Smith&Wesson M&P Shield 9mm M2.0 CT
In 2016, Smith & Wesson bought Crimson Trace. As a result, the M&P Shield M2.0 CT has an integrated Crimson Trace laser built into its frame. Who thought that this concealed carry favorite could get any better? It even comes with the same show-stopping features as the other Shield M2.0 (without the laser). Both are slim, compact, and lightweight (although the laser makes the Shield M2.0 CT a smidge heavier).
The Shield M2.0 CT is a small, semi-automatic with all the power and design features of the M&P’s full-size pistols. It is reliable, professional, and its compact, slim profile makes carrying comfortable and easy no matter when, or how, you carry. So, what’s new about the Shield 2.0? Basically: an improved striker which makes for a lighter trigger pull, a finer grip texture that won’t catch on clothing; forward cocking serrations; and, of course, an integrated laser built right into the polymer frame.
The new, aggressive texture covers both side panels and wraps around to both the front and back straps; the texture is reminiscent of fine emery cloth which provides the shooter with an optimal grip for good control and better handling. In the hand, the Shield M2.0 CT sets at the classic M2.0’s 18-degree grip angle for, what M&P describes as, natural aiming.
Moving on to the trigger, the Shield M2.0 CT has a geometrically improved striker which has given it an approximate 5lbs trigger pull. This is leagues lighter than the previous generation’s 7lbs trigger pull. The new trigger also has a nice, felt trigger reset with that audible Click.
Finally, the pistol has an Armornite finish—M&P’s patented, corrosion resistant, durable coating.
Breaking down the Shield M2.0 CT is millions of times easier with M&P’s take-down lever and sear deactivation system—without pulling the trigger. The pistol is also available with or without the manual thumb safety, but comes with new machined, forward cocking serrations for easy chamber checking.
Just like the regular Shield M2.0, the CT comes with two seven-round magazines and one eight-round, extended grip magazine for those who need a little more length on the grip.
Speaking of a little more—in contrast, the Shield M2.0 CT weighs a light, 18.8 ounces, which is just 0.5 heavier than the Shield M2.0 (without laser). The barrel length is the same, however, with at 3.1 inches and an overall length of 6.1 inches. It’s just as thin too, so carrying it on your hip in an IWB holster, cross-draw, or in your pocket is a snap.
Weight: 18.8 oz. empty
Capacity: 7+1; 8+1
Cost: $479-$599 (depending on where you purchase)