Available with three-dot white sights or front and rear tritium, as well as with and without a manual safety, it wouldn’t be a Smith & Wesson if the Performance Center wasn’t involved. In addition to the standard M&P9 Shield Plus, multiple models will be customized from the Performance Center, including a longer 4” barrel and slide model with fiber optic sights and a factory-mounted Crimson Trace red dot. Slide and barrel porting will also be offered.

Better late than never, Smith & Wesson didn’t seek to reinvent the wheel, but rather continue refining a proven and popular design, offering consumers the features they want and reliability they demand at a price they can afford. MSRP is $553 for the standard M&P9 Shield Plus and $896 for the Performance Center model with red dot.