Smith and Wesson Shield vs M&P Compact

The Smith and Wesson Shield gained several fans when it was released. But, then came the M&P Compact and while this gained a new set of fans, the Shield continued to get a fair share of orders.

But what makes these guns unique? And which is the right one for you?

It’s only by understanding these guns and knowing the differences between them that you’ll be able to decide on which one is the perfect match for you. So, let’s find out what you get with these bestsellers in this Smith and Wesson Shield vs M&P Compact review…

Smith and Wesson Shield vs M&P Compact

M&P Compact Pistol Overview

Like most modern ultra-compact pistols of 9 mm caliber and more, with a double row of cartridges in the store, the M&P Compact is based on the standard full-size M&P model. This small pistol differs from its prototype in the reduced length of the barrel, casing bolt and handle.

The compact version receives all its advantages from the full-size M&P model. The polymer frame, however, makes this weapon light and compact. The recoil is not strong, almost like that of similar-sized pistols of the same caliber with a steel frame. This makes it a good option for continuous firing.

This compact variant is sold in a number of models which you can view below. You can easily note the “c” at the end of each value to denote the “compact” model.

M&P Compact Models and Specifications


  •  Caliber: 9mm Parabellum/.357 SIG/.40 S & W.
  •  Weapon length: 171 mm.
  •  Barrel length: 89 mm.
  •  Weapon height: 109 mm.
  •  Weapon width: 30.5 mm.
  •  Trigger pull force: 4.9 lbs.
  •  Mass without cartridges: 621 g.
  •  Store capacity: 12/10/10 cartridges.


  •  Caliber: .45 ACP.
  •  Weapon length: 181 mm.
  •  Barrel length: 102 mm.
  •  Weapon height: 122 mm.
  •  Weapon width: 30.5 mm.
  •  Trigger pull force: 4.9 lbs.
  •  Mass without cartridges: 743 g.
  •  Magazine capacity: 8 rounds.

Smith & Wesson Shield Pistol Overview

The Smith and Wesson Shield pistol consists of a polymer carcass and a steel cylinder head. This architecture, which is becoming standard, reconciles reduced weight, solidity, and real durability. The use of synthetic material for the handle also gives you a comfortable and adherent relief facilitating the grip.

The controls were designed to project as little as possible from the weapon while remaining very functional. This minimizes the risk of snagging during unsheathing in an emergency without sacrificing practicality.

Essential and yet so often overlooked, the Shield has what the vast majority of subcompact pistols can only dream of: good user comfort. It is the experience and the talent of the craftsmen. Its full non-slip grip is “everything” to write home about.

Take a look at its specifications below.

Smith & Wesson Shield Pistol Specifications


  •  Caliber: 9mm Parabellum/.40 S & W.
  •  Weapon length: 155 mm.
  •  Barrel length: 79 mm.
  •  Weapon height: 117 mm.
  •  Weapon width: 25.4 mm.
  •  Trigger pull force: 4.9 lbs.
  •  Weight without cartridges: 524 g.
  •  Magazine capacity: 7 or 8/6 or 7 rounds.

Shield 45

  •  Caliber: .45 ACP.
  •  Weapon length: 165 mm
  •  Barrel length: 84 mm.
  •  Weapon height: 124 mm.
  •  Weapon width: 26.6 mm.
  •  Trigger pull force: 4.9 lbs.
  •  Weight without cartridges: 581 g.
  •  Magazine capacity: 6 or 7 rounds.

Smith and Wesson Shield vs M&P Compact Conclusion

To summarize, both guns are great for concealed carry. And it’s clear that the big guys are big for a reason.

Smith & Wesson proves it once again here, showing that it is possible to take into account the demand for concealment and functionality and to make a copy which is extremely close to faultless. Definitely a success.

However, while both are excellent firearms, because the Smith and Wesson Shield offers you the option to carry more ammo, we think it is the better option.Categories Gun ReviewsPost navigation

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