BOTW: M&P SHIELD: Everything But the Kitchen Sink Build

    The eighth Installment of Build of the Week was contributed by Johnny.  I am a personal fan of the M&P Shield. I carry one on duty (original; not the 2.0) as my backup gun and honestly find myself carrying it as my CCW during the summer months. These mods all sound pretty reasonable for a lower cost upgrade–no need to make this a race gun…

    In any case, keep the submissions coming in!  We are publishing them in the order in which they were received (with the exception of a single person submitting back to back–those will get spread out).

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    “Everything but the kitchen sink build”. With the 2.0 m&p being the new buzz i thought why can’t an original M&P Shield still be top dog. This was a shop build here at JohnnyRobinsonArmory to see if we could make the best M&P shield with mostly over counter upgrade parts and light smithing so the average joe can build a great shooting concealable firearm on a moderate budget.

    Specs in order of most effective results:

    • Apex trigger kit- Hands down the best results for shields-clear audible reset
    • True barrel- no more burning out the stock barrels -great lockup
    • truglo sights- preference
    • 8 rd mag with “Bastion ” base plate- perfect fit for average hand size
    • custom stippling- anyway to get better grip is a plus on shields

    We did light gunsmithing, filed out trigger opening, re-angled mag well, made the thumb safety a tiny bit bulky and smoother.

    We did not want to get gunsmith crazy on this because it was focus for average people to afford and make a great concealed firearm.

    Comment below to ask Johnny questions about his build.

    Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he teaches wilderness medicine and runs an on-demand medical staffing business. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.

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