So, you’ve probably heard about and seen the Shield 2.0 by now. If you haven’t, the Shield 2.0 is currently the “newest” gun in the single-stack, ultra-compact 9mm market.
The only issue I have with it…. It’s not really a new gun. Let’s dive into that a little more.
Is the Shield 2.0 a Good Gun?
First off, I want to say that the Shield 2.0 is an excellent gun for the category. The original shield really revolutionized the single stack, sub-compact 9mm market when it was released. It wasn’t the first, but it was the best at the time, and still, holds its own. The M&P Shield’s success forced Glock to create their own version, the Glock 43. Many other manufacturers have also joined this market segment, or updated an old gun, just to try to keep up with the venerable Smith & Wesson.
Next, the Shield 2.0 is an improvement on the original. It has upgraded grip stippling, an improved trigger, and the cool serrations cut into the front of the slide. So by all means, if you don’t already have a Shield or Glock 43, get out there and buy a 2.0. You really won’t regret it!
Should I Buy a Shield 2.0?
Alright, now that we’ve got that out of the way, I want to get down to the main question of this article. Is it worth upgrading if you already have a Shield and you love it?? In short, no. I love my Shield, and I was excited as I could be when I heard they were making a 2.0 version. However, to me, it’s really similar to how the Glock Gen 5 has rolled out. There are small improvements from the previous version, still a great gun, but no reason to upgrade if you already have one.
In addition to this, if you’ve had your Shield for any amount of time, you’ve probably already addressed literally every improvement they have made to the Shield 2.0. Personally, I have. I use Talon Grips to get a better purchase on the gun. That’s much more comfortable than the texture on the new gun when it’s up against my side all day. Next, I haven’t done it to my gun yet, but TONS of people have upgraded the trigger to something like the ones from Apex. That eliminates any issues you probably had with the stock trigger. An Apex trigger is next on my upgrade list.
Last, the serrations… I’m not even sure you can use them. But, they’re there, and they look cool! If they were intended for better slide manipulation, there are honestly better options. Just do a quick search for Slide Spider for a much better option.
With these factors in mind, as I mentioned before, I won’t be purchasing a Shield 2.0 to replace my older version. Smith & Wesson has upgraded the gun nicely, but not with enough to beat my current gun. Instead, I’ll be spending my next $480 to purchase one of their new M&P M2.0 Compacts! It’s FINALLY a direct competitor to the Glock 19. Stay tuned for articles and videos on that gun.