Smith & Wesson M&P SHIELD Pistol — Slim, Concealable, .45 AUTO

Smith and Wesson M&P45

Smith & Wesson Corp. announced today that it is now offering its popular M&P Shield pistol in .45 AUTO. Smith & Wesson’s M&P45 Shield is a slim, concealable, lightweight, striker-fired polymer pistol. From its one-inch profile to its optimized 18-degree grip angle, the M&P45 Shield offers professional-grade features that provide consumers and professionals with reliable performance and simple operation in a concealed carry. 45 AUTO firearm.

Smith and Wesson Shield .45 acp left
The M&P is now available, for the first time, chambered in .45 ACP.

Whether deployed as a backup sidearm for law enforcement personnel, a deep concealment pistol for plain-clothes officers or a personal protection firearm for consumers, the M&P45 Shield can be carried comfortably and confidently, all day.

Jan Mladek, General Manager of the M&P Brand, said, “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. Well over 1Million consumers and professionals have chosen to “Shield themselves” with the slim, concealable and powerful M&P Shield pistol. The new M&P Shield in .45 AUTO provides that extra level of confidence.” Available for the first time in .45 AUTO, the M&P45 Shield features a slim design combined with the proven and trusted features found in the M&P Pistol Series. At 6.45 inches long, the M&P45 Shield is standard with a 3.3 inch stainless-steel barrel. On the left side of the frame, the pistol is fitted with familiar operational controls including a simple takedown lever, flat profile slide stop, and magazine release. For optimal firearm control, the M&P45 Shield is standard with an 18-degree grip angle, aggressive grip texture and front cocking serrations. The pistol is available with or without a thumb safety, and an extended trigger guard allows for operation with or without gloves. The striker –fired M&P Shield is highly regarded for its crisp trigger and quick and audible reset.

M&P45 Shield Highlighted Features:

Lightweight, unloaded weight of less than 20.5 ounces Slim, .99-inch frame width Compact and concealable with 6.45-inch overall length Aggressive grip texture Front cocking serrations Armornite durable corrosion resistant finish Includes 2 magazines, 6 and 7 round capacity The M&P45 Shield model has an MSRP of $479 and is sold with a limited warranty and a lifetime service policy.

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Comments (8)

  1. I own both the 9mm and the 45cal shields. I shoot a lot and with a eide range of cals. The new 45 cal Shield is a nice size, for the money its pretty well balance, nice weight and even fits my 9mm holster. So, what am I about to say! What I don’t like about it is the sights are to big,,,,bulky and it makes consistency beyond about 20 to 18 feet very difficult. I have sent about 800 rounds down range and it has not gotten better.
    The 9mm version is consistently more accurate! Time after time the 9mm has proven to be the more accurate, consistently accure shooter.
    This is the only 45cal I’ve had difficulty maintaing my accuracy with out to and beyond 25 yards.
    DISSAPOINTED with this one. Good ideal less than expected in implimentation……very hard plece to call shots with.

  2. Four days (including two business days) later, and they still don’t have a photo of the correct pistol for this article. Sure, it’s a .45 ACP M&P, but it’s not a Shield – the proportions are wrong, it doesn’t show the new stippling on the grip, and Shields don’t have a rail.

    I wonder if they’d be that sloppy in an article about a “new” 1911.

    1. Adam, sorry for the delay. There was a lot going on over the weekend at the NRA show and when the post went live, we did not have a picture of the new pistol—as it was not included in the original press release. Thanks for your patience. ~Dave Dolbee

  3. I’ve been asking gun retailers about that multi-piece S&W trigger: if the bottom half falls out the pin breaks whatever goes wrong and you’ve got a stub of a trigger left, will the gun still fire?

    None of them know..

    K.I.S.S.: keep it simple stupid!

    Should S&W ever go back to a one piece trigger, that’s when I’ll start looking at the Shield.

    Until then, I’ll stick with firearms that offer one piece triggers

    1. The hinged lower piece is only for the safety tab on the trigger. Assuming there’s enough length left to catch with your finger, the trigger would be still be functional without it.

      The Apex trigger (available as a standalone part separate from their full kits) is also an option if you dislike the hinged trigger but otherwise like the design.

    2. The M&P has been around since 2006 and is one of the best selling polymer guns on the market. It’s also very popular on the competitive scene with shooters putting thousands of rounds through the guns every week. I’ve never heard of the 2-piece trigger having any issue, on the dedicated forum for the guns or anywhere else. I think your concern is a non-issue.

  4. I wonder if S&W will let customers send in their current Shields (even for a fee) to have the new stippling put on the grip. It definitely looks more aggressive than the stippling on the other M&P models.

    1. I just bought a 45 shield and it’s a great pistol, but the new “aggressive” grip is too much… like 40 grit sandpaper… pretty tough on the hands. IMHO, I think they overdid the “aggressiveness”. I’ll put a Handall Sleeve on mine, even if it increases the width.

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