American Rifleman editors recently had an exclusive first look at the new addition to Smith & Wesson’s award-winning M&P Shield series, the new M&P9 Shield EZ, chambered in the popular 9 mm caliber (see the video here). Built for personal protection and everyday carry, the new pistol further expands the M&P Shield EZ pistol platform, which was released in 2018 and features an easy-to-rack slide, easy-to-load magazine, and easy-to-clean design.
“When the M&P380 Shield EZ was released in 2018, we received overwhelmingly positive feedback on the easy-to-use features of the innovative pistol platform,” said Lane Tobiassen, president of Smith & Wesson. “From that point on, we knew we would expand the M&P Shield EZ line with a pistol that incorporated the same features, chambered in the powerful and popular 9 mm caliber.”
The M&P380 ShieldEZ was chosen as the overall favorite pistol in American Rifleman’s Third Annual Ladies Pistol Project, which took place in 2018.
Tobiassen said that with more than 3 million M&P Shield pistols adopted by consumers, the “M&P Shield” name has become synonymous with personal protection. “This much-anticipated release is the next evolution of the personal protection pistol.”
Built for personal and home protection, the new M&P9 Shield EZ pistol is the latest addition to the M&P M2.0 family, and features an 8+1 round capacity and a 3.675” barrel. The pistol ships with two 8-round magazines that feature a load-assist tab for quick, easy loading, as well as a picatinny-style equipment rail to accommodate accessories. The pistol also features an optimal M&P pistol 18-degree grip angle for a natural point of aim, white-dot front and adjustable white-dot rear sights, and a light, crisp trigger. Additionally, the M&P9 Shield EZ pistol is available with an ambidextrous manual thumb safety and a factory-installed Crimson Trace Red Laserguard. MSRP is $479.
To learn more about the new M&P9 Shield EZ pistol and the complete M&P line of firearms, including spec sheets and images, please visit smith-lesson.com.
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