The Best Laser Sights for M&P Shield
We’re huge fans of M&P Shield here at Gun Laser Guide. The Shield comes in at a good size and weight for a carry pistol and it’s extremely dependable. If you’ve poked around the site enough, you’ll know that we’re also big proponents of adding laser sights to our carry guns and the M&P Shield goes great with a quality laser sight.
Not only are there many options out there for M&P Shield lasers, but there are a ton of really good quality laser sights at affordable prices.
In this post, we take a look at our top picks for the best laser sights for M&P Shield and explain some of the features and benefits of each. You’ll know what to look for in a laser sight for your Shield and what not to look for as well.
So let’s get started with our top lasers for M&P Shield below.
The LaserMax lasers are becoming a well known name in the industry of small center-fire pistol owners because they can be had at a decently low price compared to some of their competitors, while maintaining the robust quality that you want in a product for personal defense.
These laser sights come in a polymer configuration that will match your M&P frame very nicely, giving an OEM look, while keeping you on target at 20 yards. A 5mW laser is plenty bright for use during the day, and the configuration is fairly light, weighing in at 3.2 ounces. The side activated button can be a little annoying, but once you get some practice with it, you will be able to switch your laser on and off with ease.
If you would like a light and a laser, then you don’t need to go with a bulky configuration of stacking another picatinny rail on the bottom of your flashlight. On a weapon as small as the Smith and Wesson M&P Shield, there really isn’t enough room for that kind of thing anyway. The best solution is to combine them in the same setup, and snap it on the weapon forward of the trigger guard.
The Streamlight functions in this configuration. Flashlight and laser in one simple setup with an ambidextrous switch to activate any of the three modes available, either light, laser, or combo. The main drawback is that even though the light is pretty bright, it isn’t as high powered as some other gun lights, though it should still be enough to stun an intruder. The laser is plenty bright and very sharp, even at 25 yards.
For around $100, this is a very good buy for your M&P Shield.
Viridian, the name says it all, but if you aren’t up on fancy colors, this is a green laser solution for your Shield. A green dot is going to appear brighter under most conditions, making the light easy to spot on the target, even on sunny days. Activation is simple enough with the power button on the side, and the laser is adjustable. The whole setup weighs less than an ounce. And when we talk about bright, at night you can see this light for up to 2 miles.
The price point is pretty high, which happens with high end equipment, but if you want to stay on target and have a rugged design that’s mated perfectly to your M&P, and you like the advantages of a green laser over the traditional red color, this might be the solution you are looking for. It isn’t blended perfectly to the M&P due to the goofy white lettering on the side, but that can be fixed with a little paint.
Tired of fiddling with side buttons? The ArmaLaser system for the M&P Shield is grip activated, and it really doesn’t cost that much for the feature. This is one of those laser sights that seems almost too good to be true for the price.
Turns on when you need it, off in the holster, and it’s constructed from DuPont polymer that’s as rugged as your pistol polymer. The electronics are amazingly reliable, and this sight was designed and assembled in the USA. Installation is a snap.
This is a really solid laser for your pistol with few drawbacks. Definitely one that is in the top of its class. I have to give credit to ArmaLaser for being able to make this for the price. It’s a fantastic deal. The 5mW laser weighs in at 3.2 ounces.
If you don’t mind the extra expense, go with the brand everyone trusts. The Crimson Trace green laser is not only super bright, like other green lasers, but it’s built with a reliability that you know you can trust when you need it the most. It’s extremely light at 0.8 ounces.
The value in this weapon goes beyond having a high quality green laser from a top-notch company. In addition to the laser itself, this piece of kit saves you the annoying time of hunting for a holster that will support your weapon with the laser installed on it.
You get a Blade-Tech Klipt in-the-waistband holster that is already set up to house your Smith and Wesson with the CT laser attached. Suddenly, the higher cost justifies itself, as having a holster purpose-built for the application is a great addition to any laser purchase.
So What’s The Best Laser Sight for M&P Shield?
Well, we think we’ve provided you with some very good picks above. The bottom line comes down to your budget (lots of sub-$200 options here) and the quality of laser you’re looking for.
In this case, you really are getting what you pay for in terms of the next laser sight for your Shield. If your M&P Shield is your every day carry gun, don’t skimp and get the best laser sight that you can afford.