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S&W M&P Shield 9mm and .40 cal

At the 2012 NRA show, Smith & Wesson introduced the M&P Shield in 9mm and .40 S&W. The Shield is a subcompact single-stacked magazine variant of the M&P line.  The pistol was an immediate success, selling out at gun stores all over the country in a matter of days. In 2012, the single stack sub-compact 9mm pistol was all the rage for many concealed carry permit holders.

M&P shield holster options 

Scroll down to see all the S&W M&P Shield holster options that we carry.

Following the on the success of the very popular M&P full size and M&P compact models, the Shield has roughly the same silhouette as the M&P Compact but is considerably thinner at less than 1-inch in width. This smaller stature is very appealing to many people who carry a pistol for personal protection all day long. Many people were willing to make the magazine capacity trade off (12 rounds in the M&P Compact vs 8 in the Shield) in exchange for a thinner profile and less weight. The new pistol also featured an improved trigger with a positive reset, a feature many feel is lacking from the original M&P models.

The Shield was a huge success for Smith and Wesson, selling as fast as they could be produced and shipped to dealers. It was not uncommon to see waiting lists at gun shops for the pistol. Even four years later, supply can sometimes still be tight a various times cementing the popularity of this little pistol in the CCW rotation of many.

Due to its popularity, the Shield enjoys a large selection of aftermarket accessories. It is not difficult to find night sights, fiber optic sights, lasers, new fire control components, and holsters to help you accessories your personal M&P Shield to your own likes and needs.

The Shield was first introduced in 9mm and .40 S&W, and included a manual thumb safety (as seen in the picture above). Soon after the introduction, models without the safety were introduced as well. Holster fit is not affected by the presence or absence of the manual safety.

Here a couple of the more common questions that we’ve seen regarding holsters for the M&P Shield models:

#1 – Does the Shield fit into the same holster as an M&P Compact?

No, it does not. The M&P Compact is a double stack pistol and is wider than the Shield, so they can not fit in the same holster. (We get this question a lot, as people believe the Shield and the M&P Compact are the same pistol, they are NOT.)

#2 - Do you offer S&W M&P Shield holster that will fit my Shield with a light (or laser) attached to the rail?

Yes, as MTR Custom Leather offers M&P Shield holster models to fit the Shield with many of the popular lights and lasers attached. For more information on M&P Shield holster models with a Crimson Trace Laserguard laser (red or green) attached visit this page. If you are shopping for an M&P Shield with a LaserMax CenterFire laser attached, please visit this page. Please feel free to call us (919.388.1991) to discuss your particular needs.

#3 – What holster for the M&P Shield do you recommend? What is the most popular?

Given its small size, the Shield lends itself well to both inside the waistband (IWB) and outside the waistband (OWB) carry. The choice is up to the individual’s preferences, physical needs, and experience. Some of our most popular options are the MTR Adversary Clip-on IWB, the MTR Belt Slide, the Don Hume JIT, and the Don Hume H715MWC.

#4 - Do you offer a S&W Shield holster to fit the newer Performance Center Shield models with a ported barrel?

MTR Custom does offer M and P Shield holster models to fit the Performance Center Ported Shield models.

#5 - I have one of the new S&W M&P Shield models in 45 ACP. Will a holster for the 9mm or 40 caliber version fit the 45 caliber version?

Unfortunately, it won't. The M&P Shield in 45 ACP is slightly larger and wider than the 9/40 version so it won't fit in a holster made for the standard Shield. The 45 caliber version requires it's own fit and holster for that Shield model can be seen here: S&W M&P Shield 45 Holsters.

#6 - I have a Shield in 9mm with the optional thumb safety. Do I need a special holster for it?

No, the thumb safety on the Shields is fairly small and rides very close to the frame. As such, Shield models with a thumb safety fit into a holster made for for the non-safety versions just fine. 

Any of the holster models displayed below are available in a version to fit the M&P Shield in 9mm or .40 caliber.

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