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.

Smith & Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ with Thumb Safety

Smith & Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ with Thumb Safety

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

Eric Hung
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Great to hear!

Cliff
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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.

Mark Wynn
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Possibly a a “family members friendly” buy … waiting to hear what pundits say about the trigger pull of this hammer-fired pistol.

John
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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.… Read more »
Mark Wynn
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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