Background (long): I know the SP101 is a fine gun and has a very loyal following, and I've read many reviews on this firearm. I've bought and sold many Ruger revolvers in the past and purchased an SP101 .357 2 1/4" several years ago, put it in my gun closet and have left it there since, having never fired it (bought it with the intention of getting my CC license but never did).
Among other shotguns I own, I have a S&W model 66 .357 with a 4" barrel that I have used for home defense and shot sparingly over the last several years. I am now getting my CC licence and intend on carrying a firearm on my person, most of the time. Wearing dress shirts and slacks most days, I intend on using an ankle or IWB holster. I have decided to get active in shooting again and researched heavily the purchase of my first personally owned pistol; a .40 cal M&P, which I bought and will now be my primary home defense weapon.
While buying my M&P 40 I spent quite a bit of time handling a Shield 40 and really liked its fit, feel and finish. Having several friends who own this weapon and use it as their primary carry weapon, I have heard nothing but good feedback from them. Knowing that I will be getting personal opinions here, this is my question; what are your thoughts on selling/trading the SP101 and replacing it with a Shield 40? I understand the revolver vs pistol issues and the general pros and cons of each. If I do go to a compact semi-auto, it will be the Shield because I'd want to keep it as similar to my full size .40 as I can.
I was hoping to hear from someone who has possibly had carry experience with both guns and what you would recommend. General personal experience info on either gun would be appreciated as well. I would like to read some input before I fire the SP101 knowing its value will go down once I put it in use.
Lastly, I have owned strictly revolvers up until the purchase of the M&P a short time ago, and love the feel of both the SP and the Shield, but every time I dry fire that SP and admire it's "linebacker" feel, it makes it harder to consider getting rid of it. I will be ready for a CCW in approximately 2 weeks. (BTW, I live in Florida so please consider in the concealment factor and... keeping the SP and buying the Shield is not an option at this time). Thanks in advance.