Compacts Handguns NRA Show First Look: Smith & Wesson M&P45 Shield G&A Online Editors May 20th, 2016 | More From G&A Online Editors Share0 Tweet Email Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+ Smith & Wesson announced the introduction of its M&P Shield in .45 ACP at the opening day of the 2016 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibitions. The M&P45 Shield version joins its smaller-caliber cousins in 9mm and .40 S&W in the Shield lineup. “Our new M&P45 Shield takes personal protection to the next level by offering all the M&P features our customers have come to trust, combined with .45 caliber power,” said Jan Mladek, general manager of the M&P brand. “Well over one million consumers and professionals have chosen to ‘Shield themselves’ with the slim, concealable and powerful M&P Shield pistol. The new M&P Shield in .45 Auto provides that extra level of confidence.” The M&P45 Shield is light, with an unloaded weight of 20.5 ounces. It’s also small in size, featuring a .99-inch width and an overall length of 6.45 inches. Barrel length on the M&P45 Shield is 3.3 inches. The new Shield also comes with an upgraded grip texture and features front cocking serrations. On the outside of the gun, shooters will find a takedown lever, slide stop and a magazine release. Consumers will have the choice between options with and without a thumb safety. The M&P45 Shield comes with two magazines: a flush-fit six-round magazine and a seven-round magazine with an extended base plate. Suggested retail price on the pistol is $479. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+ Share0 Tweet Email Load Comments ( ) Don’t forget to sign up! Get the Top Stories from Guns & Ammo Delivered to Your Inbox Every Week Even More First Look Show More Get the Guns & Ammo Newsletter FREE! Get the top stories delivered right to your inbox every week. 9 Awesomely Creative Ways to Kill ZombiesRead Now! Advertisement ▶ Now on Tablets! Subscribe & Save! Temporary Price Reduction! Subscribe Now Give a Gift | Subscriber Services LIKE WHAT YOU'RE READING? Get 12 issues for the low price of just $9! Subscribe!