I'm in the same boat but I think I made up my mind thanks to this thread:
S&w shields 429.99 @ ktp
Less money, made in America, and an extra round = Shield!
This is a discussion on PPS or shield? Money vs wait within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; So I have been looking for a single stack 9mm and pretty much had my heart set on a shield, then I start reading about ...
So I have been looking for a single stack 9mm and pretty much had my heart set on a shield, then I start reading about the PPS. It seems to be a very reliable subcompact. To me reliability is #1. But I have read nothing but good reviews on the shield and I have a m&p 40 and a 40c and love them both. The problem is the wait, I check weekly every gun shop for idk 60 miles for a shield and nothing yet, but I think I can pic up a PPS this week. I don't know what to do, just looking for experience.
I like the shield way more than the PPS. PPS seems outrageous to me most of the time price wise.. Maybe pick up the PPS and then trade it in on a shield when you find one ? I always have them available in my area but florida has a pretty big market for guns, probably one of the biggest.
I have (or had) both. PPS is an awesome gun, there were just a few things I did not care for. Mainly, the magazine release. I just didn't want to have to relearn a behavior I did all my life. Aside from that, EXTREMELY accurate, easy to shoot, and conceal. FYI, accessories are expensive. However, the mag release was enough for me to unload it.
The Shield is also a fine gun. Nothing bad to say about it.
My personal opinion is to check out the mag release on the PPS and see if that bothers you. For me, I would wait on the Shield.
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I am very happy with my PPS. Learning the mag release was no big deal, it allows very quick mag changes. Incredible accuracy and fit-finish that is tops are also nice. I found my PPS at the LGS as a used-like new item with all three mags, both backstraps and all original accessories for $565. It sits on my side as I type this and I'm glad it's there.
I have a Shield and I love it. Every one of my friends who shoot it also want one too. The common thing that I hear from them after the mag is empty is wow, this shoots a lot smoother than I thought it would.
You are settling for the Walther PPS just because you can't find a S&W M&P Shield. Thus, my advice is to be patient and keep looking until you find one.
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The PPS looks and feels more refined.
S&W makes some nice knockoffs though.
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Never owned a Shield, but I've had my PPS in .40 S&W for some time. It is hands down my favorite IWB gun. Action is smooth and it fits my hand better than a glove. Absolutely nothing wrong with the PPS , IMO.
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Have you tried Gunbroker? I just looked & there's a bunch of them NIB.
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I think that even if you'd get your hands on one of the guns you'd still have to hunt down some ammo.
Can you rent them? The Shield feels better in the hand but the PPS is an outstanding shooter. Mine just makes one ragged hole. The mag release seems to be a love or hate thing. I like it as you don't have to worry about an accidental release. Another point is the Shield has a safety and no accessory rail.