Volume 25, Number 3 April/May 2017


Smith & Wesson’s M&P 45 Shield packs a powerful punch in a little package Life is about compromise. And so it is with defensive handgun selection. You must balance various attributes, such as power and recoil, capacity and caliber, carry comfort and size, and sometimes even price and performance. The reason we have so many defensive handguns to choose from is because the compromises people are willing to make vary. Smith & Wesson’s newest compact-carry pistol—the 45 Shield—addresses a subset of that population with its own rendition of compromise. At less than 6.5 inches long and measuring less than an… [Read More]