The Smith & Wesson M&P Shield

The Smith and Wesson M and P Shield.Smith & Wesson got the 2012 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits ball rolling with the unveiling of the much-hyped M&P Shield on Thursday.

A compact semi-auto that is available in both 9 mm Luger and .40 S&W, the Shield is designed to be ideal for concealed carry—while still packing a considerable punch.

The Shield is reliable, concealable and affordable—it's going to be shipping with an MSRP of $449. A bevy of compatible accessories are expected to launch alongside the Shield, providing firearms owners with plenty of customization options.

For more on the Shield, check out this recap from American Rifleman's Assistant Editor Joseph L. Kurtenbach, or check out the video below.

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