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Old 04-12-2012, 10:10   #1
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M&P Shield

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Old 04-12-2012, 10:13   #2
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S&W will sell everyone they make.

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Old 04-12-2012, 10:15   #3
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s&w will sell everyone they make.

yup!!

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Old 04-12-2012, 10:21   #4
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I'm most likely going to snag one of these...
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Old 04-12-2012, 10:23   #5
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Glock better wake up!
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Old 04-12-2012, 10:30   #6
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Glock better wake up!
But they prolly won't; with a 300K gun back order on existing models according to some industry "insiders".

But good on S&W for finally getting this to market.
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Old 04-12-2012, 11:11   #7
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I'm cautiously optimistic, not to mention interested.

3.1" barrel (like I'd hoped), with both 7 & 8-rd magazines in the 9mm version, and it's narrow and suitably small. Nice.

The fact that they've already worked with other manufacturers to create a respectable catalog of accessories is a nice touch, too. Saves some time for the consumer.

I might have to call the LE distributor and see what they're going to sell them for to individual cops.

This newest M&P variant might well replace my CS9 as my smallest pocket-holstered retirement pistol. I like how it offers a variable grip height, as well as the magazine capacity of both my 3913 (8rd) & CS9 (7rd).

I won't have the details until the armorer info starts to filter out, but I notice the website description includes ... "has been enhanced with a short, consistent trigger pull measuring 6.5 pounds. Featuring a quick and audible reset made possible by the striker-fired action" ... so I'm guessing (hoping) it may incorporate the newest M&P trigger revision/enhancement designed for the guns using the thumb safety sear housing block. (Because it specifically states it has a quick and audible reset.)

If it indeed has the M&P thumb safety design, then I'll be able to deal with it.

They're going to be selling these as fast as they can make them for the foreseeable future.
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Old 04-12-2012, 11:21   #8
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I like the weight and round count. Good sights. Wish the barrel were a little longer than 3.1". Can't wait to see comparison pics with other 9's, the PM9 in particular. It looks like the PM9 is still going to beat it in overall size.

Looks like the manual safety is not optional? That will be a deal breaker for some. I can live with it. I may even like it.

Glock? Hello?

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Old 04-12-2012, 11:36   #9
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I have to hand it to them: this may be the best-managed release of a firearm in the last few years if they've already manufactured a good stock and waited until they were in the retail supply chain before releasing it.
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Shooting USA - Smith & Wesson Introduces the M&P Shield - YouTube

I have to hand it to them: this may be the best-managed release of a firearm in the last few years if they've already manufactured a good stock and waited until they were in the retail supply chain before releasing it.
True. The norm is to announce/show the product at SHOT Show or wherever then maybe start delivering it in 6-12 months!
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Old 04-12-2012, 11:45   #11
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Old 04-12-2012, 11:51   #12
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"slightly double stacked magazine". This is something I have been dreaming of for a 9mm! The slide for 9mm has to be so thick (compared to other cartridges of the same bullet caliber) that a single stack isn't totally necessary. I like this gun. I can't wait to fondle one. I may even be willing to get used to a thumb safety for this gun.
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Old 04-12-2012, 11:55   #13
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http://www.smith-wesson.com/wcsstore...ccessories.pdf

Big pics.........
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Old 04-12-2012, 12:01   #14
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Holy crap: all the accessories lined up and ready to go? Seriously, I have a whole new respect for S&W from a business perspective. Epic win.
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"slightly double stacked magazine". This is something I have been dreaming of for a 9mm! The slide for 9mm has to be so thick (compared to other cartridges of the same bullet caliber) that a single stack isn't totally necessary. I like this gun. I can't wait to fondle one. I may even be willing to get used to a thumb safety for this gun.
Great design feature. Probably got them one extra round while the pistol stays the same width.
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Old 04-12-2012, 12:10   #17
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Well between this and the Walther PPS, S&W has a monopoly on single stack 9mms with a decent trigger. I'd take an M&P trigger pull over the loooong kahr trigger any day.
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OK: I'm warming up to this gun.

Gun Nuts Media preliminary review: http://gunnuts.net/2012/04/12/smith-...ld-9mm-review/

"The new M&P Shield has a new trigger, which ads a very positive and distinct reset point to the gun making the trigger feel much more like a well tuned Glock trigger."
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The early reviews will start coming in now ...

http://gunnuts.net/2012/04/12/smith-...ld-9mm-review/
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