By Nancy Jo Adams

When the idea of a concealed carry came full circle with the need for one, I found myself the new owner of a 9mm semi-automatic. I quickly learned that I was not near as accurate with a pistol as I was with my other firearms. I struggled with my marksmanship with my new concealed carry.

I carried that pistol for two years, not confident, but I knew how to load it, chamber a round and I figured that for personal protection it would be likely that my target would probably be less than 20 feet of me; surely I could hit my mark. I could only hope. It was not until I attended a shooting clinic where my instructor was not bashful in letting me know that my handgun was not a proper fit for me. The problem was that my handgun had a double stack magazine, making the grip thick, and it did not allow me to hold the gun and properly reach the trigger. I was using the very tip of my finger. Fortunately, there were several handguns for use at the shooting event.

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The first pistol the instructor handed me was the Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard 380; a sub-compact that seemed perfect for my idea of a concealed carry. I liked the size of the pistol, but I still did not feel comfortable with the grip. I shot several rounds down range, but I just didn’t get that “AH, I like this one!” feeling. The second gun the instructor handed me was the M&P 9 ProSeries. I felt I had more control with a comfortable grip, a better aim, and I could easily place my finger properly on the trigger. However, the M&P 9 ProSeries had a larger frame on it than I was looking for in a concealed carry weapon.

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As the old cliché goes, “The third time is the charm.” That held true for me on the range that day. My instructor handed me the Smith & Wesson M&P® Shield 9mm, and as I gripped the pistol, aimed it down range, and before ever squeezing off the first round, I got that “AH, I like this one!” feeling.

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The lightweight, extremely thin polymer frame and stainless-steel chassis system of the S&W M&P® Shield 9mm afforded me all the power and features of a full sized gun but in a compact sized frame for comfortable, easy concealment. The barrel length of the pistol is 3.1” with an overall length of 6.1” and weighs 20.8 ounces unloaded.

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The Striker-Fired Action system results in firing the pistol with a short, smooth trigger pull. The White Dot sight system incorporates a two dot rear and one dot front sight for high visibility and accurate aiming even in low light. I added a Crimson Trace laser aiming system to my pistol for further confidence for reliable performance day or night. A feature that my previous pistol did not have that was important to me is the thumb safety.

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The Shield comes with two magazines; the flush magazine capacity is seven in the magazine and one in the chamber and the extended capacity magazine is eight in the magazine and one in the chamber. M&P’s patented take-down lever and sear deactivation systems allow for easy and quick disassembly for cleaning. The matte black stainless-steel barrel and Armornite® finish stainless-steel slide are durable and easy to clean.

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The Smith & Wesson Shield M&P® Shield 9mm is affordably priced and is backed by the Smith & Wesson Lifetime Service Policy, making it the perfect solution for personal protection for anyone. The professional grade, easy to conceal, simple to operate pistol has proven to be a great solution for female concealed carry.

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