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    Default New M&P 380 Shield

    Well it looked promising until I saw they added a ridiculous grip safety, but hey the manual safety is optional.

    The 9mm Shield is one of my all time favorite pistols but this looks like a swing and a miss to me and I bet S&W removes that grip safety within the 1st year of it's release or else they have themselves a big swing and a miss with most concealed carriers.

    https://www.smith-wesson.com/firearm...l-thumb-safetyunnamed.jpg
    Last edited by Hodgie; February 6th, 2018 at 10:20 PM.

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    Default Re: New M&P 380 Shield


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    Default Re: New M&P 380 Shield

    If thumb safety is optional then I guess it becomes a Springfield but 380 is not for me.

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    Default Re: New M&P 380 Shield

    I thought the target market were people with weak hands, elderly, women, etc. who had problems racking the slide. Not for me but serving a portion of the market that will appreciate it

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    Default Re: New M&P 380 Shield

    Quote Originally Posted by HarryT View Post
    I thought the target market were people with weak hands, elderly, women, etc. who had problems racking the slide. Not for me but serving a portion of the market that will appreciate it
    Perhaps, but what does the grip safety do that will assist the elderly?

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    Default Re: New M&P 380 Shield

    Not a bad idea but agree the grip safety is just out of left field

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    Default Re: New M&P 380 Shield

    Grip saftey blew it right off my have to get list. and if S&W wanted to alienate Glock owners they totally did it with their new POS 380. JMO/MDT

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    Default Re: New M&P 380 Shield

    Quote Originally Posted by Hodgie View Post
    Perhaps, but what does the grip safety do that will assist the elderly?
    I don't get it either. What does the grip safety have to do with a more-easily-rackable slide?
    "Those who would give up essential Liberty to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety" - Ben Franklin.

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    Default Re: New M&P 380 Shield

    I think most shield owners would prefer *anything* over the articulated trigger safety.

    looks like less of a POS than the bodyguard .380, which isn't saying much.

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    Default Re: New M&P 380 Shield

    But why a pistol of that size in 380? You can get he exact same size in 9mm.
    Wheaties aren't made out of the same stuff today as they were 40 years ago.

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