I have a problem: Impulse buying and the Shield 9mm


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meanmrmustard
January 31, 2013, 06:12 PM
I go into the LGS with daddy's little girl (my 3 year old angel) and it is packed. It's truck day, and the owner is hooping and hollering when I walk in: guns, AR and hi cap pistol mags, bullets galore. The atmosphere was insane.

I'm elbow to elbow with the girl, and in the corner of my eye, I spy a blue Smith and Wesson box, one that signifies M&P. I shout, "what's that?!?"

Luckily, he brings it over instead of yelling back...it was a Shield in 9mm...the ccw white whale. The shop phone rings, guy asking if they got a Shield in. Owner says they got ONE, I smile..."you just sold it!"

Actually, its on a short layaway, as I was only there looking with enough to put half down. I held it, fondled it, dry fired it (with permission) and loved it immediately.

Owners: did I screw up? These are hard to come by these days, but are they worth the hype? I've not shot one, hence my thread title.

Please chime in with reviews, info, or bantering as to whether or not I did good.:)

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Hunter991
January 31, 2013, 06:27 PM
I heard good things and your lucky u found one. I ended up with a kahr cw9 instead because I can't find a shield anywhere. I love the cw9 but the shield is good from what I hear.

meanmrmustard
January 31, 2013, 06:29 PM
I heard good things and your lucky u found one. I ended up with a kahr cw9 instead because I can't find a shield anywhere. I love the cw9 but the shield is good from what I hear.
I've heard this as well.

I love the triggers on both, but I couldn't help it.

Have you shot the Shield?

dbb1776
January 31, 2013, 06:33 PM
Got one love it. Me and my wife shoot it very well. Done good

NYGlock
January 31, 2013, 06:57 PM
I've got the 40 and love it. Carries great and the trigger is almost as good as the glock.

meanmrmustard
January 31, 2013, 07:03 PM
Not that it matters at this point, but I'm seeing them go from $550 up to $700+, and folks are actually buying them

Mines $450, NIB with two mags, OTD.:D

leadchucker
January 31, 2013, 07:19 PM
The M&P Shield is the finest compact concealed carry pistol out there, bar none. That's the main reason that S&W can't satisfy market demand for them.

That's a very decent price, considering.

xjsnake
January 31, 2013, 07:33 PM
I want one but can afford to wait till the fervor dies down

Downeast
January 31, 2013, 07:38 PM
I also have one in 9mm and I am willing to bet this is one impulse buy you won't regret :D

meanmrmustard
January 31, 2013, 07:41 PM
I also have one in 9mm and I am willing to bet this is one impulse buy you won't regret :D
Thank you, I'm hearing I did well. I don't usually impulse buy...until today.

Any negative?

Downeast
January 31, 2013, 08:14 PM
No negatives for me. I had an LC9 for ccw that I never could warm up to. Haven't had that problem with the Shield.

rust collector
January 31, 2013, 08:25 PM
That snatched one up the first time I cast eyes upon it. That was 6 months ago, and I haven't seen any more show up at my LGS since.

I enjoy shooting the little monster, and with about 800 rounds through it, I have not had a problem. The trigger took a bit of adjustment, and I like the longer grip. Haven't found a holster I like, though.

I usually try not to pick up an early specimen. May have gotten away with it this time. No buyer's remorse here. Good gun.

meanmrmustard
January 31, 2013, 08:49 PM
That snatched one up the first time I cast eyes upon it. That was 6 months ago, and I haven't seen any more show up at my LGS since.

I enjoy shooting the little monster, and with about 800 rounds through it, I have not had a problem. The trigger took a bit of adjustment, and I like the longer grip. Haven't found a holster I like, though.

I usually try not to pick up an early specimen. May have gotten away with it this time. No buyer's remorse here. Good gun.
This one got to the shop AFTER I did.

I really dig the trigger, nice for a DAO.

meanmrmustard
January 31, 2013, 08:50 PM
I want one but can afford to wait till the fervor dies down
I'm astonished why there is a fervor to begin with. I mean, it feels great, bet it carries like a dream...but what makes it so sought after?

xjsnake
January 31, 2013, 09:59 PM
I'm astonished why there is a fervor to begin with. I mean, it feels great, bet it carries like a dream...but what makes it so sought after?
Honestly not sure. For me it felt great in the hand. Not good like my other pistols but absolutely great. Sadly I didn't have the cash at the time I got to fondle one.

dbb1776
January 31, 2013, 10:20 PM
I think it has the best ergonomics in its class. It's slimmer than your doublestacked compacts. Better trigger than LC9. Accurate. Don't want to sound like a fanboy but I compared it to several CC weapons before buying. I bought it for my wife's Christmas present.

hAkron
January 31, 2013, 10:24 PM
I'm not a big M&P semi auto fan...I want to qualify this statement -- I'm sure they are great guns, they just don't do a whole lot for me...who knows, maybe one day they will grow on me. Having said that, there is something intriguing about the shield.

Sounds like you got a great deal on it too! Congrats man.

khegglie
February 1, 2013, 01:05 AM
There were 32 in the shop...I got the last one(a .40) when a guy brought 2 a nine and a .40. :what:

pdosh
February 1, 2013, 01:29 AM
You'll love it. I have one too, but you might lose the white dot in the front site. Mine came out a couple of weeks ago.
Smith has a problem there. I have a compact and same thing. the would replace the sites no problem but I don't want to be without them that long.

I've shot mine twice now in local club IDPA match and I'm not the only one. I didn't do too bad even with a small gun with less rounds.

Extra mags were hard to find last fall, probably next to impossible now.

Good purchase! I've you don't love it, sell it and should probably get your money back.

NYGlock
February 1, 2013, 04:28 AM
I agree with @pdosh on the front sight post issue. My dot fell out the first range session. LGS wanted to send it back to S&W. I called S&W and spoke with a tech and he recommended a drop of white nail polish from the end of a toothpick would do the trick. It did.

If there is a negative, I think it is the fact that it has a safety. It is tough to operate and I don't like safeties, so I don't use it. I also don't like the extended magazine much, so I traded mine for the short one with someone who prefers the standard.

leadchucker
February 1, 2013, 09:41 AM
The Shield is not a DAO. It is striker fired, and it fires from a fully cocked position.

That trigger is light enough. The safety is needed. However, it is unobtrusive. If you don't like it, don't use it.

vba
February 1, 2013, 10:48 AM
Well, I compared the Kahr CM9 to the Shield and walked out with the former. As the CM9 is the same barrel length but smaller pistol

Just One Shot
February 1, 2013, 11:15 AM
Had the 9mm and got rid of it but I have the .40 hanging on my hip as I type this. It's a great gun very accurate for such a short barrel and very easy to conceal. Enjoy it, others will no doubt be tempting you with more cash than you paid to try and pry it from you. :)

viking499
February 1, 2013, 11:35 AM
Just one Shot, just upgrade from 9 to 40, or was there something wrong with the 9?

<*(((><
February 1, 2013, 11:46 AM
I have an M&P Shield .40 for my daily carry. I was a little apprehensive getting the .40 in such a small frame, but I'm glad I did. I prefer the .40 cal cartridge to the 9mm, personal preference.

It is surprisingly easy to shoot and get back on target, I haven't tried the 9mm Shield but I'm sure its a great shooter as well.

One thing to watch for all those Shield owners out there, is that the early release of them they had problems with the extended magazine dropping out. Smith & Wesson has a fix for this, I believe it is a more substantial magazine catch than what came stock. I believe this only affected the extended magazine due to the increased magazine spring pressure against the latch. So if you are experiencing this problem, let them know and they will send a shipping request and get it fixed for you.

Evil One
February 1, 2013, 11:50 AM
Picked up a .40 for my wife... she LOVES it.
I shot it, and now am #2 on the list for the next ones into my LGS.


Jim

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340PD
February 1, 2013, 11:57 AM
I have owned a 9mm for about 9 months. Great gun. I have an Apex hard sear, Talon grips, and Ameriglo i-Dot sights. Perfect gun for instructing and carry. Everyone that shoots it wants one.

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t320/gnystrom_photos/Shieldside_zpsb250833b.jpg

mooner
February 1, 2013, 12:19 PM
I really like the full size and compact M&P that I have. The shield felt ok, but it felt too narrow (that's the point, I know). Even my J frame seems to fit my hand better, maybe its the curves on it.

Also I am really not a fan of the safety. The full size and compact have a very similar trigger and are available without the safety - same with Glock et al. If I am carrying the gun, the holster is the safety.

I would probably go with the Kahr if I was getting a tiny 9 - we will see.

meanmrmustard
February 1, 2013, 05:50 PM
I have owned a 9mm for about 9 months. Great gun. I have an Apex hard sear, Talon grips, and Ameriglo i-Dot sights. Perfect gun for instructing and carry. Everyone that shoots it wants one.

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t320/gnystrom_photos/Shieldside_zpsb250833b.jpg
Where did you purchase the sights from? I was thinking of Big Dots.

Edit to Add: XS, duh. That's prolly what mine will wear when I finally get it.

breakingcontact
February 1, 2013, 06:34 PM
This should be renamed: "the official Shield love thread".

Wow.

It is an excellent gun. Thin, light, good sights and a nice trigger.

I'd like to see one in 45. Not interested in 40 Cal.

Regarding the safety, I like it. If a guy doesn't, it will stay off if you don't like it.

okc-zee
February 1, 2013, 06:39 PM
I was fortunate to walk into LGS the first day they were out...He had just gotten three there in 9mm.. He sold one immediately,I bought the second right after that sale,and he took the third one home himself...he hasn't had any since...I love it...You won't regret it...

cowtownup
February 1, 2013, 06:47 PM
Whats the going price on one of these in 40 caliber right now?

meanmrmustard
February 1, 2013, 07:01 PM
Whats the going price on one of these in 40 caliber right now?
Between $100-150 above nominal retail, even more so for the 9.

If you find either, at a decent price, snatch it up.

breakingcontact
February 1, 2013, 07:04 PM
Post over on the S&W forum. I was directed to an LGS that had one for a reasonable price there.

meanmrmustard
February 1, 2013, 07:13 PM
This should be renamed: "the official Shield love thread".

Wow.

It is an excellent gun. Thin, light, good sights and a nice trigger.

I'd like to see one in 45. Not interested in 40 Cal.

Regarding the safety, I like it. If a guy doesn't, it will stay off if you don't like it.
If they can make it in .40, .45 seems like it needs to happen sooner rather than later.

I don't like .40 in a small gun, just the way I am.

leadchucker
February 1, 2013, 08:11 PM
Whats the going price on one of these in 40 caliber right now?

MSRP is $449. Consider yourself lucky if you get it for that.

meanmrmustard
February 1, 2013, 08:24 PM
MSRP is $449. Consider yourself lucky if you get it for that.
Ok, I'm lucky.

I don't see why they are jumping in price, none of the M&P line is other than the 15s. So...I'm confused why a sub-$500 gun is suddenly going for 20-30% more?

I realize supply and demand drives market, but I mean I got the hairy eyeball from fellow patrons in the shop yesterday when my name got put on it and it got stashed for me.

Seventhsword
February 1, 2013, 08:29 PM
Paid $389 for mine @ Academy Sports. I was talking to one of the employees @ the gun counter when the delivery came in. He just smiled and said you were wanting one of these weren't you?:D

Got my Springfield XDs pretty much the same way.

meanmrmustard
February 1, 2013, 08:30 PM
Paid $389 for mine @ Academy Sports. I was talking to one of the employees @ the gun counter when the delivery came in. He just smiled and said you were wanting one of these weren't you?:D

Got my Springfield XDs pretty much the same way.
When was this?

Alnamvet68
February 1, 2013, 08:41 PM
I too was at my local LGS, looking to buy a sub-compact auto in .40 S&W or .45 ACP, to compliment my cadre of J frames, when I saw the Shield in the case. Cursory inspection led me to think it was what I was looking for, until the owner said to look at the Walther PPS, and the SA XDs .45 ACP, since they all were of similar purpose, size, and design.

My initial impressions of the Shield went by the wayside when I picked up the Walther PPS...it was like night and day when it came to fit, finish, aesthetics, and features. The PPS was essentially, and for all intents and purposes, the same size and weight as the Shield. The Walther had an accessory Picatinny rail, and the Shield did not. The Walther had the Tennifer finish, while the Shield had the Melonite, which as far as I'm concerned, is not only not the same as the Tennifer, but not as durable and wear resistant as Tennifer. The Shield had what I felt was a cheesy stippling on the grip, similar to what I have found on cheaply done 1911 grips who's owners were too cheap to pay for a proper checkering job, while the Walther's molded in grip surfaces were tactfully and tastefully done...delicious tacticool, if you will.;)

Now for the SA XDs...what can I say, again, near in size and weight of the Walther and Shield, and a viable alternative for those who want to pocket a potent larger then a 9 mm bore semi-auto. The fit, finish, aesthetics were good, again, it too was finished in melonite, and it had the advantage of a more readily available and probably cheaper big bore round. So, what's not to like...well, I've never been a fan of firearms manufactured in countries who don't have a very long history in the manufacture of notable firearms, Croatia, or the former Yugoslav republic does not have a firearm that I can think of that is on my must collect list. Yes, they have a very modern and sophisticated CAD/CAM factory built and paid for bt Springfield, who btw, do not manufacture this pistol, but simply roll mark their name on it and market it as a Springfield. Why even the name Springfield Armory, while evoking memories of one of several gun manufacturers to build the M1911, they don't build their 1911's here, but have Embel in Brazil do it for them.

Bottom line, I chose the Walther PPS because it just looked and felt better in my hand...it was about $150.00 more then the Shield, but it was readily apparent why. The SA XDs, for all its positives just didn't do it for me, and I suspect it had everything to do with where it was manufactured.

That's my take on these sub compact pocket pistols, and I'm sticking to it. :)

meanmrmustard
February 1, 2013, 08:52 PM
I too was at my local LGS, looking to buy a sub-compact auto in .40 S&W or .45 ACP, to compliment my cadre of J frames, when I saw the Shield in the case. Cursory inspection led me to think it was what I was looking for, until the owner said to look at the Walther PPS, and the SA XDs .45 ACP, since they all were of similar purpose, size, and design.

My initial impressions of the Shield went by the wayside when I picked up the Walther PPS...it was like night and day when it came to fit, finish, aesthetics, and features. The PPS was essentially, and for all intents and purposes, the same size and weight as the Shield. The Walther had an accessory Picatinny rail, and the Shield did not. The Walther had the Tennifer finish, while the Shield had the Melonite, which as far as I'm concerned, is not only not the same as the Tennifer, but not as durable and wear resistant as Tennifer. The Shield had what I felt was a cheesy stippling on the grip, similar to what I have found on cheaply done 1911 grips who's owners were too cheap to pay for a proper checkering job, while the Walther's molded in grip surfaces were tactfully and tastefully done...delicious tacticool, if you will.;)

Now for the SA XDs...what can I say, again, near in size and weight of the Walther and Shield, and a viable alternative for those who want to pocket a potent larger then a 9 mm bore semi-auto. The fit, finish, aesthetics were good, again, it too was finished in melonite, and it had the advantage of a more readily available and probably cheaper big bore round. So, what's not to like...well, I've never been a fan of firearms manufactured in countries who don't have a very long history in the manufacture of notable firearms, Croatia, or the former Yugoslav republic does not have a firearm that I can think of that is on my must collect list. Yes, they have a very modern and sophisticated CAD/CAM factory built and paid for bt Springfield, who btw, do not manufacture this pistol, but simply roll mark their name on it and market it as a Springfield. Why even the name Springfield Armory, while evoking memories of one of several gun manufacturers to build the M1911, they don't build their 1911's here, but have Embel in Brazil do it for them.

Bottom line, I chose the Walther PPS because it just looked and felt better in my hand...it was about $150.00 more then the Shield, but it was readily apparent why. The SA XDs, for all its positives just didn't do it for me, and I suspect it had everything to do with where it was manufactured.

That's my take on these sub compact pocket pistols, and I'm sticking to it. :)
Thanks for the chime.

Melonite, in my experience, is really no different than tenifer. I have Glocks and the M&P Sport, either with many thousands of rounds through them. Neither are worn any more than the other, and the AR sees more use and assembly/disassembly. I feel either treatment is sublime.

As for the PPS: I've held, dry fired, but never shot one. I do not like them, and I don't see them as a front runner in the single stack market. The bore axis is high, it feels blocky, and has a less audible reset than the Shield or Kahr. While not a bad trigger, IMO not as crisp as the two aforementioned pistols. Also, I don't dig the flipper mag release.

Plus, was a considerable amount more for it than either Shield or say, PM9. At near $600, I'm in the ballpark of compact frame, double stack guns. At $449, I can't honestly think of, heard of, or have read about why the purchase isn't justifiable. Compared to Kahr, whose been in the ultra compact market makes what others are compared to. The Shield is on par and has a slightly longer sight radius, but I'm just not a fan of the PPS. I'm glad you enjoy yours, though.

Seventhsword
February 1, 2013, 08:54 PM
When was this?

Back in November..

meanmrmustard
February 1, 2013, 08:58 PM
Back in November..
I lived in Tx for a while, didn't know they had Academy down there.

Seventhsword
February 1, 2013, 08:59 PM
I lived in Tx for a while, didn't know they had Academy down there.
Yeah, they are all over. They are still selling AR's @ normal prices too. I think They got 5 or 6 in this morning while I was browsing today...

meanmrmustard
February 1, 2013, 09:01 PM
Yeah, they are all over. They are still selling AR's @ normal prices too. I think They got 5 or 6 in this morning while I was browsing today...
Hmmm...still has ARs at normal price...

You have one nearby...

Sounds like rubbing it in!

Seventhsword
February 1, 2013, 09:03 PM
Hmmm...still has ARs at normal price...

You have one nearby...

Sounds like rubbing it in!
LOL, about a mile. I'm there alot. To get an AR you have to get there early. People line up before the store even opens to grab them..

FMF Doc
February 1, 2013, 09:41 PM
You made the right choice. I like my glocks, but I LOVE my shield!

DAdams
February 1, 2013, 10:03 PM
XDs was introduced at the Shot Show in 9mm.

wriggly
February 1, 2013, 11:46 PM
I bought a Shield, an XDs and a PM9 all within a two week period. The shield was nice, but it was the first one sold. The XDs is a little nicer, it is sold and being delivered to its new owner on Sunday. The PM9 will be sticking around. :D

I wish Sig made a polymer framed 239. Oh, by the way, if you have not tried Talon grips, do so. They make a world of difference.

tarosean
February 1, 2013, 11:48 PM
Its only a "problem" if your taking food off the table.. Otherwise its perfectly acceptable to buy right there and now or it may not be there when you return.

meanmrmustard
February 2, 2013, 05:23 AM
You made the right choice. I like my glocks, but I LOVE my shield!
I too enjoy a good Glock, but I've had several opportunities to pick this lil guy up and passed. Next you know, can't find one.

It's the luckiest visit I've had to the LGS in a year.

meanmrmustard
February 2, 2013, 05:24 AM
Its only a "problem" if your taking food off the table.. Otherwise its perfectly acceptable to buy right there and now or it may not be there when you return.
It's on layaway. It's not going anywhere. I like your reasoning though, however my fiancÚ hates it!

I'm getting the gun, Talon grips, and XS Big Dots all at same time.

Now, about that ammo...

meanmrmustard
February 2, 2013, 05:29 AM
I bought a Shield, an XDs and a PM9 all within a two week period. The shield was nice, but it was the first one sold. The XDs is a little nicer, it is sold and being delivered to its new owner on Sunday. The PM9 will be sticking around. :D

I wish Sig made a polymer framed 239. Oh, by the way, if you have not tried Talon grips, do so. They make a world of difference.
Congrats on your purchase, exciting.

I do not like ANY XD, s or otherwise. I am a staunch advocate of the lowest possible bore axis, and that grip safeties belong on 1911, and even then I still don't care for them. Many of my companions own XDs in one form or another. They like em just fine.

PM9s are indeed very nice. I will own another one day.

I did look at Talons, and think ill be getting the Rubber ones for sure.

meanmrmustard
February 2, 2013, 09:52 PM
What accuracy are you owners having at longer ranges,m10-25 yards?

My LGS owner thought I was stupid for asking what used Shields go for; his reaction: "What used Shield?"

KTXdm9
February 2, 2013, 10:01 PM
Congrats, I'm a big fan of mine. I really wanted a single stack 9mm for my CCW. Nice trigger out of the box.

meanmrmustard
February 2, 2013, 11:50 PM
Congrats, I'm a big fan of mine. I really wanted a single stack 9mm for my CCW. Nice trigger out of the box.
Cool, I'm glad you're a fan. What accuracy are you getting?

meanmrmustard
February 3, 2013, 01:12 AM
The Talons are on the way, well before the gun gets here.

tarosean
February 3, 2013, 02:24 AM
I lived in Tx for a while, didn't know they had Academy down there.

They are from TX, headquartered in Katy (outside Houston)...

KTXdm9
February 3, 2013, 08:57 PM
Cool, I'm glad you're a fan. What accuracy are you getting?
I don't typically shoot my ccw out to 25 yards, but it's as accurate as any other pistol I own. I just ordered a Pachmayr grip glove, so I'm thinking that will enhance the grip a bit.

meanmrmustard
February 3, 2013, 09:50 PM
I don't typically shoot my ccw out to 25 yards, but it's as accurate as any other pistol I own. I just ordered a Pachmayr grip glove, so I'm thinking that will enhance the grip a bit.
Cool. I ordered the Rubber Talon grips.

They'll be here before the gun.

How's your double tap?

clem629
February 13, 2013, 08:38 PM
Congrats on the new Shield. I have had one for about eight months now and it has become my favorite CC piece. Light,
accurate, comes with 2 mags, great trigger and best of all 650 rounds of various ball and HP ammo and not one hiccup.

Just One Shot
February 14, 2013, 03:33 PM
Just one Shot, just upgrade from 9 to 40, or was there something wrong with the 9?

Not a thing wrong with the 9mm. I traded it back to the guy I got it from because he was having regrets on letting it go and he had another gun I wanted in .45 acp.

Alot of guys seem to be recoil sensitive when it comes to small guns in anything larger than 9mm but the .40 has not been an issue for me. The little Shield in .40 shoots and handles better than the Keltec PF11 9mm a brother at church owns.

Now if they would hurry up and make one up in the .45 acp they would have something really special!

1whobuys
February 14, 2013, 10:07 PM
How is the Shield next to the Solo?
A buddy of mine just handed me a Solo a couple of months ago, I have never shot it but it feels great.

khegglie
February 16, 2013, 08:58 AM
Had the front sight dot dissapear at my last range session with my .40 Shield.
The nail polish trick is working well as a replacement.
I pocket carry a Kel Tec PF9 slightly more because it weighs slightly less.

meanmrmustard
February 16, 2013, 09:56 AM
Had the front sight dot dissapear at my last range session with my .40 Shield.
The nail polish trick is working well as a replacement.
I pocket carry a Kel Tec PF9 slightly more because it weighs slightly less.
I haven't had mine fall off yet.

Maybe the .40 recoil pops it out?

meanmrmustard
February 16, 2013, 10:01 AM
How is the Shield next to the Solo?
A buddy of mine just handed me a Solo a couple of months ago, I have never shot it but it feels great.
I've no experience with the Solo.

Perhaps someone else can compare?

Racinfan83
February 16, 2013, 10:28 AM
Great impulse buy! I ordered mine day after the NRA convention. Love it! Would buy another instantly if I saw it in a store...

BamAlmighty
February 16, 2013, 11:51 AM
I wish I could find one to impulse buy.

meanmrmustard
February 16, 2013, 12:02 PM
I wish I could find one to impulse buy.
With S&W taking three weeks of during X-mas, they're behind. Things will catch up, and you'll find one soon I bet.

Racinfan83
February 16, 2013, 08:23 PM
I know there is a page of "waiting list" at my LGS for them and he hasn't seen one in a while.... I was first on his list back in April and it took 3 -4 weeks before he got one for me. He has them ordered - just not getting any in....:(

meanmrmustard
February 17, 2013, 05:56 AM
I know there is a page of "waiting list" at my LGS for them and he hasn't seen one in a while.... I was first on his list back in April and it took 3 -4 weeks before he got one for me. He has them ordered - just not getting any in....:(
Mine was NIB, just delivered. I'd passed the gun up several times, but knew I may have to wait a good while for another chance.

Going to try reloads in it today.

Matno
February 17, 2013, 01:31 PM
The Shield is terrible. Now would all of you please stop buying them so I can get one?! Walked in to Sportsman's Warehouse one day and they had just gotten 20 in (10 of each caliber). Unfortunately, it was the day BEFORE payday! The next day I had $10k in my account but they were out of stock! I did text my dad immediately, and he was able to pick up the last one that same day. I shot it yesterday for the first time - what a pleasant gun to shoot! (40 cal). First group off hand was 4" at 25 yards, perfectly centered. (Although for some reason, my dad was hitting about a foot low and a foot left at the same distance). Double taps were easy too...

meanmrmustard
February 17, 2013, 04:03 PM
The Shield ate my reloads.

115 gr. Hornady in front of 4.8 gr of Hodgdon HP38:)

meanmrmustard
February 18, 2013, 06:59 AM
This is one exemption from what they say that impulse buying (http://personalmoneynetwork.com/moneyblog/2013/02/13/impulse-buying-hooks/) ends you up regretting. Lucky for you to have found one.
Thank you, and welcome to THR.

meanmrmustard
February 18, 2013, 07:00 AM
The Shield is terrible. Now would all of you please stop buying them so I can get one?! Walked in to Sportsman's Warehouse one day and they had just gotten 20 in (10 of each caliber). Unfortunately, it was the day BEFORE payday! The next day I had $10k in my account but they were out of stock! I did text my dad immediately, and he was able to pick up the last one that same day. I shot it yesterday for the first time - what a pleasant gun to shoot! (40 cal). First group off hand was 4" at 25 yards, perfectly centered. (Although for some reason, my dad was hitting about a foot low and a foot left at the same distance). Double taps were easy too...
Low and left?

That sounds like pulling rather than squeezing the trigger.

Matno
February 18, 2013, 07:18 AM
Yep. I stood behind and watched. The pulling was pretty obvious. I was kind of surprised since he's been an avid shooter/hunter his whole life, including expert marksman in the military. Must be "rusty." I'll have to get him to practice more! (I've been out of the state for 12 years, but now I'm back and ready to shoot as much as possible!)

meanmrmustard
February 18, 2013, 05:25 PM
Yep. I stood behind and watched. The pulling was pretty obvious. I was kind of surprised since he's been an avid shooter/hunter his whole life, including expert marksman in the military. Must be "rusty." I'll have to get him to practice more! (I've been out of the state for 12 years, but now I'm back and ready to shoot as much as possible!)
Glad to have you back!

I find the Shield to have a "surprise" break: something I find that attributes to the accuracy of this lil guy!

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