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Smith and Wesson M&P Shield Plus - Performance Center Review

The Smith and Wesson Shield Plus Performance Center MSRP's for $653 according to the Smith and Wesson website.


Here are some links to purchase WELL below MSRP. I have listed the two PC models, and the standard Plus model. The Gun in review today is the 3.1" PC Model that is ported.













SMITH & WESSON - PC M&P 9 SHIELD PLUS 9MM FIBER OPTIC TS PORTED 3.1"

SMITH & WESSON - M&P 9 SHIELD PLUS 9MM NTS 10/13 RND 3.1"

SMITH & WESSON - M&P 9 SHIELD PLUS 9MM W/RED DOT NTS 4"

SMITH & WESSON PC M&P9 SHIELD PLUS 9MM PISTOL EDC KIT 13RD 3.1"

SMITH & WESSON M&P SHIELD PLUS ULTRA COMPACT 9MM PISTOL

SMITH & WESSON PC M&P9 SHIELD PLUS 9MM PISTOL 13RD 4" NTS W/ CT RED DOT

$599.99

$535.99

$849.99

$599.99

$499.99

​$849.99



Check out the YouTube video and review here!



Now... to the written review!


Quality Impressions -



I was actually out of town on a family vacation and visited a gun store. Sitting in the shelf was a brand new Smith & Wesson M&P Shield Plus Performance Center Edition (That's a mouthful).

Due to the popularity, I decided to pick it up with intentions of Carrying this as an EDC, and of course to review it extensively.


Fast forward several months... it is still my preferred EDC and has performed FLAWLESSLY. I do have one complaint, and that is in reference to one of the pins that sit under the takedown lever. For some reason this pin was slightly popped out which kept the takedown lever from rotating completely. I hammered it back in... we're good.



Features

(Text here is Copied from the Smith & Wesson Website, here is a link to the source)

https://www.smith-wesson.com/


Smith & Wesson has introduced the most comfortable, high capacity concealed carry Micro Compact ever! Smith & Wesson's new Micro Compact gives you a 10 and 13 round magazine, a flat face trigger and enhanced grip texture.

Product Features

  • Flat face trigger for consistent trigger finger placement that allows for more accurate and repeatable shooting.

  • Enhanced grip texture allows the user to manage recoil, keep a firm grip and delivers comfort when concealing.

  • Extended magazine offers 13+1 round capacity. For more concealable option, we offer a flush-fit 10 round magazine.

  • 13 round and 10 round magazines included.

  • Ported barrel & slide.

  • Fiber optic sights.

  • PC Tuned Action.

  • Tactile and audible trigger reset.

  • Extremely thin and lightweight - can be comfortably carried all day.

  • M&P’s patented take-down lever and sear deactivation systems all for disassembly without pulling the trigger.

  • Optimal 18-degree grip angle for natural point of aim.

  • Armornite® durable corrosion resistant finish.

  • Backed by Smith & Wesson’s Lifetime Service Policy.

Specs

SKU 13255 Model Performance Center M&P 9 SHIELD PLUS With Carry Kit Caliber 9mm Luger Capacity 10+1, 13+1 Safety Manual Thumb Safety Length 6.1 Front Sight Fiber Optic Green Rear Sight Fiber Optic Red Action Striker Fire Grip Polymer Barrel Material Stainless Steel with Armornite® Finish Slide Material Stainless Steel with Armornite® Finish Frame Material Polymer Slide Finish Matte Black Frame Finish Matte Black Barrel Length 3.1” (7.9 cm) Weight 20.2 oz.

Comfort and Ergonomic Impressions -


This gun is COMFY! Now we need to remember, this is a micro-compact pistol. It is a very small pistol that packs a full-powered round. The grip with extended 13-round magazine fits perfectly in my hand, including my pinky. The Grip with the 10-round extension actually fits pretty well, but about half of my pinky is hanging off. Overall the grip angle, sights, and control placement seem to be a great fit.



Performance



After owning this firearm for several months and carrying it DAILY, I think I have a good idea of the overall performance. If I had to guess, I think I have maybe fire around 1,000+ rounds through the firearm with one failure to feed. Granted for review sakes, this gun has not been cleaned or oiled since purchase. If I can summarize everything into two words, I would say, "FLAT SHOOTER". The recoil impulse on this gun is almost non-existent. Im sure the three factors for this is the barrel porting, Grip Angle, and recoil spring system. (duh). This firearm is extremely accurate, at least more accurate than I am.




The Negatives...

Only two negatives can come to mind, and that is the Pin below the takedown lever and slide safety. The Pin was sticking out just enough to keep the takedown lever from actuating. And unfortunately my attempt to tap it back in with the wrong tools left me with some marring and frustration.

The Slide safety is just something that gets in the way, and really is something that I don't and will never use. In fact if for some reason the safety becomes engaged, it can lead to confusion and delay when time really matters (self defense situation). There might be a kit to remove this, but right now it's just something I don't use. But really, that is all that comes to mind.



Overall Experience and Satisfaction

Definitely Satisfied! The S&W Shield Plus Performance Center is definitely one of the best micro-compact 9mm handguns I have fired. The capacity blows the previous shield models away. As of this review, this is the gun tucked inside my waistband as we speak. It has proven itself to be reliable, accurate, and kinda sexy. The Fiber Optic sights and porting give it some pizzazz.


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