Smith & Wesson had a big announcement today for fans of its popular carry pistol, the M&P Shield: it will now be offered chambered in .45 ACP, according to a release from the company.
The slim, concealable, lightweight, striker-fired polymer pistol has become a favorite among concealed carriers of all walks. With its one-inch-wide profile and an 18-degree grip angle, it’s not hard to see why. The new M&P45 Shield is a logical progression toward filling out the line, which already includes several 9mm and .40 S&W versions.
“Our new M&P45 Shield takes personal protection to the next level by offering all the M&P features our customers have come to trust, combined with .45 caliber power,” said Jan Mladek, General Manager of the M&P Brand, in a release. “Well over a million consumers and professionals have chosen to “Shield themselves” with the slim, concealable and powerful M&P Shield pistol.”
The new pistol is 6.45 inches long overall with a 3.3-inch stainless-steel barrel. The controls are familiar to Shield shooters: a simple takedown lever, a flat profile slide stop, and a magazine release on the left side of the frame. The M&P45 Shield also features an aggressive grip texture and front cocking serrations. It’s available with or without a manual thumb safety and weighs less than 20.5 ounces unloaded with an Armornite corrosion resistant finish and a six or seven-round capacity. MSRP: $479.
Those weren’t all the updates for the Shield line this week. S&W has also announced its 9mm and .40 S&W Shield models with ported barrels and slides are now available with front and rear tritium night sights.
Smith & Wesson has also added a new model to it’s line of M&P polymer pistols with the introduction of the M&P22 Compact rimfire pistol in durable Cerakote Flat Dark Earth frame finish.