Picked up a M&P Shield in .40 caliber late yesterday and took it to the range today. Love the feel of the gun in my hand and was able to shoot it fairly well at 25 feet. Recoil was less than I had expected from such a small frame and was very managable. I did find the grip to be just a bit slicker than I like so will probably add a Talon grip if one is available.
The Shield is almost exactly the same size as the gun I bought it to replace (Taurus 709 Slim). While the Taurus has given me no problems after approx. 1700 rounds, I got to liking the full size M&P 40 so much that I thought I would like the little brother as well. I am looking to use the Shield as a carry gun where the Taurus never really was. My current carry is a G19 which can be a bit large at times.
Now the problem... With the extended (7 round) magazine which shipped with the gun, every shot fired caused the magazine to release which then caused a spent casing to stove pipe. As a lefty, I thought maybe I was inadvertantly hitting the mag release somehow but the problem persisted when firing with my right hand as well. I even had two others at the range try the gun with the same results. No problem with the 6 round magazine. Anybody else seen this with the Shield?