I made an impulse buy today and purchased the much-hyped M&P 9 Shield. I paid $432.95 out the door and am very pleased with its initial feel. I was looking for a gun to carry when I can't have my G19, so I was tending towards the Glock 26. Apparently Glock is 4-6 months backordered, so a new G26 wasn't going to happen.
The Shield is of MUCH higher quality than the Ruger LC9 that the salesperson at the shop showed me, and it is also a great deal slimmer than the used G27 that I was considering. I was also surprised to discover that I can get a 2.5 finger grip on the gun (you'll see what I mean when you see the pictures). I don't have baby hands, but I'm not Shaq either. Still, this was a nice surprise when shopping for a dedicated carry pistol.
I haven't shot it yet, but I'll update when I do. In the mean time, check out these photos of the Shield compared to my trusty G19.
How do you post pictures? "Images" isn't doing it. I'll do another post here