The M&P Shield. Tell me about your experience with this gun

The M&P Shield. Tell me about your experience with this gun

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    The M&P Shield. Tell me about your experience with this gun

    I am dumping the Kahr CW9 because of the magazine issues almost everyone has with this gun eventually. See this thread: I've had it. Time to replace the Kahr CW9.

    I am in discussions with a fellow who wants to trade me his M&P Shield for my CW9 with a little cash thrown in on my end as the CW9 is less expensive that the Shield.

    I have held a Shield and honestly, I didn't love the feel of it in my hand but I know I can fix that very easily. I have not heard much bad about the Shield but I am really looking to hear from people who own one and carry it regularly. How does it carry. How is the reliability. Anything you dislike about the gun.

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    I got to hold a Shield after church in the parking lot a few weeks back. I pointed it at the pea gravels on the ground. I really liked the way the grip frame dimensions snugged right up into my hand. Haven't shot one yet.
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    Me neither. They are a bit more difficult to come by than the winning Powerball ticket.

    Have held two, and as Bryan said, good ergos. Can it shoot? Who knows. Would like to find out.

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    Fits me well, very reliable, shoots like a full size gun.

    But, maybe it's not for you? People like the PPS and many other small 9mms.

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    I went with the pps rather than the shield and haven't been disappointed. Not a single problem and it's as accurate as map M&P 9mm.

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    I had a Shield in 9mm but wound up selling it. The pistol functioned perfectly and was a breeze to carry and conceal. My problem was I just did not shoot the pistol very well, so I decided to send it down the road.
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    I have the LC9. The Shield is easier for me to shoot accurately.
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    I only have about 250 rounds through my Shield, but haven't had one problem yet. I really enjoy shooting it and it carries great.

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    I have about 500-600 rounds through my Shield. My father-in-law bought it initially. I didn't care to much for it after holding it but after I shot it I was really surprised at how well it shot.

    I ended up buying it from him and now carry it almost everyday. I have large hands and added a talon grip and man it's nice. I shot it this weekend and it was hot and the humidity was extremely high. Even with very sweaty hands I was able to run it hard just like a full size pistol. I love mine.

    James Yeager has a few videos on the Shield. He doesn't baby it and runs it for, I'm thinking, 7,000 rounds with no problems. Mine has been flawless as well.

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    I have one as do both my sons and my dad. The only problems we've had were 2 or the 4 had the dot fall out of the front sight.

    As far as shooting, no problems at all but as you mentioned it is a slim gun, shoot it if you can before you make the deal. We love ours but it may not be for you.

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    I am a snub guy but bought a shield, (I usually try most of the new wonder guns) I actually was impressed shoots great fed a whole bunch of different cheap ammo no hiccups. I did have a prob with one of the mags falling out. I called Smith they emailed me a shipping label immediately I sent it in had it back in a week works great. Very good cc I will be keeping this one for awhile. Very easy to cc.
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    I love my Shield. I am a smaller guy with smaller hands so I've never had the grip issues with it that you've had while holding it. Shoots great and a joy to carry. I also have a M&P9c and now that we are in summer weather here, I mostly carry the Shield. Since you had a CW9, I assume you want to go with the 9mm Shield. There have been reports of magazines dropping from the Shield in .40 S&W. Not sure if S&W has fixed the problem. But no reports of issues with the mags in 9mm.

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    My shield 9 has about 300 rounds through it with no ftf or eject problems. So far it eats everything. I did put a new trigger in it, as the stock felt a little "gritty" to me, which helped some, along with some Trijicon night sights. It's hard to choose between the Shield 9 and my XDs .45 for carry, as they're both about the same size. First on the list here at the range for the new XDs 9 that's supposed to be coming out this week!

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    I can shoot my shield as accurately as my Colt govt. @ 10 yards. This is one of those guns that I first hated then REALLY grew on me. I leave the safety down and it has never moved on me so that shouldn't even be considered. I had to send mine to S&W for repair after owning it for a few weeks but it came back a Winner for sure. It really eats any load you can think of, Critical Duty+P, Ranger Sxt 147, Pdx1+p, any FMJ no matter the casing. Recoil is super manageable. The way this gun performs makes me hold it to a higher standard than a single stack subcomp. If you add up the reliability, accuracy and ergos you cant lose. The best part is If you have any problems S&W will send you postage and when you get the pistol back it will be 100%. The Melonite finish is plenty strong I have no sign of wear from my Kydex holster. Also want to mention that my particular gun has an apex sear and aprx 4.5 lb trigger pull. I can dump a mag of +P ammo into a fist sized hole at defensive distances. I recommend staying away from the .40 caliber, it will slow the gun down and make it less fun.

    Mike I think I recommend this gun to you a week or so ago, let me reiterate You cant lose on the shield, If you decide you hate it there will be a 100 guys ready to buy it from you.

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    My .40cal shield shoots great so far but it is still new. I did notice that it is louder than my SD40VE at the range. Shoots like a full size and recoil is comparable to the SD40VE. Yes they are rare out there. I searched for over 3 months for the one I found. The guy behind the counter says he has never seen the .40 cal until he saw the 2 that came in and one of them was mine. Both sold in less than 6 hours. BTW.....They didn't have any 9's in either.
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