A .380 Auto pistol designed for personal protection and every-day carry characterized by an easy-to-rack slide, an easy-to-load magazine, and easy-to-clean design and a pretty conspicuous grip safety: this is the new Smith and Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ pistol, the latest addition to the M&P M2.0 lineup.
The keyword for the M&P380 Shield EZ pistol is – as you'll have guessed – “easy”. Actually, the idea behind this gun is to provide a gun that could be used by both first-time shooters and experienced handgunners alike. As Jan Mladek, General Manager of M&P and S&W Brands, explains, “When we set out to design the M&P380 Shield EZ pistol, our goal was to deliver an all-around, easy to use personal protection pistol – from loading and carrying, to shooting and cleaning. Throughout the development process, we focused on key areas that customers told us were important – the ease of racking the slide and loading the magazine. With that in mind, we reduced the amount of force required to rack the slide, and developed a magazine that is both easy and efficient to load.”
Smith & Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ: an internal hammer fired gun
The ease of use of the M&P380 Shield EZ is enhanced by the optimal 18-degree grip angle for a natural point of aim. The gun also can be field-stripped without pulling the trigger – a plus for safety together with the tactile loaded chamber indicator that allows users to see and feel if there is a round in the chamber.
Despite the appearances, the polymer-framed M&P380 Shield EZ is not striker-fired being an internal hammer fired gun. Barrel length is 3.675 in / 933 mm, with an overall length of 6.7 in / 170 mm and a weight of 18.5 oz / 524.5g, which makes it fairly comfortable to carry. Barrel and slide are stainless steel, with an Armonite protective finish.
The M&P380 Shield EZ shipped with two 8-round M&P380 Shield magazines comes at a reasonable price of 399 USD / 322 euro. Available by the end of February 2018.
Smith & Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ: technical data
380 SHIELD EZ|
|Caliber:||.380 Auto (9x17mm)|
/ 933 mm|
length:||6.7 in /
capacity: ||8 rounds|
(front), adjustable white dot (Back)|
|Weight: ||18.5 oz
steel (barrel and slide), polymer (frame)|
|Price:||399 USD /