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The Smith & Wesson story is an interesting one. It started when Horace Smith and Daniel B. Wesson's first foray in 1852 saw the manufacture of a lever-action pistol known as the Volcanic pistol for their Volcanic Repeating Arms Company. Four years later, after financial difficulties led the company to come under different ownership, the pair left to begin anew and started work immediately on a new design that would come to be known as the Smith & Wesson Model 1. The rest is history. Now, over 150 years later, Smith & Wesson is still going strong and shows no signs of slowing down. With that kind of experience, it is not surprising that the company is now at the forefront of the arms industry – responsible for providing high performance firearms like the new M&P Series to the military, law enforcement and civilian markets.
The Smith & Wesson M&P Shield is the newest model in Smith & Wesson's M&P line of pistols, and is available in both 9x19mm Parabellum and .40 S&W chamberings. The M&P line, which debuted in 2005 as a revamp of the notably less popular Sigma design, is a line of semi-automatic polymer pistols designed with reliability, durability and accuracy in mind. Additionally, each pistol in the M&P line shares a core of features that place emphasis on what Smith & Wesson considers to be the hallmarks of the line – ergonomics and safety. But you probably knew that already. What you might not know, however, is that spare magazines – magazines like the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield magazine – are the most essential accessories available for your M&P Shield.
As noted, the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield magazine is an original Smith & Wesson factory-produced magazine for the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield line of pistols. The magazine is designed to hold and feed an increased capacity of eight rounds of 9x19mm Parabellum ammunition to your pistol. Its durable aluminum body features a silver finish that guards against rust and other corrosion, placing it far beyond the aftermarket competition. Additionally, this magazine adds a finger rest floor plate that allows shooters to take a full grip on one of the market's smallest pistols. As one would expect, this magazine benefits from the performance and reliability that one would expect from any Smith & Wesson factory product and will fit and function in any Smith & Wesson M&P Shield pistol chambered for the 9x19mm Parabellum cartridge.
Generally speaking, it is beneficial to seek out original, factory-produced magazines as they are manufactured by the same company and to the exact same specifications and tolerances as those that ship with the firearms for which they are designed. Additionally, they are manufactured using the same materials, a provision which ensures both proper fit and function in your firearm.