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Gun Reviews By Women – Smith & Wesson M&P Shield – Mary

Smith & Wesson M&P Shield Gun Review

By Mary



Model: M&P Shield

Caliber: 9mm

Barrel Length: 3.1″

Ammunition Capacity: 7 round and 8 round magazine

Price: $400


Smith & Wesson M&P Shield Usage & Features

Primary Use:

Concealed Carry

Are you right handed or left handed?


What features does this gun have that appealed to you?

I love the quality of this gun. Some guns just feel cheap but not this one. Not a lot of kick back when shooting.

Tell us about shooting this gun:

I love shooting this gun. I bought a crimson trace to practice my accuracy and that helped. It is hard to load the magazine so I bought a speed loader which helps.

How does it fit your hand, how do you like the sights, how difficult is it to rack the slide, how would you describe the trigger pull, and how would you describe the recoil?

When I bought the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield  I compared it to the Sig 9mm and this gun won because it felt better in my hand. I have larger hands. But in retrospect I think the fit is slightly too short for my hands, esp. with the 7 round clip. The sights are very good. My biggest problem is racking the slide. I have shot over 1000 rounds through this gun and it is still extremely difficult to rack the slide. And field stripping is almost impossible because I can not get the slide back in the right position because it is just too hard. I am thinking of purchasing a Glock for this reason.

How reliable is it?

Very reliable. Only had one stovepipe during all my shooting.

Any problems with any type of ammunition?

It shoots any kind, no problem.

Does this gun have any specific ammunition requirements? If so, please explain:


What do you dislike about shooting this gun, if anything?

Loading the clip after only 7 or 8 rounds, especially with cold fingers. I bought a speed loader which helps.

Was it easy to take down and clean?

Take down is difficult for me because I can not get the slide in the right position and it is very hard. So frustrating.

Would you recommend this gun?


For someone considering this gun, what would you tell them?

The quality of the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield is excellent, shooting is great and very reliable. Just be sure you have enough hand strength to continually rack the slide and strip the gun.

Anything else you would like to share about the gun?

I want to love this gun but it is hard. Maybe it is not the right one for me.

Smith & Wesson M&P Shield

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