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
The Shield is one of my favorite firearms on the planet.
M&P 9C VS M&P Shield Specifications
|Feature||Smith & Wesson M&P 9C||Smith & Wesson Shield|
|Weight||21.7 oz.||19.0 oz|
|Capacity||12+1||7 and 8+1|
|Front Sight||Steel Ramp Dovetail Mount||White Dot|
|Rear Sight||Steel Novak® Lo-Mount Carry||White 2-Dot|