Should I trade in my Jframe for a Shield?

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    Should I trade in my Jframe for a Shield?

    I am thinking of trading in y Jframe for a M&P Shield in 9mm. I use a LCP for pocket carry. I also use a Commander sized 1911 and a Glock 19 for concealed carry. I can get about $250 for a trade in on my Jframe. The Shield is $409.99 BUT I will have to order and it will take around 30 days they tell me.

    I think the Shield will be a nice carry gun that will fill the gap between my Glock 19 and my LCP.

    Should I trade it in?

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    trade-in? I'd keep both.

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    It depends. Does the j frame have an internal lock? If yes, the trade would be no big deal. If the j frame does NOT have an internal lock, then I would keep it.
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    Personally - I would. But that's me. If in doubt keep the Jframe, buy a Shield & decide later. Maybe once you have the Shield you'll hate it (doubtful from everything I've heard). In that case you'd still have the Jframe.
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    The jframe does have an internal lock. I like it but never really enjoyed shooting it.

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    Absolutely.

    I had a J-Frame, got it because of all the hype over them... felt like it was a must have gun.

    Wasn't for me... at all.

    I'd take a Shield over a J-Frame any day (I've had one, traded it even up for an XD-S, another great choice).

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    Not familiar what a shield is but I love my j frame check out my avatar, yea boy... Eddie.
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    I think it would be optimistic that your order for a Shield would be filled within 30 days. Unless you bought from a gouger or something for way over MSRP that is

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    What exactly do you not like about the J frame?
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    It is a personal decision, but I will never get rid of my current J frame and plan to add more. They are extremely versatile. Do what you know you should, save up and THEN buy the shield.
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    The Shield appears to be a good little gun. The jframe is a proven workhorse that thousands upon thousands have relied on over the years. It would be difficult for me to trade in something that proven for the new wonder kid on the block.

    That said, unless your gun is in poor condition they sell for more than $250 around here. If you decide to get rid of it you may want to sell it rather than trade it. Would probably cover more of your cost for the Shield.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NY27 View Post
    It depends. Does the j frame have an internal lock? If yes, the trade would be no big deal. If the j frame does NOT have an internal lock, then I would keep it.
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    To emphasize what has been mentioned before. If it's a Internal lock J Frame, dump it and get the Shield. If it's a older Smith, with no lock, flat latch, standard latch, firing pin on the hammer, sts or not, I'd keep it and get the Shield anyway.
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