Smith & Wesson Shield and HPR 9mm 115gr TMJ Ammo

Smith and Wesson Shield with HPR 9mm 115gr TMJ Ammo

As part of our continued testing of the Smith & Wesson Shield, we are evaluating the performance of the pistol with a wide variety of 9mm ammunition. The ammunition used during this range trip was HPR 9mm 115gr TMJ.

So here’s the thing… when the pistol and ammo function flawlessly, there really isn’t a whole lot to report. And that is exactly what happened during this range trip. The following target gives you a look at the results for 25 of the 50 rounds fired. The target showing the other 25 rounds is very similar.

Smith and Wesson Shield with HPR 9mm 115gr TMJ Ammo at 7 yds
Smith & Wesson Shield with HPR 9mm 115gr TMJ Ammo at 7 yds

As you can see from the results, I seem to consistently shoot low and to the left with the Shield. In fact, that is exactly what I saw during my first range trip with this pistol. In the above image I have the extended magazine in the pistol, which makes it much more comfortable in my hand. During this range test I didn’t use the extended magazine. I’ll be sure to use it next time to see if it makes a difference in my accuracy. Either way, I’m sure I’ll continue to see an improvement in my accuracy with more practice.

Accuracy Sidenote: While shooting at the bottom left grid of this target I was using the Compact Shooting Rest from CTK Precision. This undoubtedly took some of the shooter error out of the equation.


Cumulative Range/Function Test Results – Smith & Wesson Shield
Test # Ammunition # Rounds Results
1 Winchester 9mm 115gr FMJ 50 No Issues
2 HPR 9mm 115gr TMJ 50 No Issues

Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm No Thumb Safety Specs:

  • SKU: 10035
  • Model: M&P9 Shield™
  • Frame Size: Compact
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Action: Striker Fire
  • Capacity: 7 and 8 Round Magazines
  • Barrel Length: 3.1” (7.9 cm)
  • Front Sight: White Dot
  • Rear Sight: White 2-Dot
  • Trigger Pull: 6.5 lbs +/-
  • Overall Length: 6.1” (15.5 cm)
  • Frame Width: .95” (2.4 cm)
  • Overall Height: 4.6” (11.7 cm)
  • Grip: Polymer
  • Weight: 19.0 oz. (523.7 g)
  • Barrel Material: Stainless Steel
  • Slide Material: Stainless Steel
  • Frame Material: Polymer
  • Finish: Black/Durable Corrosion Resistant
  • More Info: Smith & Wesson

HPR Ammunition

HPR 9mm 115gr TMJ Ammo Specs:

  • Part Number: 9115TMJ
  • Projectile: TMJ
  • Weight (Grains): 115
  • Casing: New HPR Brass
  • Muzzle Velocity (FPS): 1128
  • 50Yd Velocity (FPS): 1073
  • Muzzle Energy (FT/LBS): 325
  • 50Yd Energy (FT/LBS): 294
  • Rounds/Box: 50
  • More Info: HPR Ammunition

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