Updated: Oct 15, 2019
Today we are taking a look at the M&P Shield 2.0 9MM. It is a single stack, polymer framed, striker fire pistol. It has an 8+1 capacity, a 3.1 inch barrel, an overall length of 6.1 inches, weighs in at 18.3 ounces, and it comes with the traditional 3 dot sight system. Out of the box it includes two magazines, a flush 7 round magazine and an extended 8 round magazine. Visually, not much has changed from the 1.0 series. It features front slide serrations for you press checkers, and other notable differences include the more aggressive grip texture and an improved trigger. The trigger is leaps and bounds above its predecessor. It’s a hinged trigger system with a pull weight between 5 and 6 pounds. It has a crisp, audible, and tactile reset. However, in my opinion the trigger reset could be shorter. I was pleasantly surprised with the manageable recoil and the negligible muzzle flip. These were both concerns considering the size and weight of the firearm. Out of the box I found this gun to be extremely accurate and comfortable compared to other compact and subcompact guns. It fits well in the palm and there is plenty of room for your support hand. To me, it didn’t feel like shooting a compact or subcompact firearm. I have put roughly 4,000 rounds down range with little to no malfunctions. I did have some issues with steel and aluminum casings, but it ran every bit of brass that I could feed it. I put it through its paces and ran it dirty on several occasions. It has proven to be an extremely dependable weapon and at the end of the day, that is what really matters. Is this firearm going to function when your life is on the line? It is easily concealable and you can find generally find one between $350 and $400 dollars. In our opinion, the M&P Shield is a great option when considering your first concealed carry.