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Smith & Wesson Now Shipping Non-Microstamped M&P Shield Pistols to California

by Handguns Online Staff   |  April 14th, 2014 5

Smith & Wesson Corp. announced Apr. 8, 2014, that non-microstamped, California-compliant M&P Shield pistols will now be shipping to the Golden State.

The popular concealed carry pistols were approved and added to the California Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale prior to the microstamping requirement  — essentially grandfathered in.

Available in 9mm and .40 S&W, the CA versions have a few slightly different features to make them compliant with stringent state laws. Those features include a loaded chamber indicator on top of the slide, a single-sided thumb safety and a magazine safety.

According to Mario Pasantes, S&W’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Global Professional Sales, “As California consumers face a diminishing list of pistol choices for personal protection due to the state’s microstamping requirement, we are proud to offer them access to our newest and most popular pistols in non-microstamped yet fully compliant versions.”

The CA-approved M&P Shields use the familiar operating controls and dimensions from standard Shield models. They also come with 7- and 8-round magazines.

CA-compliant Smith & Wesson M&P Shield pistols are available now for $469.

  • Kyllein MacKellerann

    In a way, I’m glad this idiocy about Microstamping has been enacted by our lackwit Attorney General. What she will do is start the process of one by one having the Courts declare California’s various laws are unconstitutional. Yeah, this is bitter medicine, but we deserve it: WE LET HER GET ELECTED!
    Remember the old saw, give a fool enough rope and he (or she) will hang themselves. I’ll happily give our Attorney General another nine yards of good strong hemp; all the evidence shows she’ll use it the right way.

    • Mark N.

      Ummm, she did not enact the law, the legislature enacted the law in 2007. Harris merely declared that the technology was generally available–a task delegated to her by the express terms of the statute. And the case challenging the requirement looks like it is going nowhere at present. So unless you plan on buying all the pistols you’ll need before they fall off the roster, there’s a revolver in your future.

  • Massolo

    I’m so glad I bailed on California. Soon there will only be two types of people there, criminals and victims.

    • nonya

      and illegal aliens

  • Le Goose

    may your chains rest lightly upon you

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