The Shield 2.0 was recently released and at the time of shooting this video. They come in 10 different variations. The differences being some have optional night sights, external safeties, and integrated crimson trace lasers. There's literally an option for everyone. If you're interested in seeing what different models they offer we suggest going to Smith & Wesson's website. Trying to explain all of the different options here might get really confusing.
For today we're going to be reviewing the 9mm Crimson Trace version without the external safety.
The gun comes packaged in a cardboard box, which is a little disappointing considering most guns these days come with some sort of a plastic case. Inside the box you will find a tiny Allen wrench for adjusting the laser, along with a small laser lens cleaner, one 7-round magazine, one 8-round extended grip magazine, gun lock, warranty paperwork, and the gun.
The construction of the gun is really good. Both the barrel and the slide are constructed from stainless steel and feature an armorlite finish. The slide serrations are very positive and make manipulating the slide easy, even with sweaty hands. The frame has nice texturing and it's not nearly as aggressive as its bigger brothers, but I think this will be better for concealing and being up against your skin for long periods of time. Our gun came with steel 3 dot sights which we really like. The sight picture is easy to pick up and worked well on this gun. The gun is not completely ambidextrous as it only has one slide stop on the left side of the gun. The magazine release though is interchangeable to the left or the right side.
If you watched my M&P 2.0 Compact video, you probably know I'm not a very big fan of the Smith & Wesson hinged trigger set up, but I have to say on the shield 2.0, I really didn't mind it. The trigger has a little bit of travel and an okay break. The reset is not bad on this gun as well, It's both tactile and audible. The 5 pull average was 4lbs 10.7oz. Not bad for this little gun.
During our range test of the Shield 2.0, the gun performed flawlessly. We had zero malfunctions. The only issue we did notice was when initially running Blazer aluminum case 115 grain ammo through the gun. We realized it was not very accurate, so we switched to Fiocchi 124 grain brass cased ammo, and the accuracy was significantly better. I don't think there was anything wrong with the Blazer ammo, as it has been plenty accurate out of other guns I've reviewed, I just think this short barrel will favor heavier rounds. If you own one of these, let us know below what your experience has been with different types of ammunition through your Shield.
As we mentioned this gun has the integrated Crimson Trace laser. Out of the box, the laser was way off, and needed adjusting. To adjust the laser, it comes with a small Allen wrench, and there are two small holes on the outside of the frame where you will adjust your windage and elevation. After adjusting the laser, we have over 400 rounds through the gun and we can say that so far it has held zero.
This laser has 2 modes. The first mode is on with a solid beam, and the second mode is a flashing mode. I'm not really sure why you would need the flashing mode, and I think I would rather only have the one mode.
In order to change the batteries on the laser you just remove the slide, and there's a small door right above the laser where you can access the battery compartment.
I really like the design of this laser and think the button placement is really well done. I can turn the laser on and off from a shooting grip with no issues. There's a button on both sides of the gun so it's completely ambidextrous. Regardless of hand size, I don't think anyone is going to have an issue operating this laser. Also, the buttons are flush, so there's really no chance you're going to inadvertently turn the laser on until you deliberately push the button.
What are my final thoughts?
The Shield 2.0 is a great little gun. The grip is comfortable, aggressive, and the gun functioned 100% during our test. We think this is a great option for somebody who's looking for a really compact and lightweight handgun. Due to the laser design, there will be plenty of holsters available for this gun in no time, which can often times be an issue with adding a laser or any accessories to a handgun.
And that's all we have for today we'd like to thank Central Texas Gun Works for supplying this gun for review. If you're in the Austin area go check them out. They have a great selection and can order anything you need. If you liked this review please give it a thumbs up and let us know in the comments section what you'd like to see us review next. If you have any questions about this review or the Shield 2.0, shoot us a message or leave it in the comment section below. Don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel and to follow us on Facebook at Lone Star Gun Rights.
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