Smith & Wesson‘s (S&W) M&P Shield M2.0 is a striker-fired semiauto pistol built on a subcompact polymer frame with a stainless steel slide, and chambered in 9mm or .40 SW. It’s the next-generation version of S&W’s M&P Shield pistols (here’s a link to our in-depth review of the first-version Shield). You can get it with or without an ambidextrous thumb safety, and with or without an integrated Crimson Trace red laser sight. And get this: Adding the laser sight costs only $20 more!
New Shield M2.0 features include:
- More aggressive yet finer grip texturing;
- forward cocking serrations on the slide;
- a lighter, crisper trigger pull (5 lbs. vs 7 lbs. on the original); and
- an audible and tactile trigger reset.
Features retained from the original Shield include:
- A stainless steel barrel with an Armonite finish;
- an Armonite finish on the slide;
- an 18-degree grip angle for natural point of aim;
- a simple take-down lever for easy disassembly and maintenance, and a sear-deactivation lever so you don’t have to pull the trigger when disassembling the gun;
- a steel, post, white-dot front sight dovetailed into the slide;
- a steel, notch, two-white-dot rear sight dovetailed into the slide; and
- one standard magazine and one extended grip magazine.
Tritium night sights are available. The M&P9 M2.0 comes with a limited lifetime warranty and a lifetime service policy.
On camera: Check out American Rifleman’s introductory Shield M2.0 video with Julie Golob.
|9mm||7+1, 8+1||6.1″||3.1″||4.6″||.95″||18.8 oz.|
|.40 SW||6+1, 7+1||6.1″||3.1||4.6″||.95″||18.1 oz.|
Pricing & Shopping
MSRP: $479 (standard sights, no laser)
MSRP: $579 (with night sights)
MSRP: $499 (with laser)