The November issue of American COP features a review of Smith and Wesson's popular M&P Shield and viable handgun retention techniques for officers looking to increase their repertoire in dealing with closerange threats.
Building on the success of its budding M&P series, Smith and Wesson recently introduced an excellent addition to the compact pistol/concealedcarry market: The Shield. Chambered for 9mm and .40 S&W, the Shield's fullsize capabilities impressed American COP editor Suzi Huntington, who gave this "backup pocket powerhouse" her stamp of approval.
"The Shield feels more like a 'real' gun than the tiny pocket nines out there these days. That tiny bit of extra size means you can almost do fullsize pistol work with it," Huntington reveals. "I've fed it a variety of ammo, from cheap reloads to matchgrade, and the gun has functioned perfectly."