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Introducing the New Smith & Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ

Barely past SHOT Show 2018, Smith & Wesson has announced the newest addition to their M&P 2.0 line of firearms, the M&P380 Shield EZ.  

Smith & Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ
Smith & Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ

(If you just want the quick and dirty on the M&P380 Shield EZ, feel free to skip to the specs list at the end of this post.)

The new M&P380 Shield EZ is, as the name would suggest, chambered in 380 ACP and was devised to be especially simple to shoot and care for.  Features include an easy to rack slide, an easy to load magazine, and an easy to clean design.

According to Smith & Wesson, the M&P380 Shield EZ is intended as an accessible and easy to use home and personal defense option for both guns noobs and seasoned shooting enthusiasts.  The entire pistol seems designed with this goal in mind.

Smith & Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ Grip
Smith & Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ Grip

The Smith & Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ’s polymer grip features a grip safety for secure handling, an 18 degree grip angle to make aiming come as naturally as possible, and a grip texture designed specifically for the size and recoil of the M&P380 Shield EZ, to keep your grip firm.

For those who prefer even more security, the pistol is also available with an ambidextrous manual thumb safety.

Smith & Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ Thumb Safety
Smith & Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ with Ambidextrous Thumb Safety

And if that wasn’t enough, there’s also a tactile loaded chamber indicator, which allows you to both see and feel if there’s a round in the chamber, and the pistol can be disassembled without pulling the trigger.

Speaking of triggers, the M&P380 Shield EZ has a light trigger with tactile and audible trigger reset.  

Smith & Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ Trigger
Smith & Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ Trigger

Other features intended to improve the ease of shooting include a windage adjustable white dot rear sight, a reversible magazine release, and a picatinny style rail for you to mount lights, lasers, or whatever else.

Smith & Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ Rail
Smith & Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ Rail

The Armornite corrosion resistant finish minimizes the amount of work you have to put in to cleaning and maintaining the pistol (though proper cleaning and maintenance is always essential, no matter what gun you have).

Overall, the Smith & Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ is a thin, lightweight option great for daily carry, a nightstand drawer, or just taking to the range, and it’s backed by the Smith & Wesson Lifetime Service Policy.

The M&P380 Shield EZ ships with two easy to load, 8 round M&P Shield magazines and a sight adjustment tool.

Disassembled Smith & Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ
Disassembled Smith & Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ with Magazine

It’s currently available for pre-order from Brownells, both with and without the manual thumb safety, for $399.

399
at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Check out the list below for more of the Smith & Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ’s specs.

Specifications

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

Smith & Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ
Smith & Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ

Now tell us what you think!  Have you already pre-ordered the Smith & Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ, or are you waiting to see what everyone else thinks first?  Are there any features that have you particularly excited?  Any that have you wondering what Smith & Wesson was thinking? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Mike

    When my mom was getting her LTC in Texas, she performed best with this gun (during her LTC course). Naturally, she picked one at a gun show and my dad was impressed by the ease of use and concealability (he's a Springfield XDM guy) that he picked another one up at the next gun show. When I visited home we had a family shoot day and I became sold on the 380EZ myself. I watched prices online and struck at the right time, deciding on a thumb safety model that comes with a complimentary safe--perfect for storing in my car when I can't bring it with me. It's definitely my new CCW with my Glock 19 now as my nightstand gun.

    3 weeks ago
  • Joseph A. Ramirez

    I purchased my S&W.380EZ back in May of 2018. I have been an EDC individual for a few years now, starting with a RIA-FS1911-A1, then a S&WSD9VE. After a while both these great firearms (loaded) became a little too heavy for me at my age (81) to EDC. I liked what I saw and read about the S&W.380EZ , went ahead and purchased the firearm and have been happy with my choice ever since. The .380 EZ came with two (2) magazines. I recently purchased two (2) additional magazines. With previous magazine purchases, I now have a total of 8 magazines. These magazines are great in that they are EZ to clean and are equipped with double side tabs, similar to that of .22 caliber magazines which makes for EZ loading, especially with a simple plastic speed loader that I use. Since I now use the .380 as my EDC, I use 6 practice magazines consistently at our local range. I load up at home then load up once or twice at the range. Also, I use the same 6 magazines once a month at our range when we have what they call a “Wednesday –Shoot ”. It’s a non-competitive environment which allows you to (time) shoot from various SD shooting positions with magazine re-loads. Good for self-improved EDC practice. I understand and know the possibility of dropping the magazines on a concrete floor may cause damage to the magazines. Therefore, the 2 recently purchased .380 magazines (and possibly a few more), I use with defensive ammunition and strictly for EDC. Thanks to S&W for this great firearm.

    1 month ago
  • Mike

    Nice write-up! Bought one for home defense and carry, and with my worsening arthritis it's quickly become my favorite pistol. After 100 range rounds, racking my compact 9mm is sheer torture by comparison. Thank you, S&W.

    9 months ago
  • Jon Ward

    It concerns me to carry a hammer fired pistol cocked and locked. Should the-grip safety reduce my concern? It seems that a grip safety would become useless anytime the pistol is gripped.

    1 year ago
    • Mike

      As far as I understand the mechanics of the 380EZ, the grip safety does need a proper grip to engage. It has a safety plunger similar to a Series 80 1911.

      3 weeks ago
  • Nowell Brown

    Bought one for the wife. Very easy to rack. She loves it...

    1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

      Great to hear!

      1 year ago
  • Cliff

    When I read that it has the internal hammer and is not striker fired...I definitely got interested. If the trigger is like the S&W M&P 22 (full size) I will be selling my Glock 42 in a heartbeat. The striker firing system just plain sucks as far as I'm concerned. My 22 with the internal hammer shoots like a dream; so hopefully this one will too.

    1 year ago
  • Mark Wynn

    Possibly a a "family members friendly" buy ... waiting to hear what pundits say about the trigger pull of this hammer-fired pistol.

    1 year ago
  • John

    Megan, So glad those of us with injuries, arthritis and other ailments are finally getting some firearms that will enable us to continue to enjoy shooting and have a means of self defense. Prior to this the Browning 1911-380 was one of the only firearms that was easy to rack and recoil friendly. Its price put it out of range for many so I am glad to see an option that is easier on the wallet. Borrowing from .22 magazine designs to make it easy to load is smart and I for one, appreciate the grip and optional manual safety. I am hopeful that other companies will make .380s in their respective carry platforms (XDS & e, Taurus 709, etc.) Heck, even a ,32 would be appreciated by folks like us. Please keep articles and range tests by ladies, the injured, handicap and seniors coming!

    1 year ago
  • Mark Wynn

    Looks like a well-thought out design for its stated purpose. I like the grip safety configuration and the seemingly high grip -- IF it's a hundred percent hangup proof. I'm OK with today's defense rounds in .380 ... in a truly subcompact "pocket pistol." However, this seems a bit bigger than that -- longer, taller and not as "melted" as some subcompacts in .380. Going back to its stated purpose ... if someone were more comfortable shooting a .380, looks promising.. Otherwise, why not a 9 mm? Price is competitive with other compact .380s

    1 year ago
    • David Schlegel

      I agree with your comment about why not a nine. I’m a recoil sensitive male and love shooting my Canik TP9SF Elite but i wanted a different caliber. Anything larger than the nine was too difficult for me to shoot. Really happy with this gun and very glad I made the purchase.

      1 year ago
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