Best Tactical Light For M&P Shield 9/40

The M&P Shield is one of the most popular single stack 9mm or 40SW pistol for concealed carry use.

When you carry a gun like this. If you’re shopping for the best weapon light for the Smith Wesson M&P Shield that helps you see in the dark & blind attackers… We have reviewed 3 products that provide what you want for conceal carry use & home defense.

Right off the bat, the Streamlight TLR6 is made to mount around the trigger guard, a flush streamline fit.

Here are the 3 best picks… we listed them based on lumen intensity, CCW ergonomics, size & ease of operation.

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Best Smith Wesson M&P Shield Tactical Light.


Streamlight TLR6 – Best Conceal Carry Ergonomics

streamlight tlr 6 on smith wesson m&p shield 9 40

The TLR 6 (Item 69273) mounts securely around the trigger guard of the M&P Shield.

This contoured weapon light mounts flush with the muzzle. The light Weighs only about 1.2 oz, its a super lightweight & compact for CCW.

To activate the light, simply just press the push-button on both sides, which is helpful for left & right handed shooters.

The Toggle switches on the Streamlight TLR 7 A is very ergonomic for pistol shooters.

The light has just a 100 lumens using just two CR 1/3N battery that lasts about 1 hr when using light & laser combo, 11 hrs when only using the laser.

TLR 7’s lumen intensity ISN’t the best compared to a full-size tactical light like Surefire X300 or Streamlight TLR 2, but it’s good enough for close-range illumination.

What we also love – The users don’t have to remove the unit off the gun to switch battery, so re-zeroing the laser isn’t required.

Highly recommend carrying a separate handheld EDC self defense light like the Olight M2R Warrior Pro along with your carry M&P Shield.

Please check out our EDC Light Buyer’s Guide here.


CrimsonTrace LightGuard LTG 770 –

smith wesson mp 9 40 crimson trace

The Crimson Trace LTG 770 is an under $100 light that mounts on your M&P Shield’s bottom rail.

If you have the railed M&P Shield 9/40, this light is highly recommended.

The light can produce up to 110 lumens white light, the beam & spill is very similar to the TLR 6, and the only major operational difference is activation switches.

Activation switches are on both sides for left & right-handed shooters. Instant Activation with constant & momentary modes come as standard for all weapon light.

The light is powered by 2 1/3N batteries (included with your purchase). The body is made with ruggedized polymer construction.

Available for Light only & paired with laser (Red or Green)

Check Out More: Best Full Size M&P Weapon Lights


Virdian Reactor (Laser Only)

Viridian r5 laser mp shield

The Viridian R5 Gen 2 is a laser only device made for the M&P Shield 9 and 40. It’s a laser that serves as a fast aiming reference point without sight picture alignment.

The laser is green, which is 50X brighter to see than a red laser. Most times in the dark the green laser sight can almost illuminate a large area of the scene, especially in a small room.

The battery lasts up to 5 hours, 3X more than the Gen 1 model.

The laser can be operated with a small button on the left & right sides of the gun. You can do Constant & Strobe.


M&P Shield Light FAQ

Is 100 Lumens too low compared to what’s on the market now?

Generally, anything over 100 lumens is a good starting point. Once you understand what is lumen and candela ratings.

a 100 lumens light might sound weak, but when it’s shining on your face right now, you would want to look away.

100 lumens is enough to light up a scene & blind a threat up close. It’s not as intense as a 1000 lumen light. Since the M&P Shield doesn’t accept other full-size pistol weapon light, maybe consider a handheld EDC tactical light that can project as much as 5 lumens to 2000 lumens.

How to install the light on the M&P Shield?

It’s very simple, just follow the instructions that come with the light.

Will my M&P Shield 9 or 40 recoil forces damage my light?

9mm and 40SW will not damage your light during recoil. They’re shock proof just like all other products companies like Surefire, Olight, Streamlight, Viridian & CrimsonTrace make.

Ensure you mount the unit tight!

What M&P Shield holster can I get so the light turns on automatically upon draw

The Viridian R5 features the R5 ECR Instant On activation built into the holster.

Please check out Viridian R5 ECR Holster For M&P Shield

Ying Xu

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