Top 5 Smith & Wesson M&P 9 Shield Upgrades – Shield & Shield 2.0 Upgrades

Top 5 Smith & Wesson M&P 9 Shield Upgrades – Shield & Shield 2.0 Upgrades

The Shield is one of the most popular CCW’s available. Now, with the new 2.0 version out, you may be thinking you need to upgrade. Use this guide to save you several hundred dollars and upgrade your original!

Talon Grips:
Magazine Extensions:
Trigger Upgrade:
Night Sights:
Slide Cover Plate:

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  1. Brian Murphy on November 17, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    NDZ Performance makes a very nice pinkie finger floorplate for the Shield 7rd mags.

  2. cuāmiztli on November 17, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    What about for the shield .40? Extra rounds for it?

  3. Wilshire Warrior on November 17, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    adding things to make a smaller concealable pistol bigger??? WTF?

  4. Theme Park Walk on November 17, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    Would a M&P 8-round mag work for the M&P Shield Plus so I can use the Hyve extender? Thank you

  5. Cameron Mora on November 17, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    What about the MP Shield 45 can you upgrade that

  6. D'Andre Showers on November 17, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    Was wondering! When you get the laser light combo will you be using a trigger mount? Is it something you would recommend?

  7. Designer Boy Block on November 17, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    I live the set upp and my favorite orange can’t wait to get mines

  8. Bryan C. on November 17, 2022 at 9:51 pm

    Tripod? Is that a joke? You don’t seem like a very funny person.

  9. Tito Chaidez-Martinez on November 17, 2022 at 9:51 pm

    How are these upgrades holding up? I just got one of these

  10. Thomas Green on November 17, 2022 at 9:51 pm

    would you please stop sweep the camera with your gun, if someone would have done that to me I would have taken the gun from them. there is no excuse for that.

  11. Jim D. on November 17, 2022 at 9:52 pm

    Great video. I’m shopping for a single stack and I’ve been leaning toward the Shield. You gave me some good info on aftermarket parts. Also, I loved how you sped up the range footage. That was funny as hell. You should add in some old-timey piano music or something like that. Liked and subscribed.

  12. Michael Montgomery on November 17, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    I have a TLR6 and it’s nice but I wish the light was brighter.

  13. Jay Winters on November 17, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    You didn’t clearly communicate the identity of the various companies. What was the name of the company that makes the mags hold more w/o buying aftermarket end plates? Mag-x? And you did same thing w different companies who make lasers.

  14. Steve Wilson on November 17, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    I’ll never understand why you would want to have any contrasting colors on your carry weapon other than sites… Especially that cover plate, that would be distracting when shooting, whether you admit it or not, it is distracting. I want my every day carry black with a side of black. Nothing about it should stand out other than the sites which should only stand out when viewed from behind the weapon.

  15. Charles Ford on November 17, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    Magguts makes a +2 extension for the 7 round flush fit  magazines, giving you 9 round magazine that is only 1/4" taller then the standard flush fit, just enough to put your pinky on.

  16. asd on November 17, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    LIke the Autobot stamp, kinda makes me want a purple decepticon shield.

  17. Skill et on November 17, 2022 at 9:56 pm

    You look just like the guy from Nolan outdoors.

  18. Cassius Rial on November 17, 2022 at 9:59 pm

    😂 My shield has the exact same color scheme for the Hyve accessories I put on it. I have a different backplate that says "zero f*cks given" and a threaded barrel with a comp on it. Nice video man👍🏼

  19. William Mitchell on November 17, 2022 at 10:00 pm

    will the extended mag and mag release fit the 2.0?

  20. troy branch on November 17, 2022 at 10:03 pm

    The Hogue Beaver Tail Grip is nicer than grip tape. Gives you a thicker grip that feels great and adds more texture over stock I don’t have as large of hands as the guy in the video. My 7+1 mag with a finger grip extension gives my pinky the perfect grip. Apex is expensive but worth every penny for triggers and barrels.

  21. ZIPPER on November 17, 2022 at 10:04 pm

    The gritty grip would be best in an actual situation. Blood and sweat are very slippery

  22. J Cozad on November 17, 2022 at 10:08 pm

    My EZ 9m Performance Center 2.0 has a strong slide pull and strong trigger pull. My EZ .380 PC 2.0 is a much lighter slide pull and 4 lbs trigger pull. Are there after easier slides & triggers for the 9m?

  23. PNW Adventures on November 17, 2022 at 10:08 pm

    You showing the video of the range and it being fast forwarded really gave me a chance to see what a level shooter it is. It somehow made the recoil more visible. And it seems quite flat compared to many other similar guns.

  24. Cesar Torres on November 17, 2022 at 10:08 pm

    Bro I returned my gun, you made it boring. Thanks

  25. AndyTom on November 17, 2022 at 10:10 pm

    I wish dudes weren’t so into the colorful mods. It makes the Shield crowd a laughingstock.

  26. nonya biz on November 17, 2022 at 10:10 pm

    I did all the upgrades you suggested and the shield is perfect. The only problem was M&P had the 2.0 in gray so I had to buy it. All the hyve upgrades except the extended mag release. Good work thanks. I have 1000s of rounds with hyve mags and never had any issues. True glow Tritium fiber optic sights and a T.L.R 6 and it’s a good C.C.W. Thanks again for your video.

  27. A_Storm_Inside on November 17, 2022 at 10:11 pm

    What was that red ammo

  28. Mur Cap on November 17, 2022 at 10:12 pm

    The original Shield is fine. I carry the 9 Shield daily. Some additions for common sense reasons would be the mag capacity increase. Just use the Mag Guts kit to upgrade by one or two rounds. So you Shield can now carry 11 rounds if you wish. Skip the trigger replacements. Any trigger work on a carry all the time gun will haunt you if you get a jury trial (verify this with a good self-defense counsel and don’t recite the old "Rather be tried by 12 instead of carried by 6." You bank account won’t agree. Sight change if you wish. I have a CTC Green Laser sight on my 9 Shield because it came with it. Helps find the front sight quickly. Glow dot the front sight if you wish. Mag extensions? Why? Didn’t you want a compact carry gun? I’ve shot Smith Model 10 service pistol for many years with my pinky under the grip. Skip the boutique work and get serious with your carry.

  29. Saint Babylon on November 17, 2022 at 10:12 pm

    Damn bro the new 2.0 grips are very nice as is unless you got some really sweaty hands, lol. That’s like the one thing everyone who reviewed & purchased the gun that I know that said it doesn’t need which I liked cause I had to put Talon grips on my XD 40 for sure. Also the new trigger on the 2.0 is far better than the 1.0 & works just fine out of the box for me.

    .mOnly thing l really want to add to my Shield is a good stream light but haven’t found a model that fits nice with enough lumens for my liking so I been just carrying a good hand held light near my IWB holster when I’m out and about everytime is a must. I do like the orange color scheme you got going on for sure.

  30. 3rdSS Totenkopf on November 17, 2022 at 10:15 pm

    Thank you hopefully they have all that in red

  31. Mark Harmon on November 17, 2022 at 10:17 pm

    Needs whitewalls and raccoon tails on the antennas

  32. Cameron Mora on November 17, 2022 at 10:19 pm

    Cuz mine is that 45 that big slug

  33. Chuck Driver on November 17, 2022 at 10:20 pm

    This video is positive proof that the Shield is not the Glock killer M&P fandom would have you believe. If people buy a polymer framed handgun they WILL tinker with them. It’s the American way. Glock 43 is still the better choice.🇺🇸🗽🦅 🇦🇹

  34. Caveira138 on November 17, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    Have you tried the Apex trigger upgrade vs. Hyve? How do they compare?

  35. Paul Power on November 17, 2022 at 10:22 pm

    You can find a bunch of backplate choices on amazon for around 11$ super easy to change. Theres videos on how to do it. I got a flag for one.

  36. Silver Beard181 on November 17, 2022 at 10:23 pm

    Magguts makes a magazine spring that adds one round to the 7 round mag with no change in height…I like the 2+ Hyve although magguts gives you a way to turn the 8 round into a 10 with minimal height increase…I haven’t decided which mag upgrades I’m gonna use yet…I will be adding a backplate that extends out on both sides for one hand racking…Similar the Shield 380 EZ backplate…

  37. 2GEO on November 17, 2022 at 10:24 pm

    Glad I found this video. I purchased a shield today. Can’t wait to hit the range.

  38. LibertarianCV1984 on November 17, 2022 at 10:27 pm

    Hogue rubber grip is absolutely AMAZING I wouldn’t use any other grip. I am 6’3” with long fingers and a big hand. The Hogue is a must for me.

  39. Derek Brandes on November 17, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    First “upgrade” should have been aftermarket night sights! Not a colored backplate for the slide. Smh

  40. Ricky Hogan on November 17, 2022 at 10:30 pm

    LOL, the original Shield is just fine, you are silly.

  41. Willie Henton on November 17, 2022 at 10:30 pm


  42. Jeremy Manns on November 17, 2022 at 10:32 pm

    What color is your mag extension?

  43. Luis Villanueva on November 17, 2022 at 10:33 pm

    Voice is all treble and no bass. 😛

  44. Andy 9x19 on November 17, 2022 at 10:34 pm

    Picked up my 9mm Shield 2.0 yesterday from my FFL. I can’t wait to run 150 or so rounds through it and then hopefully make it my everyday carry. Good video!

  45. Paul Power on November 17, 2022 at 10:34 pm

    I love the Hyve plus 2 mag add. It’s the best. Got a couple in black they look great !

  46. Matt S. on November 17, 2022 at 10:35 pm

    Do you have a link for the slide cover plate With transformer logo? The one in the description does not have transformers

  47. GLOCK 18 super charger on November 17, 2022 at 10:35 pm

    Woooouuu nice custom

  48. Kyle Watanabe on November 17, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    What’s the point of constantly safety checking your firearms on camera? I’m not worried about being shot while watching your video! Lol

  49. Nico Aguilar on November 17, 2022 at 10:39 pm

    Where can I find the spring conversion kit to turn my 8 round mag into a 10 round mag without making it a bigger mag like the hyve?

  50. Kris N on November 17, 2022 at 10:40 pm

    The only thing to upgrade, is the guide rod and spring. Mine failed after 35 rounds.

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