Smith & Wesson Ships Their Three Millionth M&P Shield Pistol

    M&P9 Shield

    Smith & Wesson are celebrating shipping their three millionth M&P Shield. Since its introduction back in 2012, Smith & Wesson have shipped the pistol in various calibres and configuration including .380 APC, 9x19mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP. Since the very first Shield, we’ve seen the M&P Shield M2.0 and the M&P380 Shield EZ.

    The M&P can trace its roots back much further to the famous ‘Military & Police’ line of revolvers which first appears at the very end of the 1900s.

    M&P Shield M2.0 red dot

    Optics-Equipped M&P Shield M2.0 (Smith & Wesson)

    Here’s Smith & Wesson’s announcement in full:

    Smith & Wesson announced today that it has produced and shipped over three million of its market-leading M&P Shield pistols. Originally introduced in spring of 2012, the M&P Shield pistol was designed as areliable, lightweight, and slim striker-fired personal protection pistol to fill an unmet need in the marketplace. Since its introduction, the M&P Shield pistol series has continued to expand with new features, calibers, and configurations, including the newest additions to the M&P Shield family, the award-winning M&P380 Shield EZ®, and the Performance Center®M&P Shield M2.0™ pistol series.

    Lane Tobiassen, President of Smith & Wesson, said, “Over the past seven years, the M&P Shield pistol has continued to be the handgun of choice for personal protection. The M&P Shield pistol design hits the sweet spot between shootability, concealment and power to provide a reliable personal protection pistol. Over the years, we’ve expanded the M&P Shield family of pistols to meet a variety of consumer needs, incorporating integrated lasers, M2.0 enhancements, Performance Center upgrades, and a new EZ version – the first of its kind. We are honored to be the firearm of choice for consumers across the country who have chosen the M&P Shield pistol for their personal protection needs.”

    The M&P Shield pistol series is available in 380 Auto, 9mm, 40 S&W and 45 Auto and features a slim profile and 18-degree grip angle for a natural point of aim. All M&P Shield pistols ship with two magazines and are available with an MSRP from $399 to $854, depending on configuration.

    To learn more about the M&P Shield pistol series, click here.

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