Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9 EZ Released
Alrighty everyone! After the absolute ball buster that was the Glock 44 being dropped yesterday after a gigantic build-up of anticipation, Smith & Wesson subtly dropped that they would be adding another handgun to the E-Z line-up. That addition is in the form of a 9mm variant. I haven’t been able to track down a whole lot of information on it yet, but I’ll be sharing the information that I do know.
For those that aren’t familiar with the E-Z line, S&W dropped the E-Z .380 Shield a year or two ago. The purpose of it? A gun purpose built for those that struggle to rack slides and that struggle with recoil.
Many may think this is a small market, but there’s a lot of people, young and old, that suffer from arthritis or other injuries that make standard pistols AND revolvers impossible to use with any level of proficiency.
Weight wise the Shield 9 EZ is coming in at 23oz unloaded and takes an 8rd magazine. Whether or not the Shield 9 EZ can take a standard Shield 9 magazine isn’t something I know currently, but it will be coming wit x2 E-Z to load magazines. Height is unfortunately unlisted on the Smith & Wesson website but if I had to take a guess I would say it’s anywhere from 4.5″ to 5″ in height. Barrel length is 3.675″.
As with most of the M&P line, you have the option to have a manual safety on this gun if you feel it’s needed, but unlike the standard Shield 9, the E-Z comes with a standard 1913 rail for mounting flashlights; kudos to Smith & Wesson for adding this. It’s also supposed to be easy to field strip for cleanings (no trigger pull required) and the magazine release is reversible for those wrong-handed individuals out there.
One of the coolest add-ons to the gun that I noticed immediately were the wings on the back of the slide (reminiscent of the VP9). These wings appear to be milled into the slide and will give additional leverage to those who physically cannot apply the required pressure to the serrations to get traction.
I’ve spent quite a bit of time with wings on the backs of slides and they do make a big difference when running the guns. Especially when your hands start to get wet or the serrations start to get caked in dirt.
Even with the grip safety (which I understand is needed for the form & function) I’m highly interested in picking one of these (as well as the .380 variant) up.
As many of you know, I started TacCat to try and help the novices and new comers to the community even though we seem to be inside of an echo chamber.
These two pistols, as well as a regular .380 and a regular 9mm would be gigantic tools to have to figure out what a new shooter can handle for defensive purposes.
Oh, I almost forgot. MSRP on the no-safety (manual) version is $479. I imagine street price will be between $379 and $420, with it coming down after Smith & Wesson has cashed in on it being newly released.