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Smith and Wesson M&P Shield 9mm vs. Beretta Nano 9mm at Texas Gun Blog and Firearms Megastore

Today we compare two of the newer concealed carry orientated small frame subcompact pistols on the market. The Beretta Nano 9mm, and the Smith and Wesson M&P Shield 9mm.

Caliber: NANO: 9mm — SHIELD:
Overall Length: NANO: 5.63” — SHIELD: 6.1″
Overall Height: NANO: 4.17” — SHIELD: 4.6″
Overall Width: NANO: .90” — SHIELD: .95″
Barrel Length: NANO: 3.07” — SHIELD: 3.01″
Sight Radius: NANO: 4.92” — SHIELD: 5.3″
Sights: NANO: 3-Dot Low Profile — SHIELD: 3-Dot Low Profile Adj
Frame: NANO: Chassis Stainless Steel Insert — SHIELD:
Grip Frame: Technopolymer — SHIELD: Polymer material
Slide Material: NANO: 4140 — SHIELD: Stainless Steel
Slide Finish: NANO: Pronox — SHIELD: Black Melonite 68 HRc
Capacity: NANO: 6+1 — SHIELD:7+1, 8+1
Weight Unloaded: NANO: 17.67 oz — SHIELD 19 oz


Smith & Wesson’s new M&P SHIELD™ is a slim, concealable, lightweight, striker-fired polymer pistol. Available in 9mm and .40 S&W, the new M&P SHIELD features a slim design combined with the proven and trusted features found in the M&P Pistol Series. From the pistol’s easily concealed one-inch profile to its optimized 18-degree grip angle, the M&P SHIELD offers professional-grade features that provide consumers with simple operation and reliable performance. Chambered in 9mm and .40 S&W for proven stopping power, the M&P SHIELD features a high-strength polymer frame with a black, Melonite® coated stainless steel slide and barrel. Both models are standard with a 3.1-inch barrel, which contributes to an overall length of 6.1 inches and an unloaded weight of 19 ounces. For fast tracking and smooth target acquisition, the M&P SHIELD is standard with a 5.3-inch sight radius and has been enhanced with a short, consistent trigger pull measuring 6.5 pounds. Featuring a quick and audible reset made possible by the striker-fired action, the M&P SHIELD allows multiple rounds to be placed on target both consistently and accurately.

The Beretta Nano is the ultimate evolution of the micro compact carry pistol.
Utilizing a removable, serialized sub-chassis the Nano pistol can be easily modified with replaceable grip frames and is simple to disassemble and maintain.
Ease of use and concealment were key drivers in the development of the Nano.
The Nano’s extremely low profile, snag free design makes it easy to carry and draw from concealment.


To accommodate right or left-handed use, the Nano’s magazine release button can be easily reversed.
The light, durable, frame employs modern thermoplastic technology through the use of fiberglass reinforced technopolymer.
The Nano’s sights are user adjustable with a 1.3mm hexwrench and your fingers. This allows anyone to adjust their sights without the assistance of a gunsmith.
Modular structure, ergonomics and ease of use make the Beretta Nano the ideal firearm for concealed carry.