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Shopping for a new EDC gun. I'm torn between the Springfield XDs & M&P Shield. Also not sure on what caliber is best to get. Do you guys prefer something with more magazine capacity or more power? Would like to hear some pros & cons from people that actually own or have fired these pistols.
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I'd say that both guns are very good for CC, and at that point it becomes a personal preference, that is subject to "splitting hairs".
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Around where I live he Shield is $180 cheaper than the XDs. I like the way the shield feels in my hand slightly better than the XDs. I bought the Shield in 9mm and I'm very happy, just took forever to find one!
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I have never fired the XDs. But I currently own a Shield. I went with 9mm for a few reasons. I shoot it better than any other caliber. I can cary more rounds than a .40 or .45. And the 9mm is an adequate choice for self defense. The fact if the matter is I can put more rounds downrange faster than my buddy with his .45. And the numbers will prove it takes multiple rounds to stop an attacker. I also went with the Shield because it was easier on the wallet. It has an amazing trigger too. And if you are concerned with the manual safety, I don't even use mine. Its rather redundant on a pistol with a trigger safety.
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+1 on the XDs the 9mm comes with seven shot magazine with 9 round available. Shield 9mm comes with one 6 and one 8 round magazine, largest magazine available 8 rounds. Besides that all other differences are miniscule.
I had a XDS45 it was accurate and easy to carry, I did have some failures with it I sold it, I now have a Shield 9mm and like it. The Shield is accurate and fits my hand well, the trigger is better than I expected, come with two magazines and sells for $400-$450.
I would not hesitate to buy another XDS in 9 mm though.
Hickok45 just did a very thouriugh video comparing the 2 on you tube. You should check it out.
Just MHO I would get the shield. I bought mine in 9mm because I love the 9mm round. More rounds in capacity and more to be put down range. I would not carry a Springfield as a CCW because of the beckstrap safety. The less things that could hinder me in a tactical situation the better. And if your worried about the thumb safety just keep it off. I love my shield. Fits me perfectly, fun to shoot, and easy to conceal. S&W did a great job with this one.
XDs has the better trigger. Shield is the better gun IMO at a much better value. Around here the 9mm versions are back to $399.
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I carry the Shield in 9. I can't think of one thing I don't like about it. I'm sure the XDs is just as good a choice. Every XD pistol I ever shot was great.
Granted, it is on the 9mm...
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