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Really like the way the ported shield looks and feels in my hand.. But my question, is this a good gun for carry? I know the shield is good but what about the ported version?
 

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I personally don't like ported barrels. They are louder, and if one is not carful, they may be sprayed with hot gasses escaping from the ports.
 

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I personally don't like ported barrels. They are louder, and if one is not carful, they may be sprayed with hot gasses escaping from the ports.
Does it being ported affect the velocity or power of the bullet /gun? I would think that with the gasses escaping it would have a neg affect to the power and speed.. I mean I'm no expert but that's what I think..
 

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just my opinion, but if your looking to carry it just get the regular shield. i have one and love it, enough said there. my shield looks extremely dirty after a week of carry, i could just imagine where that dirt/lint would go if i had the ported one. plus you have to watch your grip in order not to get gassed, not something your going to be paying attention to in a life or death scenario.
 

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I have one, probably my favorite gun to carry. The recoil is less than the non ported version, the sights are awesome. I have not been sprayed with gunpowder or anything like that. Some people worry about night vision being ruined by ported guns, I don't have that problem myself. Maybe rent one at a range or find somebody that will let you shoot their's then you can decide.
 

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I have one, probably my favorite gun to carry. The recoil is less than the non ported version, the sights are awesome. I have not been sprayed with gunpowder or anything like that. Some people worry about night vision being ruined by ported guns, I don't have that problem myself. Maybe rent one at a range or find somebody that will let you shoot their's then you can decide.
How's the hot gas situation when firing from retention?
 

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I had heard that ported barrels can cause a momentary loss of target, particularly at night. Don't know that it is true but it does stand to reason that the outward flash from the ported muzzle will hinder your ability to acquire your target on the follow-up shot.
 

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I'd just go with a regular Shield for EDC. In a tussle, there is the off chance that a ported barrel could blow back on you if it happened that you were forced into an awkward shooting position. They look cool and I guess there is some recoil advantage? But I am not personally a fan for EDC. I do think it would be a blast (no pun intended) in a low light range session!
 

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I have a Shield 9 and a Shield 40. The 40 is ported. I find no problems with what has been discussed above. I, too, think the escaping gasses would have an affect on velocity but this is probably minor as the ports are so close to the muzzle. I have a CT laser on each: red on the 9 and green on the 40. Never had an issue with follow-up shots.
 

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Thanks everyone I appreciate ur input.. Think I may go with the non ported.. Even though the ported look cool as hell lol
 

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I have a couple ported 1911's. That being said they are relegated to range use only. The port flash is extremely bright in the dark and does cause large white out blindness spots for a second or two in my vision. I personally don't like that and wouldn't consider the marginally lower muzzle flip useful enough to compromise, especially in a 9mm which has such little flip in the first place.
 

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Rather spend my money on a new Shield 45. I don't like the ported barrel on carry a gun.
 

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The Shield is a good (little) pistol. I personally prefer to carry more gun - but for it's size the Shield is arguably at the top of the heap in terms of being easy to shoot well, and being built as a fighting pistol. I don't think that a 9mm pistol needs porting to reduce felt recoil or muzzle flip....but if a shield happens to have ports that would not stop me from purchasing it.
 

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To me, a ported barrel is good for one thing: Easing the recoil of big-bore Six guns.... .460 S&W, 500 S&W, etc.
Doesn't do much for a smaller caliber semi except be loud, and get your hands dirty as hell.
 

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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)
 

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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)
While I agree the flash isn't any brighter, it does pop up right in front of you. This can be and is a problem with me personally. It causes a pretty big burn in, in my vision while shooting in the dark. As always, YMMV
 

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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.
 

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I have a PC9 and do r have any issues at all.
 
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