The Smith and Wesson Shield gained several fans when it was released. But, then came the M&P Compact and while this gained a new set of fans, the Shield continued to get a fair share of orders.
But what makes these guns unique? And which is the right one for you?
It’s only by understanding these guns and knowing the differences between them that you’ll be able to decide on which one is the perfect match for you. So, let’s find out what you get with these bestsellers in this Smith and Wesson Shield vs M&P Compact review…
Like most modern ultra-compact pistols of 9 mm caliber and more, with a double row of cartridges in the store, the M&P Compact is based on the standard full-size M&P model. This small pistol differs from its prototype in the reduced length of the barrel, casing bolt and handle.
The compact version receives all its advantages from the full-size M&P model. The polymer frame, however, makes this weapon light and compact. The recoil is not strong, almost like that of similar-sized pistols of the same caliber with a steel frame. This makes it a good option for continuous firing.
This compact variant is sold in a number of models which you can view below. You can easily note the “c” at the end of each value to denote the “compact” model.
The Smith and Wesson Shield pistol consists of a polymer carcass and a steel cylinder head. This architecture, which is becoming standard, reconciles reduced weight, solidity, and real durability. The use of synthetic material for the handle also gives you a comfortable and adherent relief facilitating the grip.
The controls were designed to project as little as possible from the weapon while remaining very functional. This minimizes the risk of snagging during unsheathing in an emergency without sacrificing practicality.
Essential and yet so often overlooked, the Shield has what the vast majority of subcompact pistols can only dream of: good user comfort. It is the experience and the talent of the craftsmen. Its full non-slip grip is “everything” to write home about.
Take a look at its specifications below.