conclusion

The 12 gauge pump-action shotgun is a powerful intimidating weapon. It is extremely reliable. You can quickly and easily acquire your target. The ease of operation and power to stop an intruder makes the 12 gauge pump-action shotgun the best home defense firearm. Purchase one today at Long Beach Guns.