This article was originally posted on Thefirearmblog.com
While most shooters and concealed weapons carriers do not have a problem with racking the slide of a semiautomatic pistol, there is a subsection of gun owners who may have physical limitations that make manipulations difficult. Smith & Wesson is addressing these hurdles with the announcement of the new M&P380 Shield EZ – a handgun that boasts an easy to rack slide, easy loading magazines and a lighter recoiling .380 Auto. The new S&W is set to retail at $399 and will be available from authorized dealers shortly.
For older or disabled shooters, the suggestion around difficulties racking a semiauto pistol usually lead to the talk of carrying a revolver instead. S&W is providing a new option with the Shield EZ.
Specifications and details can be found below.
Built for personal protection and every-day carry, the M&P380 Shield EZ is chambered in 380 Auto and is designed to be easy to use, featuring an easy-to-rack slide , easy-to-load magazine, and easy-to-clean design. Built for personal and home protection, the innovative M&P380 Shield EZ pistol is the latest addition to the M&P M2.0 family and provides an easy-to-use protection option for both first-time shooters and experienced handgunners alike.
- Easy to rack slide.
- Crisp, light trigger with tactile and audible trigger reset.
- Includes (2) Easy to Load 8-Round M&P380 Shield magazines.
- Grip safety – grip pistol to fire.
- Windage adjustable, white dot rear sight (tool included).
- Can disassemble without pulling trigger.
- Grip texture optimized to size and recoil.
- Tactile loaded chamber indicator (TLCI) – can see and feel if there is
a round in the chamber.
- Available with or without ambidextrous, manual thumb safety.
- Picatinny-style equipment rail for lights or lasers.
- Perfect size for nightstand or carry, or a day at the range.
- Reversible magazine release.
- Thin and lightweight – can be comfortably carried all day.
- Optimal 18-degree grip angle for natural point of aim.
- Armornite® durable corrosion resistant finish.
- SKU: 180023
- Model: M&P® 380 SHIELD™ EZ™
- Caliber: .380 Auto
- Capacity: 8+1
- Barrel Length: 3.675″ / 9.3 cm
- Overall Length: 6.7″
- Front Sight: White Dot
- Rear Sight: Adjustable White Dot
- Action: Internal Hammer Fired
- Grip: Polymer
- Weight: 18.5 oz / 524.5g
- Barrel Material: Stainless Steel – Armornite® Finish
- Slide Material: Stainless Steel – Armornite® Finish
- Frame Material: Polymer
- Purpose: Concealed Carry, Home Protection, Personal Protection