My M&P Shield makes me want a full size M&P too

My M&P Shield makes me want a full size M&P too

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    My M&P Shield makes me want a full size M&P too

    I love my shield in every way. So much so that I want a fullsize M&P too. I was thinking it would be wise to have a full size for the range, training, and possibly a primary CCW with the shield as a back up or for the wife to carry.

    I heard that the trigger on the full size M&P is different than that of the shield. Are the guns too similar/different to warrant buying the shield's big brother? What are your thoughts on buying the full size for the purposes stated above?


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    Made me buy a M&P 9 Compact... love 'em both! I like the triggers... not sure what all the fuss is about.

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    I have a fs 9 and compact 40. If I had to choose 1 it would be compact, because you can use full size magazines in it with x grip, you can also pick up s&w 9m or 357sig barrel. Little easier to conceal the compact for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HCF View Post
    I have a fs 9 and compact 40. If I had to choose 1 it would be compact, because you can use full size magazines in it with x grip, you can also pick up s&w 9m or 357sig barrel. Little easier to conceal the compact for me.
    M&P full size = Best ergos of any pistol I have ever handled. Crappy trigger. Not like "first gen sigma" crappy but still crappy enough to make me say "Seriously Smith???? You didn't learn anything from the abomination of a trigger that was in the sigmas to fix it in your next line???
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    I personally find the stock M&P triggers to be ok. Reset is a bit weird (quiet), but I shoot them all just fine. This guy thinks he's a SIG 226.....great shooter.

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    any reason to buy a gun is a good reason....
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    If you want one of the other M&Ps, you may want to wait for a while. The word going around is the Shield trigger is going to be intergrated into the rest of the M&P line. S&W has been mum on the subject but that has been the word floating around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rollo View Post
    M&P full size = Best ergos of any pistol I have ever handled. Crappy trigger. Not like "first gen sigma" crappy but still crappy enough to make me say "Seriously Smith???? You didn't learn anything from the abomination of a trigger that was in the sigmas to fix it in your next line???
    Actually, I don't think the trigger on the M&P is bad. Yes, it doesn't have an audible and tactile reset like the Glock, but mine is pretty darn smooth and consistent. It really smoothed out with use.

    I also heard a Smith rep during an interview on YouTube say that they didn't put a tactile and audible reset in the M&P line at the request of the Military and various law enforcement agencies. I don't know whether I believe that or not, but that's what the man said.

    After coming out with the M&P line they got so many complaints about the trigger reset that in order to respond to customer demands, they will be incorporating the trigger from the M&P Shield into the rest of the M&P line.

    I've been looking all over for that video and if I find it, I'll put it up.

    Again, according to the Smith rep, the M&P trigger was done that way intentionally. It wasn't until after, that customer demand underscored it wasn't such a good idea to do it.

    Either way, whether you believe what he said or not, they are planning on addressing it in the future, and that's a good thing. It also shows, they respond to customers input.
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    I find the current M&P trigger on my FS 9 to be good, this is my second one. I have enough rounds down range that I do not need to feel the reset as I now know where it is. I also would never be able to hear it so the whole reset thing is lost with me. As for the trigger on the Shield, I have a 9 and yes it is better and I do hope what ever they have changed on it they put into their entire line. As for me, I had a FS9 about a year ago and sold it to finance another gun. I did the Apex swap to it and I did not like it and put the stock parts back in. The one part I kept in the gun was the firing pin lock plunger, that was a definite improvement.
    I like the M&P line and do not believe you can go wrong with any of them. That said I am a firm believer in buying what works for you. I am not a fan of Glock but I know they are a great gun, just not for me. Good luck.
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    I have two full size M&Ps(9 & 40) and I am completely satisfied with their function and reliability all the way around because if I were not they would be gone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BWBracelets View Post
    I love my shield in every way. So much so that I want a fullsize M&P too. I was thinking it would be wise to have a full size for the range, training, and possibly a primary CCW with the shield as a back up or for the wife to carry.

    I heard that the trigger on the full size M&P is different than that of the shield. Are the guns too similar/different to warrant buying the shield's big brother? What are your thoughts on buying the full size for the purposes stated above?
    After I handled a Shield at my LGS, I thought the same thing about getting a full sized M&P. I tried an M&P at the range recently and was disappointed by the trigger and accuracy. While the M&P feels good in my hand unlike my Glock, I CAN shoot the Glock accurately.
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    my M&P compact is unbelievably accurate. I don't own a full size but find it hard to believe I will be able to tighten up my groups much more then I can achieve with my compact.

    Wouldn't trade my M & P for the world. You are either a glock guy or an M & P guy. I shot the glocks and hated them. M&P is like a dream come true to me.
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    My M&P 9c didn't make me want a Shield.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BWBracelets View Post
    I love my shield in every way. So much so that I want a fullsize M&P too. I was thinking it would be wise to have a full size for the range, training, and possibly a primary CCW with the shield as a back up or for the wife to carry...
    I went the other direction!

    I bought a full-size M&P 9 the week before the Shield was released. I liked the full-size so much that I had to get the Shield the next week to go with it. Love 'em both! Neither one has had a hiccup with a large variety of ammo - 115 to 147 gr. in both FMJ and JHP. I keep them both stoked with 147 gr. Ranger T's for defensive use.

    Each of the M&P's has the best ergos I've felt for 9's in their respective size classes. For my purposes, the full-size is more of an HD gun, while the Shield is better for CC. The triggers are a little different, but I am absolutely fine with either. Now I'm wondering if I need an M&P 9C to fill the gap!

    Go for it - You won't be sorry!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoleShtr View Post
    If you want one of the other M&Ps, you may want to wait for a while. The word going around is the Shield trigger is going to be intergrated into the rest of the M&P line. S&W has been mum on the subject but that has been the word floating around.
    author James Tarr says the same thing in his article/review of the Shield: Handguns magazine, August-September 2012, page 55.

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