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M&P 380 Shield EZ

#1 Post by NoEyeDeer » Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:06 pm

Picked one up this weekend. I had been looking for something as the "next step" up from .22 for new shooters. While the recoil is slightly more than .22, it's a lot less than any of the other choices I had.

I got the no external safety model as I prefer those. The trigger pull is relatively short and light to me, but I am use to heavy triggers. This is a hammer fired gun, which I prefer as then I can put my thumb on the hammer when holstering and be assured the gun can't fire. The EZ hammer is internal but a backstrap safety provides the same function on the EZ.

One thing I hadn't considered was that when you grip the backstrap coming out of the holster you have a light trigger and no safety. I could see this as an issue if a careless person put it in a purse where keys and other things could get in the trigger. But they shouldn't be doing that anyway. It also comes in an ambi external safety model if wanted.

I had a few odd quirks about midway throught 100 rounds, such as stovepipes (fail to feed) and completly new to me, ejecting the spent round and the next one from the magazine at the same time. It seemed to be only an issue with one magazine, but by the time I was narrowing it down it went away.

I asked the LGS if they were popular. He had gotten 18 in on Monday and was down to 2 by Saturday morning. It may have just been people wanting an easy to rack and easy to load pistol in a low recoil center fire caliber, which this is as easy as an M&P .22 to manipulate. I have the full size in 22, but the M&P compact 22 would be a good companion if you shot a lot.

380 gets expensive. Everyone else seemed to be buying AR mags.

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Re: M&P 380 Shield EZ

#2 Post by ZenShot » Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:42 pm

I think the EZ is going to be very popular.


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Re: M&P 380 Shield EZ

#3 Post by zzrguy » Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:47 pm

Try cleaning out the mags see if one mag is harder to load and mark it.
I had a aftermarket 10rd mag for my 1911 and it gave me simular issue's. The cause we a heavy spring causing the next round to drag on the slide I had FTF FTE and it would spit out two round usually when fully loaded.
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Re: M&P 380 Shield EZ

#4 Post by highdesert » Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:14 am

Congrats 8+1 and 18.5 oz unloaded, lightweight. Very nice, happy shooting!
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Re: M&P 380 Shield EZ

#5 Post by bornin69 » Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:14 am

Everyone else seemed to be buying AR mags.

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Re: M&P 380 Shield EZ

#6 Post by atxgunguy » Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:18 am

It's been fairly well-received. Had I a need for such a configuration, I'd get one.



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Re: M&P 380 Shield EZ

#7 Post by NoEyeDeer » Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:13 pm

In the second video, around 3:19 with the S&B is an example of the problem I had. Spent round ejects and the next round fails to feed and either stovepipes or completely ejects. I think it may have been eithr WWB flat nose or agilla I was using.

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Re: M&P 380 Shield EZ

#8 Post by Bisbee » Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:57 pm

Shoot it some more, and with another a friend. Try a few different kinds of ammo. If you experience the same issue between ammo brands, pay attention to how you are holding the gun upon recoil. Limp-wristing may negatively affect cycling ability of small auto-loaders with smaller energy cartridges.

If the same jam happens with both of you, then consider there may be an issue with the gun which needs addressing.

For the longest time, I relied only on snubbie-revolvers for carry eschewing the complexities and size of auto-loaders. The last thing anyone can deal with in a deadly situation is a malfunction (unless you consistently train for it and even then...). The gun which changed my mind is the 9mm Shield. Mine has run flawlessly and I've taken to carrying it on occasions. But if it ever jammed at the range and I felt the issue could not be traced to me or a particular brand of ammo, I'd probably return to revolvers tout suite.
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Re: M&P 380 Shield EZ

#9 Post by Marlene » Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:46 pm

Hadn’t seen this til now. After all these years we finally have a real answer when someone asks about a gun for someone with low hand strength.

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Re: M&P 380 Shield EZ

#10 Post by featureless » Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:49 pm

I don't get to see this gun in California but I've shot Ruger's LC380 (not the LCP) and it is also very easy to rack and shoots soft. For whatever that's worth.

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