Owners of the S&W Shield in 40

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    Owners of the S&W Shield in 40

    To those of you who own the shield in 40, how is the recoil/snappiness/follow up shots in comparison to a glock 27? I have owned a glock 27 and found it plenty comfortable to shoot, but too thick to carry every day. Just wondering about the shootability and accuracy of the little shield in 40. Thank you for your comparisons.
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    I've heard that the shield is snappy also but don't know for sure, I think that it's going to be subjective with different people.
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    My Shield .40 was pretty snappy. The Glock 27 I rented was less snappy. The HK P2000 .40 I bought is even less snappy, and doesn't feel much different from a 9mm to me. HK uses a double recoil spring system that does a fantastic job of reducing felt recoil.

    I personally don't find the .40 to be objectionable to shoot, even in the Shield. The little Rohrbaugh 9mm pocket rocket I had was twice as bad.
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    My shield 40 feels the same as my glock 19

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    I find my "Shield" more comfortable to shoot but I'm not as accurate with it as with the G27. Guess it would depend more on the size of your hand, I have medium to small hands.
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    I rented a G27 because that was the smallest 40 the range offered. I wanted to see how the 40 recoil would be like in a small platform. It is aggressive. This was used to determine whether or not I wanted a small 40. I ended buying the Shield in 40. Not shooting these side by side only going off of memory, I feel that they are about equal. The only difference I can see is how the grip fills your hand. The G27 filled my hand better. At first I was disappointed that I bought the shield because I could not control it b/c it would slide around in my hand. Once I added a piece of bicycle inner tube to the shield (used two additional strips on the back strap so there are three layers there) that has not been a problem and it is fun to shoot. As far as accuracy, I am amazed at how well it shoots. Good luck!
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    I have trigger time on one. More snappy than a 27, but not much. A group of friends took turns on one on a group range trip, and we were all impressed.

    That's relative, of course. It's still a lot snappier than a Shield 9.
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    I don't think the recoil is bad at all. To me it's just marginally more than the 9mm.
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    So what did you decide?
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    I've never fired a G27 but I've put several hundred rounds through the Shield 40. The Shield was my 3rd run at the caliber, preceded by a Kahr P40 and an HK USP. The muzzle flip of the Shield was noticeably less than the other two. I have no issues with the felt recoil of any of the three but the muzzle flip equates to a longer reacquisition of target. I'm a fan of the Shield, I'm just more of a fan of 45 ACP.

    Good luck.
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    I own both the G27 and the S&W, while not the Shield, I have the M&P 40 Compact. I don't notice the difference in recoil from one to the other. While the S&W is a full 2 ounces heavier than the Glock, they shoot / feel about the same in terms of recoil. They obviously fit your hand differently so there is some perception of difference there.
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    Mine is OK but if I were taking a gun to a class where I was going to shoot a thousand rounds over a couple of days I think I would take something else.

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    I had both the Shield in 40 and the G27 also a PPS in 40. In comparing the recoil both the Shield and PPS 40 were about the same, both pretty snappy, the G27 was more comfortable to shoot. I also found that I was not as accurate with the Shield and PPS as compared to the G27. I did not enjoy shooting the Shield or PPS so I sold both and went to 9mm. Just my opinion, everyone perceives recoil differently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GentlemanJim View Post
    Mine is OK but if I were taking a gun to a class where I was going to shoot a thousand rounds over a couple of days I think I would take something else.

    Jim
    I took my shield to Frontsight for a four handgun course, ended up using 750 rounds. I'm very pleased with the shield. I have 2 shield 9 &40, a G27 and Just purchased G19 Gen 4 and LC9. I will be take all back to frontsight this spring for serveral course and will use all 4. In the meantime I will practice at the local range.

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    I love my Shield in 40

    The grip was just slightly too small for my hands

    I did the cheap bicycle tire tube, and it made it feel perfect


    It also soaks a bit of the recoil
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