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Top 5 Smith & Wesson M&P 9 Shield Upgrades

If you saw my last post, you’ll know I said that I wouldn’t be upgrading to the new M&P Shield 2.0. Why? There just aren’t that many upgrades that I can’t do myself or that I already haven’t done. For a lot less than they new Shield 2.0 would cost me, I can upgrade my original Shield to be just as good, if not better, than the 2.0. Here are my top 5 suggestions for you 

Top 5 Shield Upgrades

#5 – Grip Enhancement:

One of the big upgrades to the Sheild 2.0 is the new texture on the grip. Some people think it’s too rough, and I agree it’s definitely aggressive to be rubbing against your side all day, but it also helps to get a lot of extra traction.

So, how can we upgrade your current Shield to a comparable level? I recommend the Talon Grips because I’ve had great luck with them. There are other brands available as well. Find on that you like, or try multiple types until you find the right fit. You can get yours by clicking here!

#4 – Magazine Extensions:

This upgrade is valid for both the Original Shield and also the Shield 2.0. Adding a magazine extension to your spare magazine (or to your main magazine) will offer more rounds at your disposal in case you ever need to use your gun defensively. Magazine Extensions also offer precious more grip length to the stubby single stack nines. While the grip length is the most important concealability measurement, having room for your pinky give you a better grip and better accuracy.

I recommend carrying a mag extension on your spare magazine or for the range. You can find extensions for the Shield from Taran Tactical, Magguts, Hyve Technologies, and more. If you’re an Amazon shopper, you can get yours by clicking here!

#3 – Trigger Upgrade:

The hinged trigger design of the M&P line has always been a spot of controversy among gun owners. They just don’t allow you to get a good, solid pull, or at least it feels that way to me. While I don’t recommend changing the pull weight of the trigger, due to legal implications, I wholly recommend changing the trigger itself. Both Apex Tactical and Hyve Technologies make replacement triggers, and I chose the Hyve for my personal gun. It reduces pre-travel to almost nothing and gives you a much more positive grip with your finger since the trigger itself isn’t morphing shape as you pull it.

Check out my video to see the trigger results after install. I suggest either a trigger from Apex or Hyve. If you like the Hyve, you can get yours by clicking here!

#2 – Light/Laser:

A light and/or laser is a nice upgrade for any carry gun. You want to make sure you can see what you’re aiming at, whether it’s dark or light wherever you may be. The Streamlight TLR-6 is a great option for the small, single stack 9mm guns, like our Shields. If you aren’t going to carry a good, tactical flashlight 24/7, I recommend getting some type of light or laser to attach to your carry gun.

If you want the best of both worlds with a light and laser, the only real option is the Streamlight TLR-6, and you can get yours by clicking here!

#1 – Night Sights:

M&P sights are leaps and bounds better than those found on Glocks. They’re actually even metal! But, if you opted for the least expensive version of your shield, then you also got sights that don’t work in the dark. Working hand in hand with a light, if you can’t see your sights, you can’t aim at the bad guy. I always recommend upgrading to some sort of tritium sight that glows in the dark

My preferred aftermarket sights, for just about any gun that needs a night sight, is the TruGlo TFO. It has both Tritium inserts for night time as well as fiber optics for super bright sights in bright or dim lighted situations. They’re really the best of both worlds. You can get yours by clicking here!

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