Compact Personal Defense Pistol Built for Safety & Ease of Use
The M&P380 Shield EZ is a compact, everyday-carry variation of Smith & Wesson’s popular M&P pistol line that is designed, first and foremost to be easy to use. Compact pistols chambered in .380 ACP are typically blowback operated, which requires a stiff recoil spring that is hard for shooters with limited hand strength to operate.
The M&P380 Shield EZ is engineered to require significantly less force than similar pistols to rack the slide. Deep serrations as the rear of the slide provide an excellent gripping surface for racking. Aggressive texturing on the grip firmly anchors the pistol in the shooter’s hand - a big help in racking the slide AND in controlling recoil - while the 18° grip angle offers a natural point of aim. The EZ’s other features include:
- Thin & lightweight - easy to carry all day
- Easy-to-rack slide
- Easy-to-load 8-round magazine
- Easy to disassemble for cleaning
- Easy-to-acquire, 3 white dot sights with windage adjustable rear
- Picatinny under-frame rail - easy to mount a light or laser sight
- Visual / tactile loaded chamber indicator
- Reversible magazine release button
Unusually refined for a compact carry pistol, the M&P380 Shield EZ’s single action trigger has a crisp break and a distinct reset you can both feel and hear, giving the shooter feedback and precise trigger control like a full-size M&P. Unlike the rest of the M&P line, the EZ’s trigger face does not have a built-in passive safety; there’s a grip safety instead.
In common with the rest of the M2.0 line, the M&P 380 Shield EZ has Smith & Wesson's new takedown lever design that lets you disassemble the pistol without having to depress the trigger - an extra measure of safety to prevent an accidental discharge. For an added layer of protection, this model is fitted with an ambidextrous thumb safety; a no-thumb-safety version is also available (#940-001-101, listed separately).
All in all the M&P380 Shield EZ is a superb carry pistol for both new shooters and experienced hands alike.