Recently Smith & Wesson released a 9mm version of their very popular 380ACP Shield EZ. Smith & Wesson describes the gun as “EZ is easy-to-rack, easy-to-shoot, easy-to-pack, easy-to-load, and easy-to-clean, and it was “built for personal and home protection.” Features of the new pistol include two 8+1 round capacity magazines with “a load-assist tab for quick, easy loading” a Picatinny-style rail, 3 dot sights and a light, crisp trigger. The secret to the EZ to rack the slide and crisp trigger is an internal hammer firing mechanism. Hammer fired guns are typically much easier to rack than striker-fired guns, and because the hammer is at full cock, the gun is essentially a single action pistol which means the trigger pull requires less effort to fire the pistol. Much like other single action pistols, the gun comes with a grip safety and optional manual thumb safety. It all adds up to a gun that is “not too big, not too small”, EZ to shoot and “an easy choice for personal protection.” You can learn more about this innovative design from the Smith-Wesson website or visit our Rental Counter in our Pro Shop and take it out for a test drive!