New from S&W: Performance Center Ported Shield

Joe Grine

I hate it when this happens. After years of waffling about which carry pistol to buy, I finally settled on a M&P SHIELD. The S&W was everything I wanted: slim, concealable, lightweight, striker-fired polymer pistol. Six months later, S&W brings out a new version with a ported barrel and slide, an even better trigger than the original, and HI-VIZ fiber optic sights. We were able to shoot the 9mm version of this pistol today, and walked away highly impressed. I need to shoot it at night to see if the ports are annoying in low visibility, but right now I’m thinking I am going to sell my Shield and upgrade to this new ported version . . .

Courtesy Joe Grine

Courtesty Joe Grine

Joe Grine

Like the regular Shield, this bad boy ships with two magazines: one that features the pinkly finger extension and one that features a flat butt plate.