M&P 9C vs. M&P Shield

Smith & Wesson M&P 9C vs. M&P Shield

Smith & Wesson’s M&P 9C and M&P Shield are both excellent carry guns. They both are super accurate, easy to tear down and clean, very easy to conceal, and a blast to shoot!

Here is a video that compares the M&P 9C with the M&P Shield.

M&P 9C & M&P Shield Similarities:

  • Smith & Wesson’s super hard Melonite to protect against the environment
  • Smooth edges and lines – nothing to catch clothing on
  • Textured slide stop which makes it easy to operate the slide
  • Smith & Wesson’s trigger safety which leads to better shot placement
  • Both have 6.5 lbs of trigger pull
  • Both the M&P 9C and the Shield have a witness hole to see if the gun is loaded
  • Both the M&P 9C and the Shield come standard with two magazines
  • Both are striker fired firearms

Personally, I’ve been carrying the M&P 9C for over two years now, and with Smith & Wesson’s super hard Melonite coating, there is only one tiny blemish on the ejector. The M&P 9C has never failed on me, I’ve never had to replace any parts, and it is extremely easy to carry.

I received the M&P Shield on a trade – I worked out a deal in which I was able to get a used M&P Shield for about $400 bucks. In my opinion, the Shield has a much better trigger pull than the M&P 9C, but there are some features that the M&P 9C has that the Shield doesn’t have.

M&P 9C Features:

  • 12+1 double stack magazine capacity
  • Ambidextrous thumb safety
  • Ambidextrous slide stop
  • Slightly longer barrel
  • Suggested retail $719

M&P Shield Features:

  • 8+1 single stack magazine capacity
  • Slimmer safety which might give you a couple of seconds of time if someone gets your gun
  • Superior trigger pull
  • Superior trigger reset
  • Sleeker design
  • Lighter

The Shield is one of my favorite firearms on the planet.

M&P 9C VS M&P Shield Specifications

FeatureSmith & Wesson M&P 9CSmith & Wesson Shield
Weight21.7 oz.19.0 oz
Capacity12+17 and 8+1
Front SightSteel Ramp Dovetail Mount White Dot
Rear SightSteel Novak® Lo-Mount CarryWhite 2-Dot
Overall Length6.7"6.1"
Frame Width1.2".95"
Height4.1"4.6"
Trigger Pull6.5lbs6.5lbs

About

NRA Certified Instructor Andrew Hallinan

Hey there! I’m Andy. I grew up in Massachusetts – one of the states that hates firearms the most. Growing up, I was never allowed to own even a squirt gun, a BB gun, go hunting, or be around anyone with guns. Today, both my mother and father have a concealed weapon permit. What a change!

I moved from Massachusetts to Florida when I was 18 years old and was introduced to a life of firearms. Guns were completely foreign to me, but I started visiting ranges and practicing marksmanship. As soon as I hit 21 I received my concealed carry permit from a local gun shop here in Inverness, FL and I’ve always had a knack for training others.

“Today, my mission is simple – to help arm the community to make sure that criminals and kooks are not the only ones with guns.”

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NRA Certified Instructor Andrew Hallinan Hey there! I’m Andy. I grew up in Massachusetts – one of the states that hates firearms the most. Growing up, I was never allowed to own even a squirt gun, a BB gun, go hunting, or be around anyone with guns. Today, both my mother and father have a concealed weapon permit. What a change! I moved from Massachusetts to Florida when I was 18 years old and was introduced to a life of firearms. Guns were completely foreign to me, but I started visiting ranges and practicing marksmanship. As soon as I hit 21 I received my concealed carry permit from a local gun shop here in Inverness, FL and I’ve always had a knack for training others. “Today, my mission is simple – to help arm the community to make sure that criminals and kooks are not the only ones with guns.”
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