Smith & Wesson has announced that their M&P Shield pistol in .40 S&W and 9mm is now available without the single-sided thumb safety. The company decided to release these new versions after listening to numerous requests by private citizens, law enforcement professionals and firearm retailers.

The M&P Shield without the thumb safety has a slim, lightweight, high-strength polymer frame which is .95 inches in width. It also has an unloaded weight of less than 19 ounces, a 3.1 inch stainless steel barrel, a simple takedown lever, a flat profile slide stop and magazine release.

On top of the barrel sits a 5.3-inch sight radius along with a white dot stainless-steel front sight and a white two-dot stainless-steel rear sight. The M&P Shield also comes with an 18-degree grip angle and a textured backstrap, in addition to an extended trigger guard which enables the end user to use the pistol with or without gloves.

The 9mm M&P Shield comes with a 8+1 or 7+1 magazine capacity, while the .40 S&W M&P Shield has a 7+1 or 6+1 magazine capacity. Both the 9mm and .40 S&W M&P Shield are available at an MSRP of $449. See below for additional details.

Specifications: Smith & Wesson M&P Shield

  • Model: M&P Shield
  • Frame Size: Compact
  • Caliber: 9mm, .40 S&W
  • Action: Striker Fire
  • Capacity: 6 and 7 Round Magazines (9mm: 7 and 8 Round Magazines)
  • Barrel Length: 3.1” (7.9 cm)
  • Front Sight: White Dot
  • Rear Sight: White 2-Dot
  • Trigger Pull: 6.5 lbs +/-
  • Overall Length: 6.1” (15.5 cm)
  • Frame Width: .95” (2.4 cm)
  • Overall Height: 4.6” (11.7 cm)
  • Grip: Polymer
  • Weight: 19.0 oz. (523.7 g)
  • Barrel Material: Stainless Steel
  • Slide Material: Stainless Steel
  • Frame Material: Polymer
  • Finish: Black/Durable Corrosion Resistant

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