45 Shield – Brand new from Smith & Wesson. If you love the M&P Shield, and you love .45 ACP – the Universe suddenly makes sense!
There is likely no segment of the firearms market that is more crowded with choices than the concealed carry handgun market. The lion’s share of consumer choice in that market is the 9mm, and among the plethora of single-stack sub-compact 9mms available Smith & Wesson’s M&P Shield reigns supreme. If you own one you know why. And for those who wanted ballistic performance in excess of the 9mm cartridge, the Shield has also long been available in .40 S&W (after all, who doesn’t offer the caliber that bears one’s own name!). That left only one segment of folks wanting – but when that group wants, they want louder than anybody. There are just those who feel that no line of handguns is complete until it is offered in .45 ACP. Well folks, Christmas is coming about six months early this year – because the new Smith & Wesson .45 ACP M&P Shield is here at last!
Making the early announcement at the 2016 NRA Annual Meeting, Smith & Wesson effectively drowned out anything that anyone else was talking about. From that opening day at NRAAM to now, the .45 Shield has been the buzz. And unlike many other new models that are talked about, displayed, and sometimes even demonstrated – this one really exists. And it’s on its way to your local gun store right now. Hold on – before you grab your sleeping bag and twelve months of gun magazines to camp out in front of the store – read on and I’ll tell you more about it.
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