From Smith & Wesson - Smith & Wesson® Now Shipping M&P® Shield™ Pistols to California
New 9mm and .40 S&W Pistols Grandfathered Prior to California Microstamping
Non-Microstamped, Compliant and Approved for Sale in California
Springfield, Massachusetts - Smith & Wesson Corp. announced that it has
commenced shipping non-microstamped, California-compliant versions of its popular M&P®
Shield™ pistols. Approved and added to the California Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale prior
to the microstamping requirement, the new M&P Shield pistols offer customers in California a
slim, concealable, lightweight, striker-fired polymer pistol specifically engineered for personal
Built to professional standards and designed to serve as a dependable carry gun for private
citizens, the California-compliant M&P Shield pistol is available in both 9mm and .40 S&W. In
accordance with state regulations, the new M&P Shield pistols feature a tactile loaded chamber
indicator and a magazine safety .
The pistols also feature a single-sided thumb safety. The
California compliant models feature the original popular design elements which include a high
strength polymer frame with a black, corrosion resistant stainless steel slide and barrel.
Measuring a compact 6.1 inches in overall length with an unloaded weight of only 19 ounces,
the M&P Shield pistol is easily concealed and can be conveniently carried during everyday
“Since its initial introduction, the M&P Shield has quickly become one of the most popular
personal protection firearms on the market,” said Mario Pasantes, Smith & Wesson’s Senior Vice
President of Marketing and Global Professional Sales. “Lightweight, comfortable in the hand and
highly accurate, the M&P Shield provides the same trusted and proven features found in the fullsize
M&P pistol, but with an easily concealable profile that is suitable for self defense purposes.
As California consumers face a diminishing list of pistol choices for personal protection due to
the state’s microstamping requirement, we are proud to offer them access to our newest and
most popular pistols in non-microstamped yet fully compliant versions.”
The M&P Shield is standard with a 3.1 inch barrel and retains familiar operating features on the
left side of the frame, including a simple takedown lever, flat profile slide stop, magazine release
and thumb safety. For optimal firearm control, the M&P Shield is standard with a fixed textured
backstrap and additional texturing at the forward portion of the grip. An extended trigger guard
allows for operation of the pistol with or without gloves.
The M&P Shield is standard with a 5.3-inch sight radius, which allows for fast tracking and
smooth target acquisition while the pistol’s short, consistent trigger pull helps deliver consistent
accuracy. Internal features of the new M&P Shield mirror the standard M&P Series. Its stainless
steel internal chassis reduces flex while providing a stable shooting platform and its low-bore
axis helps maintain ease-of-use and a comfortable feel. Other familiar features include a passive
trigger safety designed to prevent the pistol from firing if dropped and a sear release lever that
eliminates the need to press the trigger in order to disassemble the firearm.
For more information on the new California compliant M&P Shield pistols visit www.smithwesson.
com or visit http://www.youtube.com/user/SmithWessonCorp for exciting new videos
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About Smith & Wesson
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC) is a U.S.-based leader in firearm manufacturing and design, delivering a broad portfolio of quality firearms, related products and training to the consumer, law enforcement, and military markets. Smith & Wesson facilities are located in Massachusetts and Maine. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to www.smith-wesson.com.