By Lars Dalseide | September 21 2014 11:36

Your concealed-carry Shield can easily become your home-defense handgun

The newest—and smallest—member of Smith & Wesson’s M&P semi-auto pistol family. Shooting Illustrated Handgun Editor Dick Williams takes Smith & Wesson's M&P Shield on a test run ...

Smith & Wesson M&P Shield
Our Handgun Editor gets trigger time with the newest—and smallest—member of Smith & Wesson’s M&P semi-auto pistol family.

If I could use only two words to describe the original Smith & Wesson M&P semi-automatic pistols, those words would be “superb ergonomics.” And if you were to object with my conclusion because the gun didn’t fit your hand, I would simply tell you to switch backstraps until it did. Among the three different size backstraps provided with the gun, there’s one that will fit just about everyone.

In whatever chambering you choose (9 mm, .40 S&W or .45 ACP) the original M&P makes a great duty, home-defense or car/truck gun. Concealed carry, however, is a different matter. For many of us, pistols using double-stack magazines aren’t that easy to conceal, at least not if we’re going to move about in society and look reasonably normal. Cutting the wide-body pistol down in length and height may help, but that alone doesn’t get the job done.

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