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Smith & Wesson M&P 9EZ Shield

Smith & Wesson M&P 9EZ

Building on the success of the M&P 380EZ, Smith & Wesson is introduced the new M&P9 EZ today.

The new gun blends the easy-racking slide of the original pistol with the more powerful 9mm cartridge. This means that people with reduced hand strength are no longer handicapped by the comparatively low powered .380 ACP.

Features of the new M&P 9EZ include:

  • a slide that is easy to manipulate
  • a slide with tapered rear slide serrations
  • magazines with a loading tab for easier insertion of rounds
  • reversible magazine release
  • a one-piece trigger design

In the above video, Julie Golob gives you an introduction to the pistol.

Standard ModelCrimson Trace Model
caliber9mm9mm
capacity8+18+1
actioninternal hammer firedinternal hammer fired
barrel length3.675"3.675"
overall length6.8"6.8"
weightapproximately 23.2 ozapproximately 23.8 oz
sights3 white dot3 white dot and Crimson Trace Red Laserguard
grippolymerpolymer
finishmatte blackmatte black
MSRP$479$479

Guns will be available with and without a thumb safety. All of the pistols will have a grip safety.

Easy to Load Smith Wesson MP 9EZ

Smith & Wesson is also offering a version of the gun with a Crimson Trace Laserguard that uses a red aiming laser. Lasers can be very useful for people when a traditional sight picture is unavailable. For example, if you are knocked to the ground or are using cover that precludes the alignment of gun and eye.

At this time, Smith & Wesson lists all versions of the M&P 9EZ at the same price: $479. It would seem that there is no additional charge for getting the pistol with the Crimson Trace Laserguard.

I found Palmetto State Armory is currently offering the 9mm EZ pistols for $399 here.

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New S&W Shield in .45 ACP

Smith & Wesson M&P45 Shield

Smith & Wesson made a long awaited for announcement regarding the M&P Shield line at the 2016 NRA Annual Meetings: the guns are now available in .45 ACP.

The new M&P45 Shield pistols are similar to the originals, but they differ in ways beyond just caliber. Both the looks and size of the new guns have changed also.

Quick Takeaways

  • new caliber, same capacity as .40 S&W
  • different dimensions
  • new grip texture, cocking serrations, extended magazine construction
  • available with and without manual safety
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“No Safety” Smith & Wesson Shield a Reality

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The new M&P Shield in 9mm

Smith & Wesson has announced the introduction of a new M&P Shield without a thumb safety.  The guns are in production now, and the first guns should start shipping next week.  The new Shield variants will be available in both 9mm and .40 S&W.  Other than the deleted safety, the guns will be identical to the originals. All of the carry rigs I have included in my Shield holster list will fit this pistol.