Smith & Wesson Offers Ported Shield Pistols

Richard Johnson
by Richard Johnson
ported S&W Shield

Smith & Wesson announced the company is now making and selling M&P Shield pistols with ported barrels and slides. Both the 9mm and .40 S&W versions of the Shield will be available with the porting.

Porting can help reduce muzzle rise during recoil. Considering that the guns have relatively mild recoil and rise for their size, the porting may make these into very soft shooters. However, porting can direct a large amount of the flash upward, which might increase interference with the shooter’s vision in low light situations. Many self defense situations occur in reduced lighting.

These pistols are produced by the Smith & Wesson Performance Center. The guns will be equipped with HiViz fiber optic sights. The guns will have the external manual safety.

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  • DavidyArica Freire DavidyArica Freire on Nov 04, 2015

    I'm exited for the trigger and porting.

  • Tim Willingham Tim Willingham on Nov 18, 2015

    I own one ported handgun (G23C). I replaced the barrel with a non-ported version soon after the purchase. The issues with blast while shooting from close in just didn't justify what little advantage the porting might have given to recoil. I only use my pistols as working carry guns so I have no need for range/sport advantages that porting may offer. I also own shields in both .40 and 9mm and love the design. But I will never buy another ported pistol. Just my opinion, YMMV.