The new Smith & Wesson Performance Center Shield is a great gun. It fits all the holsters and magazines from the original model but adds high performance to the gun.
The sights are beautiful fiber optic and appear to glow in bright day light. The front sight is green and the rear orange which makes it really easy to see which one is which. Your eye is drawn to the front sight by the brighter green color.
The Performance Center added a different sear and plunger to make this trigger reset a little quicker and to shorten the trigger travel before the gun fires. On the shop’s Lyman Trigger gauge I got a consistent 5.5 lbs. On a standard Shield the trigger measured was around 6.5 pounds and not nearly as consistent. When you pull the trigger you can really feel the difference in weight, smoothness, and the shorter reset.
The porting helps keep the gun recoiling straight back so you get less muzzle rise and felt recoil. This makes it easier and faster to shoot. Follow up shots are easy because the muzzle just goes straight back during recoil.
The slide cuts look really cool and help to lighten the slide. Smith used this to make the gun cycle faster to help with those follow up shots. The faster the gun cycles, the faster you can get back to shooting.
Here’s Professional Shooter Julie Golob talking about the Shield Performance Center.
The size of the Shield makes it a great carry gun. Here are the stats from Smith:
Model: Performance Center® Ported M&P®9 SHIELD™
Caliber: 9 mm
Capacity: 8 and 7 Rounds
Action: Striker Fire
Barrel Length: 3.1” (7.9 cm)
Front Sight: HI-VIZ® Fiber Optic Green
Rear Sight: HI-VIZ® Fiber Optic Red
Weight: 18.2 oz. (515.9 g)
Overall Length: 6.1” (15.5 cm)
Overall Width: .95” (2.4 cm)
Overall Height: 4.6” (11.7 cm)
Frame Material: Polymer
Barrel Finish: Black 68 HRc
Slide Material: Stainless Steel
Sight Radius: 5.3” (13.3 cm)
From their web site:
“Smith & Wesson’s new M&P SHIELD™ is a slim, concealable, lightweight, striker-fired polymer pistol. Available in 9mm and .40 S&W, the new M&P SHIELD features a slim design combined with the proven and trusted features found in the M&P Pistol Series. From the pistol’s easily concealed one-inch profile to its optimized 18-degree grip angle, the M&P SHIELD offers professional-grade features that provide consumers with simple operation and reliable performance.
Chambered in 9mm and .40 S&W for proven stopping power, the M&P SHIELD features a high-strength polymer frame with a black, durable, corrosion resistant finish, coated stainless steel slide and barrel. Both models are standard with a 3.1-inch barrel, which contributes to an overall length of 6.1 inches and an unloaded weight of 19 ounces. For fast tracking and smooth target acquisition, the M&P SHIELD is standard with a 5.3-inch sight radius and has been enhanced with a short, consistent trigger pull measuring 6.5 pounds. Featuring a quick and audible reset made possible by the striker-fired action, the M&P SHIELD allows multiple rounds to be placed on target both consistently and accurately.”
At Sparks Firearms we have sold a lot of Shields. In fact it’s one of our best sellers we have. If you come into the shop for a concealed carry gun, chances are, I’ll try to sell you a Shield.
Come by the shop and check out the Performance Center Guns before they are gone.
Prepare for the worst… and hope for the best,