I have a shield 45. It is quickly becoming a favorite. At first I thought the sights were off, but after 5 range trips and 900 rounds, the sights are on. I was just holding the gun wrong. I am used to glocks for on duty carry and the thin grip required a slight modification to my grip. Overall it is excellent and has not failed with speer 230 gr GD, AE 230 FMJ or my handloads ranging from 5.1 of W231, 4.4 Bullseye and 5.0 bullseye wih 230 grain fmj. The slide stop was very tight requiring me to slingshot the slide until about 500 rounds. Now either slingshot or using the slide stop to reload works equally as well. Recoil is less than the 40 shield in my opinion. The stippled grip is great and works as well as talon grips. I am still using stock sights, but will probably get trijicon HD once they are availble. It is light weight, slim and easy to shoot. The trigger has lightened from 6#2oz average new to 5# 1 oz average currently. Hopefully the trigger is done breaking in and doesn't get any lighter. Also, I have the model without the manual safety.Anyone carrying one and how do you like it?