Smith & Wesson Shield: 5 Accessories You Need

9mm EZ Shield Mounting Rail

There’s a reason the Smith & Wesson Shield is one of the most popular handguns on the market: It’s accurate, durable, smooth-shooting, and was carefully designed to be a top-of-the-line concealed carry weapon.

Take that already-deadly handgun and throw on a few quality accessories, and you’ve got one of the best pistols out there. But what accessories are we talking about, exactly?

Whether you’re a new Shield owner or are interested in ideas, here are five choices for S&W Shield accessories that you should prioritize:

1. Grip

TALON Grip - Smith & Wesson Shield
While the Shield already has a great little grip right out of the box, if you’re like me, the more purchase you can get your hands on, the better.

I like my grip to feel like I could be snowboarding down the side of a mountain with thick gloves and still not have to worry about dropping the thing.

Which is why my first upgrade to my Shield was a TALON grip. They are super easy to install (stick-on) but stay right where I want them. These aggressive grips are comfortable and still keep the gun concealable with their thin profile.

The best part? Upgrading your grip is a very cost-effective customization that will get you more comfortable and accurate shooting.

2. Magazine

Magazine - Smith & Wesson Shield
If you’re like most Shield owners, your main use for the weapon is personal and home defense. So, the single-stack magazine that comes with this S&W will get the job done, but it always makes me feel a little better to have a few extra mags close by.

For the best feeding, I’ve found that it’s just better to stick with Smith & Wesson’s magazines. They were, after all, designed specifically for the Shield.

Grab a couple extra of these single-stacks, and you can do some serious damage to an intruder.

On the off chance you’re planning on taking out a whole posse of bogies, however, ProMag does make a 50-round drum that looks pretty wicked when sticking off the bottom of your Shield.

Just note that this will no longer be a concealable weapon with that bad boy attached!

3. Holster

Holster - Smith & Wesson Shield
One of the best things you can do as a new-to-the-game Shield owner (or any concealed weapon for that matter) is get a holster that fits you well and is comfortable to use.

For a side carry, my favorite holster is the BlackHawk ARC inside-the-waistband holster. It can be set up on strong or support sides and is built like a tank. Its small design makes it perfect to conceal under almost any type of clothing.

When I’m planning on being a little more active like when I go out hunting, hiking, or fishing, my top choice is the great chest holster made by GunfightersINC. I can’t even tell I’m wearing the Kenai most of the time because it’s so well-designed and comfortable.

My final choice for quality Shield holsters is this one made by Blade-Tech that fits perfectly when your Shield has a light/laser combo attached.

It’s so important to find a holster that is comfortable to you, because even if you spend big bucks on a fancy rig with all the bells and whistles, if it doesn’t feel good to wear, then you’re not gonna be carrying like you intended.

4. Sight/Light/Laser

Sights - Smith & Wesson Shield
Your Smith & Wesson is already known for its great accuracy (thanks three-dot sights!), but many Shield owners want to give it that little extra precision push by adding an optic.

For home defense, you’ll want to be able to point and shoot very quickly, which is why an upgraded sighting system is a great idea.

If you’re just looking for night sights, my top choice is the Trijicon HD Night Sight Set with its incredibly bright fiber optics for the fastest target acquisition.

My top choice for a light and laser is the incredible combo that comes on the Crimson Trace LL-801G. As soon as you firmly grip your Shield, this set-up will automatically activate the flood-type white light along with the bright green laser.

The best low-cost option for a sight upgrade is the AmeriGlo I-Dot that will get you faster targeting for less money than other sights out there. It is still a dependable accessory that will do just what you need it to.

5. Trigger

Trigger - Smith & Wesson Shield
As soon as I pulled my Shield out of the box, cleaned it, and put it through its first shots, I noticed it had a very long engagement. I thought several times that I had a dud round before it finally broke over.

That’s why I can’t recommend this after-market purchase strongly enough: the Apex Action Enhancement Trigger & Duty/Carry Kit.

When I fitted my Shield with this kit, I was getting close to 20% reductions in pre-travel and over-travel. It felt smooth and broke cleanly with less pull weight.

I couldn’t be happier with the precision enhancements I’ve been seeing after getting this Apex kit.

Conclusion: S&W Shield Accessories

So, whether you’re looking for improved accuracy, more comfortable carrying or reliability that will put your mind at ease, you can’t go wrong with these five accessory additions to your S&W Shield.

What upgrade did you make on your S&W Shield? Let me know in the comments below!

About the Author:

Richard Douglas

Richard Douglas is a firearms expert and educator. His work has appeared on large publications like The National Interest, Daily Caller, American Shooting Journal, and more. In his free time, he reviews optics on his Scopes Field blog.
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Comments (9)

  1. Do you have any source for a lighter weight recoil spring? I have performance center 9mm shield, and it shoots perfectly and I love it. But at my old age and with bad arthritis, I find it VERY hard to rack the slide. I have tried all the other solutions, including shooting many round and leaving the action open for days at a time,

  2. You need a JMT Mk lll sight pusher and appropriate accessories for any m&p model, Shield included.

  3. Got MP Shield 40 after running 100 rounds through it I installed apex duty carry trigger kit, fully machined striker block, night sights and polished the feed ramp to get rid of the machining of now it’s had 1000 rounds ran through it with zero malfunctioning.

  4. Wish someone would do an article for the Shield EZ 9. No one seems to make fiber optic sights for the EZ no matter how hard you look. Same for good holsters. Appreciate this review but I need EZ 9 info and help!

  5. Personally, I own a Shield 9 EZ. A few of these are in my future, though no new triggers avail. yet that I know of, though I’m looking. I did find a good (to me) AIWB holster at Urban Carry, a LockLeather. Fit me well (32″ waist).

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