About the Smith & Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ w/ Thumb Safety 380 Auto Matte 3.7" ~
Since 1856, the Smith & Wesson continues to be the USA’s largest handgun manufacturer. In 2018, the brand introduced the M&P 380 Shield EZ, which is a new .380 ACP pistol with fantastic ergonomic features.
The M&P 380 Shield EZ is an excellent gun for personal protection, and it comes with an affordable price tag. It’s the perfect handgun for those who need a reliable firearm for personal and home protection. Both experienced and first-time shooters will feel at home with the Shield EZ in their hands.
The M&P380 Shield EZ is a practical concealed carry firearm with all the features you need to protect and defend yourself. And now you can get it with a beautiful Armornite durable corrosion-resistant finish.
It's a popular handgun for people who are new to the world of concealed carry. Its innovative features include a simple, one-button takedown and the “EZ” feature. This allows you to rack the slide with a manual thumb safety which makes it a rather intuitive firearm for new shooters.
The M&P 380 Shield EZ makes for a great first gun because it’s small enough to conceal, but it’s big enough to shoot with comfortably. Besides this, it’s incredibly accurate.
The Smith & Wesson M&P 380’s lightweight, polymer-framed pistol boasts the most complete set of features in its class. The easy-to-rack slide and easy-to-load magazine are just two of the ways the M&P Shield EZ sets itself apart.
These are great firearms for people who are beginners to shooting or for people who have smaller hands. Overall, the M&P Shield EZ ranks as a solid choice for competitors and others who want a reliable concealed carry option.
Smith & Wesson M&P 380 Grip and Ambidextrous Manual Thumb Safety:
The M&P 380 Shield EZ is a bit of a departure from the traditional M&P pistols. It’s small and ergonomic, with a clean, light trigger pull, and crisp trigger reset. It's the first and only Smith & Wesson M&P pistol that incorporates the new M3 Lightweight Thumb Safety.
The pistol also includes a top-of-the-line grip safety feature. The grip safety is a passive safety device incorporated into the design of a pistol's grip frame. It sits at the web of the hand between the thumb and index finger.
It's intended as an added protection, disengaging the trigger or firing mechanism if the shooter loses their grip on the weapon. This is a common precautionary design feature on semi-automatic pistols.
The Shield EZ pistol also features a manual thumb safety. If you want to have a robust safety mechanism on your gun, this is the best way to do it. It's ambidextrous, which means that both left- and right-handed people can comfortably use it. It sits in just the right place to allow you to maintain a firm grip on the gun with your thumb resting right on top of the safety.
The M&P 380 Shield EZ has a white dot front sight and an adjustable white-dot rear sight. It's a small and lightweight, single-stack pistol, which means it only holds 8+1 rounds and it takes 380 ACP caliber ammo.
The EZ has a polymer frame, stainless steel barrel and slide, and a one-piece stainless steel chassis. It also features a built-in Picatinny-style equipment rail for lights or lasers.
The .380 ACP is a small, pocket-sized cartridge widely used in pocket pistols and subcompact semi-automatics. However, you sacrifice power for portability as it’s less impactful than the 9mm and the .45 ACP. However, it’s well-known for its light recoil and is easy to control in rapid-fire.
- Model: SMW11663
- Caliber: 380 Auto
- Barrel Length: 3.675"
- Action: Internal Hammer Fired
- Capacity: 8+1
- Barrel & Slide Finish: Armornite
- Barrel & Slide Material: Stainless Steel
- Frame Material: Polymer
- Front Sight: White Dot
- Rear Sight: Adjustable White Dot
- Grip: Polymer
- Overall Length: 6.7"
- Weight: 18.5 oz.
What Shooters Say About the Smith & Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ:
Right away, you’ll find the easy-to-rack slide makes a significant difference to your experience. Even without problems racking the slide on a pistol, this design detail allows you to do this with little effort.
One of the best things about carrying Shield 380 firearms is that they’re easy to draw from a holster and seamlessly fire. That means your own skill and mastery will determine how fast you complete your first draw and firing.
Handgunners will find M&P 380 Shield EZ to be an interesting gun. Smith & Wesson went with an internal hammer on this one instead of the traditional external hammer seen on most other pistols in its class.
The M&P 380 Shield EZ is one of the best-shooting personal protection options in its class. First of all, you don't have to pull the trigger to disassemble the M&P 380 Shield EZ. You just remove the magazine, clear the chamber, and turn the gun over. There's a little lever on the bottom of the weapon (you'll see it once you turn it over). That lever is the takedown lever.
With a compact, lightweight design and a new grip angle and texture for enhanced control, the M&P 380 Shield EZ is a reliable choice for concealed carry. With its slimline design and easy-to-fire lightweight trigger pull, the M&P 380 Shield EZ is a smart choice for seasoned and beginner use.
The single-stack 8-round magazines offer a convenient feature that many people miss but it’s helpful for those with hand strength issues. Even those who don't shoot pistols can appreciate the benefit of having a magazine release on both sides. They have a thumb stud on both sides of the magazine body so that you can load the magazine with ease!
The M&P 380 Shield EZ isn’t the most powerful gun in the world, but what it lacks in raw power, it makes up for in recoil management. The recoil is minimal, and it's easy to get back on target.
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Decent firearm. Good choice for those unable to "rack" the slide on a standard semi-auto. Also: consider the 9mm EZ version, as .380 ACP ammo is harder to find these days. Has had a couple of Failure to Feed issues since purchase, but that may be the ammo used. (Winchester, white box.) Compares very favorably with the Bersa .380 Thunder series, though a bit more pricey than the Bersa.