Complete Guide to Modern Smith & Wesson M&P Pistols By:


In the spring of 2021, S&W made a big announcement with the introduction of the M&P9 Shield Plus. This, again, showed that S&W was listening to its consumer base by totally revamping the original M&P9 Shield. This new Shield Plus has a vastly improved flat trigger while also borrowing features like grip texture and slide serrations from the M2.0 lineup.

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I’ve reviewed the Shield Plus in the past, and I absolutely loved it. I think it has one of the better stock triggers, especially for the price point. It was only natural, then, that I decided to take the Shield Plus Performance Center pistol for a ride after. Today, almost all of the iterations above, save for the Bodyguard, have a Performance Center variant to offer.

If you’re someone who is serious about your training or if you ever want to venture into competition, then the Performance Center might just be for you. These guns are tuned up and ready to go right out of the box. They took a really good thing with the already great trigger in the Shield Plus and made it even better. Then they added a Crimson Trace laser, gave it an enhanced recoil spring, and it was ready to feed on ammo. It shoots incredibly flat, and the enhancement of the optic really make it an easy shooter.

You really can’t go wrong with any of the guns on this list. They’ve been tested and put through the paces by many others, and the results are always seemingly the same. The guns are loved by the people who shoot them.

There’s a simple reason why these guns are beloved and turned to by some of our nation’s finest. They are just downright durable and dependable guns. When it comes to defensive handguns, there isn’t much more you can ask for.