1st Generation Smith & Wesson Semi-Automatic Pistols
- Smith & Wesson M&P Essentials
- Smith & Wesson M&P Frame Sizes
- Smith & Wesson M&P Calibers Offered
- Smith & Wesson M&P, Mid and Full Size Frames
- Glock vs. Smith & Wesson M&P
- Introduction To The Smith & Wesson M&P Shield
- S&W Shield vs. S&W M&P Compact Frame
- S&W Shield vs. Glock 26
- SW Shield – Manual Safety vs. No Manual Safety
- S&W Shield 8-Round Magazine — Do Not Use Without The Rubber Spacer
- How To Replace The Sights On The Smith & Wesson Shield Pistol
S&W Bodyguard .380 ACP
Early Smith & Wesson Semi-Automatic Pistols:
Magazines For Early Smith & Wesson Semi-Automatic Pistols:
Smith & Wesson M&P:
Smith & Wesson M&P Essentials:
Smith & Wesson M&P Frame Sizes:
Smith & Wesson M&P Calibers Offered:
- 9mm NATO
- .40 S&W
- .45 ACP
- .380 ACP (Bodyguard)
Smith &Wesson M&P, Mid and Full Size Frames:
Glock vs. Smith & Wesson M&P:
Smith & Wesson M&P Shield:
For a while these were highly sought after and nearly impossible to find. They are commonplace now.
They are available in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP.
The Shield uses single stack magazines to help create a much slim and easy to conceal frame. The magazines are not compatible with the other M&P pistols that use double stack magazines.
The trigger has a very distinct reset (like a Glock) that is missing on the factory triggers of the full-size and compact size M&P pistols.
Smith & Wesson recommends that you limit your use of +P ammunition as it will wear out the pistol much faster (unlike a Glock in which you can use +P ammunition all of the time). S&W says not to use +P+ ammunition at all.
The Shield is sold with two magazines. In the 9mm versions, one is shorter and holds 7 rounds. The second one is a little longer and holds 8 rounds. In my opinion, the 8-round magazine is just as easy to conceal as the 7-round.
The Shields are very easy to carry and conceal, and the 9mm version is very easy to shoot. It is a fantastic for small or medium frame shooters. It’s .40 S&W caliber twin is a little more snappy to shoot and may exclude the pistol from meeting the “shootability” criteria for many shooters.
The Shields are fantastic pistols in terms of the criteria discussed above except that magazine capacity is the absolute lowest that I would recommend for self-defense and prepping purposes. Plan on carrying a couple of extra 8-round magazines, and practice until you are very proficient at fast reloads.
Important: The 8-round magazines have a polymer spacer at the base of the magazine that prohibit the magazine from being jammed too far into the magazine well and either damaging the magazine or jamming up the action of the pistol. Do not remove the polymer spacer!
I recently bought a Smith & Wesson Shield in 9mm. I don’t normally get giddy about guns, but I can’t believe how great it shoots, and how easily is conceals in a Kydex in-the-waistband holster. It won’t replace the Smith & Wesson 642 J-frame revolver that’s been in my pocket for 20 years, or the Glock 26 that also rides in a Kydex IWB holster, but it will definitely be a frequent part of my everyday carry. Just like when you have another baby, you don’t love your other children any less. Your heart creates more love for the new child. My heart has created new love for the Shield.
S&W Shield vs. S&W M&P Compact Frame:
S&W Shield vs. Glock 26:
S&W Shield – Manual Safety vs. No Manual Safety:
S&W Shield 8-Round Magazine — Do Not Use Without The Spacer:
How To Replace The Sights On The Smith & Wesson Shield Pistol:
Watch the following videos before attempting to remove and replace the factory sights. There is a great trick using a soldering iron to release the red Loctite that holds the rear sight’s set screw. Also, there is a spring and plunger under the rear sight. If you are not careful then you may accidentally launch the spring out of the slide when you tap out rear sight.
S&W Bodyguard .380 ACP:
Factory Installed Crimson Trace Laser:
You can purchase the S&W Bodyguard .380 ACP with or without a factory installed Crimson Trace laser built into the frame. To the left is a photo of the front of the pistol without the laser. Pictured right is the pistol with the Crimson Trace laser installed. The red activation button can be seen just forward of the trigger.
.380 ACP Ammunition in the S&W Bodyguard:
Most .380 ACP hollow-point ammunition performs very poorly in ballistic gellatin tests, especially after passing through denim or some other type of clothing. The bullets barely have enough velocity to cause them to properly mushroom, and the little opening clogs up with material from the clothing and causes the bullet to behave like a full metal jacket round.
Hornady’s Critical Defense in .380 ACP works a little different than conventional hollow-point ammunition. It feeds very reliably like a full metal jacket round, and it can’t clog up and fail to mushroom. This ammunition will probably be your best option for self-defense purposes. As always, shoot a couple of boxes through your pistol before you trust your life to it.