Coming to the Range: S&W Performance Center M&P Shield

The new Smith & Wesson Performance Center M&P Shield.

At the 2015 SHOT Show, Smith & Wesson unveiled the first Performance Center editions of its popular M&P pistol line.

A few days ago, S&W announced the introduction of a new Performance Center M&P Shield personal defense pistol. The Shield has become popular as a carry pistol, especially among shooters with smaller hands.

The new version comes with all the standard features, plus some upgrades that will make the little striker-fired powerhouse even better to shoot.

First, as they did with other M&P PC models, Smith & Wesson has ported the barrel and slide on the PC Shield to reduce muzzle flip and increase ease of target re-acquisition for follow-up shots. It also has an enhanced trigger, with a 6.5-pound pull.

It also comes standard with HI-VIZ fiber optic sights--green in front, red in the rear.

The new Shield comes with two magazines, one with an extended finger groove and one with a flat buttplate.

Like the standard Shield, it measures .95-inch at its widest point. With a height of 4.6 inches and a weight of 19 ounces, it's easy to see why the gun has been so popular as an everyday carry pistol.

The PC Shield will be available chambered in either .40 S&W or 9mm.

Check out Julie Golob's tour of the new pistol: