Just got my first carry weapon - M&P Shield 9mm.

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    Just got my first carry weapon - M&P Shield 9mm.

    Got my CWP a couple of weeks ago and, after lots of research and renting every smaller 9mm I could fine, I rounded my choices down to a Springfield XDS and M&P Shield 9mm. None of the Springfields were available because of the recall so M&P shield it is. Waiting for my holster to arrive before carrying out of the house.

    The weapon I started out with is Glock 17 and I think during testing out the various smaller guns I was more accurate with the Glock 26 but don't want to start out carrying a Glock. Fully understand both sides of the arguments for / against but for me, right now, I want a safety. If I can carry for a year or two and honestly never have a "would have been an ND but for the safety" then I'll revisit that. Meanwhile I have the 9mm Laserlyte cartridge and will drill over and over drawing and releasing the safety using that to check single fire accuracy.

    Bought a Colt 6920 too, but that's a whole different story :)
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    Congrats! I'd sure like one of those. I think you made a good choice, a manual safety makes a lot of sense in some circumstances. Glock folks don't like to talk about it, but there have been a lot of police that have shot themselves in the legs, including SWAT officers and safety trainers. Mistakes happen.

    Just in case you hadn't heard, there was a problem with the drop safety on some Shields, so the company is recommending checking them to see if they need service. The details are on their website.

    http://www.smith-wesson.com/wcsstore...ice%20(PR).pdf
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    Awesome gun... but dont break it like I did mine. I have been waiting for over a week for shipping labels from Smith and Wesson. I have to say their customer service sucks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maxwell97 View Post
    Congrats! I'd sure like one of those. I think you made a good choice, a manual safety makes a lot of sense in some circumstances. Glock folks don't like to talk about it, but there have been a lot of police that have shot themselves in the legs, including SWAT officers and safety trainers. Mistakes happen.

    Just in case you hadn't heard, there was a problem with the drop safety on some Shields, so the company is recommending checking them to see if they need service. The details are on their website.

    http://www.smith-wesson.com/wcsstore...ice%20(PR).pdf
    Thank you very much for posting that, I appreciate it.

    Put my serial number into the page and it says not eligible for this recall. The box also has a 09/07/13 date on it which probably means it was manufactured after 09/22. Gun store didn't have them in last Tuesday then had this on Thursday so it was brand new inventory to them also.

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    Greetings from Richmond/Rosenberg, TX
    Good choice.

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    Congrats! I love my Shield 9mm.

    Good luck manipulating that safety under stress though. The thing is TINY. I can barely operate it with a proper grip on the gun, I can't imagine trying to do it with an attacker bearing down on me.
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    Congratulations on picking up this great gun.

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    Good gun feeds most with no problem, gold dot, sabers, hornady 147 xtp work really well have fired hundreds of rounds of each with not one hiccup. Feeds all fmj range ammo easily

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    Love my Shield .40.
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    hi & had a shield for 2 years now.
    very much like it and the safety is useful
    for loading and charging a round and than holstering.
    I than off the safety till i'm either going to fire the gun or clean it.
    I store my carry guns in their holster loaded and with 2 green rubber bands
    around the grip. cause all guns are always loaded but the rubber bands and
    in a holster means FOR SURE they are loaded and ready for use.

    I find mine to be easy to carry, its thin, accurate and reliable -- no failures in over 2000 rounds.
    I do not unload daily so as not to facilitate set-back and well, ya rather should have something
    at the ready even when you are at home.
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    Congrats, good gun.

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    Comp-Tac Minotaur IWB holster arrived today so now I have no excuses, time to actually start carrying. Wish me luck :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigpapa View Post
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    Excellent choice...and like bigpapa said, we like pictures around here...

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    Congrats. Looking forward to your range report. For instance, whether or not the S&W's trigger is improved.

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