This is a discussion on Ported shield? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; The porting on the pc Shield isn't really decisively a pro or a con in my opinion. The porting does work to a degree but ...
The porting on the pc Shield isn't really decisively a pro or a con in my opinion. The porting does work to a degree but I never found the Shield to be too muzzle flippy. The porting does not cause any flash brighter than the non ported flash - it does cause a predictable v formation flash but it is not bright or blinding by any means. Let's also remember non-ported barrels cause flash albeit more irregularly occuring and just different looking than the ported.
Anyway, I wouldn't buy the PC Shield for the ports, I'd buy it for the trigger and only if I liked fiber optic sights. I would really ignore the ports for most intents and purposes. If I was going into a Shield now I would get the night sighted non-safety model and add an Apex trigger/action enhancement kit. Remember, the PC Shield mandates an external safety. Also, don't forget to augment the grip somehow - it helps on this gun more than you probably realize. (e.g. Talons - Hogue grip cover)
I have a ported 9 and have shot the non ported and I have never regretted buying the PC version. I shoot the PC better but some of that is the trigger feels better.
I have a PC9 and do r have any issues at all.
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