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S&W M&P 45 Shield Pistol : Big Bore Carry

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The video presents the S&W M&P 45 Shield. While slightly larger than the 9mm/40 version, the 45 Shield is an excellent carry option with the power of 45 ACP.

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Fun Gun Reviews begins by introducing Smith & Wesson, which has sold over a million Shield 9mm and .45 caliber pistols, so coming out with a 45 ACP was just a smart move. In 2012, the company introduced its Shield line in 9mm and 40 caliber – a single stack, narrower version of their M&P series, which really appealed to the conceal and carry market.

The 45 ACP is a great option for those who prefer to carry big bore guns. There have been some upgrades over the standard 9mm. There was such a wait for the Shield, and he says he refers ladies who ask on what to buy for conceal and carry to this gun.

He then takes a look at the 45 Shield. There’s a 6 plus one magazine, and he brings in the extended grip that is 7 plus one – longer than the 9mm. It incorporates a lot of stainless steel, including the barrel and slide, made of corrosion-resistant finish. The aggressive texturing is a new feature that helps you keep a good hold, which is great as it has a little bit more recoil. Another thing is that there are serrations at the front of the barrel for racking the slide.

He places the 9mm on top of the 45 ACP to compare sizes, and the 45 ACP is seen to be bigger, with a longer and thicker slide. Other than that, they are pretty much the same. He also compares weights and measurements. The trigger on the 45 is good, especially for a polymer frame pistol. The safety is pivot-style and the trigger is excellent, with a little trigger stop so there’s no over-travel. He also shows the metal sights, the magazine release, trigger guard, chamber indicator, but there are no accessory rails.

He then demonstrates how to disassemble and reassemble the gun. He takes the 45 ACP out for some practice shooting, and says the recoil was manageable while performance was good, especially in shooting defensive ammunition. He says this is a very good choice for conceal and carry, and for defensive purposes.


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