Smith & Wesson Performance Center Introduces M&P 380 Shield EZ Pistol

Performance Center M&P380 Shield EZ pistol features ported barrel, flat face trigger, tuned action.

Smith & Wesson Performance Center M&P 380 Shield EZ Pistol
Smith & Wesson Performance Center M&P 380 Shield EZ Pistol

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., – -( Performance Center today announced the addition of its new M&P380 Shield EZ pistol in three eye-catching configurations. Chambered in 380 Auto and equipped with a premium feature set, the Performance Center M&P380 Shield EZ is designed to be easy to use while incorporating features traditionally found only on custom firearms, including a ported barrel, flat face trigger, and Performance Center tuned action.

Tony Miele, General Manager of Performance Center, said, “Performance Center has always been recognized for its ability to add custom touches to factory firearms, and the Performance Center M&P380 Shield EZ represents exactly that – custom features, built right in. When designing this product, we set out to maintain all of the easy to use features that have made the M&P380 Shield EZ wildly popular, while adding in a custom Performance Center touch. With a flat face trigger, lightening cuts in the slide, and three striking color options, the Performance Center M&P380 Shield EZ is sure to stand out at retailers nationwide.”

Built for personal and home protection, the new Performance Center M&P380 Shield EZ pistol features the hallmark easy-to-use features of the M&P380 Shield EZ, including an easy to rack slide, easy to load magazine, and easy to clean design. This new pistol features a 3.8” ported barrel to reduce muzzle flip, lightening cuts in the slide for reduced weight, and an 8+1 round capacity. Each pistol ships with HI-VIZ® Litewave H3™ Tritium/Litepipe sights for excellent visibility in daylight and low light conditions.

In addition to the features listed above, the Performance Center M&P380 Shield EZ pistol will ship with a Performance Center-branded Tipton® Compact Pistol Cleaning Kit that includes bore brushes, a cleaning rod, and related accessories to clean the pistol after use.

The Performance Center M&P380 Shield EZ is available with a matte black frame and a choice of black, silver, or gold accents, and carries an MSRP of $502.

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  • 25 thoughts on “Smith & Wesson Performance Center Introduces M&P 380 Shield EZ Pistol

    1. I want to get one for my wife for Mother’s Day. I’m a gun guy, she’s not. So I’m going to try this model. Where are they available?

    2. I am seeking a light weight automatic gun. Just sold my Kel Tec 380 because I had hand surgery and loss a finger. Need something eazy to deal with, but will stop you, if you come for me. Thank you!

    3. More police departments across the country are authorizing LA PD / NYPD Smith and Wesson BG 380 as back up and deep cover because they’re dependable and they work
      I carried a J frame with reload ward cutters in it for years as a back up and OFDG All you mall cops if you think you’re going to engage over 7 feet in a gunfight you watch too much TV also shot placement of five rounds of ward cutters under 7 feet is nasty

    4. Smith and Wesson, what are you DOING? WHO buys a tricked out EZ Shield? Seriously? Don’t get me wrong. The Shield EZ was a hit. But Smith must not spend any money on market research, because people who buy the Shield EX don’t pay for custom slide work and TiN barrels. They don’t. And guys who pay for those kinds of things do NOT buy a Shield EZ 380. Maybe some guys who do custom M&P work want to get this gun for their girlfriends… or moms.
      C’mon Smith! WHERE IS AN OPTIC-READY M2.0? OR A PERFORMANCE CENTER M2.0? (And don’t you dare mention the new optics/ported shield M2.0. You know what I’m talking about…)

    5. I didn’t have any luck with this EZ. It was EZ to put it back in the box and send it back to Smith and Wesson. It constantly stove piped the last round and the slide very rarely locked after the last round did fire. Tried 6 different types of ammo and 4 different magazines and none of it helped. If it doesn’t come back fixed it will go EZ to the pawn shop.

    6. Shot placement over power, if this makes someone more capable of proper shot placement it’s worth the extra hundred bucks

    7. Lehigh defense.
      Caliber: 380 ACP
      Bullet Weight: 65 Grains
      Bullet Style: Lehigh Defense Xtreme Defense
      Case Type: Ducta-Bright 7a Nickel Brass
      Muzzle Velocity: 1400 fps
      Muzzle Energy: 283 ft lbs
      Penetration: 14 inches
      Check it out and watch video testing.
      The old .380 ain’t what she used to be!

    8. What they are probably finding is a market where guys that are getting too old to handle most slides but still want to shoot and sometimes carry can handle this firearm. I suspect that market has more disposable income than most other demographics. They just might be on to something there. Starting to appeal to me! I bought a standard one for my wife but she hasn’t warmed up to it. Great shooting gun, I just wish the ammo was cheaper. I have heard the new loads for the 380 are equivalent to many of the 9mm loads. I don’t know about that but I do know they hit my wallet a lot harder than 9mm.

      1. Hey Joe, my wife is a fan good shot with her M&P 380. I was a law enforcement officer & taught her as well as taking shooting lessons. I wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of that gun she’s holding. I have a question for you, when wad the last time you were hit by a .380 cal? My guess is you weren’t and are talking out of your ass like most assholes.

    9. I wish all my semi auto pistols had grip safety’s. Its what I love about my colt 1911 and my wifes EZ Shield.

    10. The .380 cal. Ouch Ok if you want to piss off your attacker or aggressor and hope he runs. Make sure you get yourself a good lawyer he may be hurting but you’ll be paying his hospital and legal bills for the rest of your life. When the cops come you want them to hear your story and your story only. If they hear the other story now you got yourself a life long problem.

      1. when was the last time you were shot with a .380 and was just pissed off? it sounds like you are talking from personal experience and it would be great to share your story to help those less famlier with the .380 make an informed decision.

      2. You might think about doing some more research on the defensive. 380 in some cases it is believed to hit as hard or even harder than a 38 special
        It is not the same caliber as 30 years ago. Just my 2 cents

        1. I used to think that right up until the day a piece dirt/sand lodged itself just perfectly in the grip safety mechanism and locked up my gun. Thankfully I was at the range when it happened and had an empty gun. It took 5 minutes of beating on it with every non marring tool I could find before it came free. No way I would have cleared it in a fight. It’s only happened once in 30 years of shooting, but it can happen, I have heard of others. Grip safety is one more thing that can fail. Probably won’t, but it can.

      1. I can understand why you wouldnt perfer a grip safety, but it hardly warrants that reaction. Also, that firearm has been out for nearly a year, there are just releasing it in a “performance center” model. A little silly considering the pistol was designed for people who wanted a firearm but werent “gun people”. I doubt those people wanted a high end model.

        1. BTW I own probably 25 guns now and in my life probably over a 100. I love shooting and have since I was 7 years old but I am thinking of buying the EZ because of a injured wrist and thumb. The point is your “gun people” comment is not appreciated. I really like the performance model, hope you do not mind.
          One of my favorite guns is my Redhawk 44 mag !

      2. It’s a matter of preference. There’s no downside to it. People who say this feature is bad doesn’t know what they’re talking about.

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