I'll start with I've only been shooting for a year. I have an LC9 that I have a total love/hate relationship. I love how easy it is to carry but I hate shooting it. I've gotten decent with it at the range but normally I only go through 2-3 magazines and I'm done and my hand is tired.
I've been comparing guns online and decided to sell/trade the LC9 and go with something I'll actually enjoy shooting. I know, I could keep it as a back up or on those hard to conceal days, but I've made my peace with altering my dress and going with a slightly bigger gun. I don't enjoy shooting it and once I have something I like to shoot I know I won't want to practice with the LC9 anymore, I've met me - I know it will go in the safe and I won't practice so it will be useless to me at that point. I have looked at the Shield several times, but really the other guns I'm looking at are just a smidge bigger and I'm totally OK with that.
So over the last week I've spent hours and hours researching guns to check out. Even made a spreadsheet with about 5 side by side with height, width, barrel length, weight, etc and also compared to the LC9 I'm used to. After going to the gun store and holding and checking out all on my list I narrowed it down to 2(well 3 because I have a friend insist I try the Glock 26) and went to the range today to try all 3 with my friend who let me borrow her Glock.
I honestly believed I'd shoot them and be able to say "this one. I like this one right here" Nope, not so easy. I loved the M&P 9c and the XD9 subcompact both. I went through 150 rounds and went back and forth between the 2 and I loved them both!!! (I would have stayed even longer and bought more ammo I was having so much fun but I had to get home to make supper. My friend bailed out about 30 min before me to go to work) I've never had so much fun on the range! As far as accuracy, I shot about the same with both. But I can't buy both.
So I figured I could find some here with opinions on the matter. :) I realize y'all may make it a harder decision, not easier lol but I'm curious to get some opinions from owners of these guns. The only thing I can come up with at this point that sways me either way is I have found a used XD9c locally which lowers my expense. I also do like a thumb safety which the M&P has and the XD doesn't - but it does have a grip safety so that's kind of a wash.