FIRST LOOK: M&P 380 Shield EZ for Concealed Carry

FIRST LOOK: M&P 380 Shield EZ for Concealed Carry

Smith-Wesson’s (S&W) Shield is one of the best values and often used concealed carry handguns, and now they have added another model to the line…. the M&P 380 Shield in .380 AUTO caliber with the M2.0 features. In 2017 and 2018, Smith-Wesson introduced the M2.0 features to its M&P pistol lines, and now a new .380 model with the M2.0 features was added yesterday. To update you with the most recent handgun developments, I want to give you some of the specifications and features for this new .380 Shield EZ, as well as my first impressions. I have requested one to review thoroughly and will share that later when I receive it.

S&W said in their announcement yesterday that the new M&P 380 Shield EZ is “built for personal protection and every-day carry… and is designed to be easy to use, featuring an easy-to-rack slide, easy-to-load magazine, and easy-to-clean design.” Well, this is a good summary of the new gun and, hopefully, it will prove to be all that and more when I test and evaluate it up close.

Here are the 380 Shield EZ’s Specifications and Features as provided by SW:

M&P 380 Shield EZ SPECS and FEATURES

One interesting feature of the new M&P 380 Shield is the Grip safety. While some other manufacturers offer this, this is new to me for M&Ps. I like the grip safety on some of my other handguns that do not have manual thumb safeties.

Grip Safety on M&P 380 Shield EZ
Grip Safety on M&P 380 Shield EZ

Another feature that I really like on all the M&Ps with the M.20 is the just-right Texturing on the grip. It makes for a very firm and solid grasp of the gun, without a lot of abrasion.

M&P 380 Shield EZ M2.0 Grip Texturing
M&P 380 Shield EZ M2.0 Grip Texturing

Other features of the new 380 Shield EZ include a rail for adding accessories, like lights or lasers, and front slide serrations.

M&P .380 Shield EZ -M2.0 RAIL- SERRATIONS
M&P .380 Shield EZ -M2.0 RAIL- SERRATIONS
This Close-Up Shows Several of the 380 Shield EZ's Features
This Close-Up Shows Several of the 380 Shield EZ’s Features

Well, I hope this initial glance at the new S&W M&P 380 Shield EZ has spurred your interest for my follow-up review, to learn specifics about how it handles and shoots. I hope to share that with you soon. For sure, the original M&P Shield met my 12 main and several key concealed carry factors for my top concealed carry handguns. I evaluated it in depth with specific drills and then ranked it in my Top 21 concealed carry guns in my recently-published second-printing of my book “Concealed Carry & Handgun Essentials.” I ranked the 21 guns by width, weight, capacity, trigger press, price, features, Overall, etc. and based on their accuracy, reliability, and performance. This new 380 Shield EZ M2.0 is a very serious competitor, and I am anxious to see its accuracy, reliability, and performance. I want to field test the trigger, its press weight, and see the ease of slide racking, felt recoil, etc. Stay tuned my friends!

Continued success!

Photos by Smith-Wesson and Author as Marked


Smith & Wesson for M&P 380 Shield EZ M2.0

* This personal opinion article is meant for general information & educational purposes only and the author strongly recommends that you seek counsel from an attorney for legal advice and your own personal certified weapons trainer for proper guidance about shooting & using YOUR firearms, self-defense and concealed carry. It should not be relied upon as accurate for all shooters & the author assumes no responsibility for anyone’s use of the information and shall not be liable for any improper or incorrect use of the information or any damages or injuries incurred whatsoever.

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"Col Ben" is retired with 30 years service in the U.S. Air Force, with joint services Special Ops duty and training, and is Air Force qualified as "Expert" in small arms. He is a Vietnam-era Veteran. Ben is an experienced NRA-Certified Pistol Instructor, NRA Range Safety Officer, and FL Concealed Carry License Instructor. Ben recently wrote the book "Concealed Carry and Handgun Essentials for Personal Protection" (second printing) with 57 comprehensive Chapters about concealed carry and handgun principles, techniques, and tips for both experienced and new shooters. His reference book is endorsed by several organizations and is available on his website at Contact him at
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Why would anyone want such a hideously ugly pistol when Glocks are readily available?

Col Ben

“True beauty is found not solely in how one appears, but also in how one performs.”
– W. Somerset Maughan


Which also says, buy a Glock instead.

Col Ben

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
– Confucious
I love my 7 Glocks, but my others have pros and outstanding performance too.


“No bastard ever won a war by dieing for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.”
– George S. Patton

Col Ben

What is the relevance of your fine Patton quote?
All guns can contribute to this?
Dieing? “No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country….”

If you are dieing something, you are cutting or stamping it with a die, which is a device used for cutting, forming, or engraving metals. It is a process used in machining by a “tool and die shop” which would make extensive use of the process.


I’m sorry I was reading a WWII history book and that quote just came to mind after you quoted Confucious.


Because Gaston is an Ahole.