M&P Compact, Glock 26 or Shield


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viking499
September 25, 2013, 08:54 AM
Looking for a small, compact pistol. Looking at the 3 listed above because i like the way they feel in my hand. Handled some others, but narrowed it down to these 3 choices. Have handled the Compact, but not the other 2.

Can anyone who have handled at least 2 of these compare them for me? which did/do you like best.

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hardluk1
September 25, 2013, 12:22 PM
I have shoot all three and owned 2 of them Still have the m&p9c. Well its my wifes.

First the shield is really in a different class. Smaller and lighter all around. Much closer to a kahr cw/p 9 in weight size and capacity. Both the m&p model may need some apex trigger improvments but the price is so much lower compared to a glock its justifiable if needed.

I like the glock 19 but not the 26. For a some what small pistol it just does not fit ME right but many do like them. I do like the m&p9c very much. Accurate ,easy to shoot and for my wife I added a apex kit to it and ohhh what a nice trigger with the kit. same for the shield.

Like I tell most people that ask (What should I buy) YOU MOST MAKE THE CHOICE. You are the one that has to live with it. Both can run great both will turn out a turd once in a while too. That's what CS is for , right. If you lean toward the shield then look at a the kahr cw9 too.

good luck with your choice.

fastbolt
September 25, 2013, 01:55 PM
Difficult to impossible to figure it out until you're shooting representative examples for yourself on a range. Handling them at a gun store counter only tells how they feel when not being fired. Felt recoil is subjective, and it's not unusual for how someone experiences controllability to change an opinion.

I own a M&P 40c, but have fired a number of 9c's.

I own a couple of G26's and a G27.

I've handled and fired the Shield 9 & 40.

The 9c is really controllable and nicely balanced. The 40c requires more effort and practice (as with most .40's compared to similar 9's).

The Shield 9 & 40 were a very pleasant surprise. The Shield 9 is rather thin in the hand, but it handles very nicely under live fire. It's balance was a bit quicker than my well-used and slightly heavier 3913, but it was just as controllable. Very accurate, even in a number of fast-paced drills running out to 10+ yds. Nice. If I didn't already own a number of very nice compact/subcompact 9's, I'd have already ordered one.

The G26's are good. A bit thick and chunky, but good for their intended purpose. Controllable. I prefer the revolver-shaped curved triggers of the M&P series guns (which includes the Shield), but the little Glock 9/.40's can be run fast, hard & well with practice.

The Shield 9 is the slimmest of the bunch, but even so, its grip design, overall handling and controllability make it a very attractive subcompact 9. Some folks have expressed an opinion that the Shield is almost too thin in the grip frame. (Which is why a prospective buyer would probably benefit from looking around to rent one and try it on a range. to make sure its felt recoil & handling characteristics under live fire are suitable to the buyer's desires, experience and skillset.)

I'm also an armorer for the Glock and M&P series, although last I heard they haven't gotten the additional material for the Shield included in the M&P armorer manual. Maybe by the time I have to get my next armorer recert it'll be approved and included in the class.

As an armorer I like many things about the guns mentioned.

Teachu2
September 25, 2013, 02:20 PM
I own all three, and had a Ruger LC9 as well. I shoot the G26 best, the wife strongly prefers the M&P 9c, and the Shield is the easiest to conceal. The Shield is also both of our second choices. The narrower grip produces more felt recoil.

Too bad you're not here - I'd let you shoot 'em all back-to-back.

Bobson
September 25, 2013, 02:24 PM
Looking at the 3 listed above because i like the way they feel in my hand. Handled some others, but narrowed it down to these 3 choices. Have handled the Compact, but not the other 2.
What am I missing?

The M&Pc is most comfortable in my hand. I'd rather have the G26 than the others.

viking499
September 25, 2013, 03:50 PM
What am I missing?

The M&Pc is most comfortable in my hand. I'd rather have the G26 than the others.

Handled all three at the LGS the other day, but have only fired the M&Pc before.

viking499
September 25, 2013, 03:51 PM
I own all three, and had a Ruger LC9 as well. I shoot the G26 best, the wife strongly prefers the M&P 9c, and the Shield is the easiest to conceal. The Shield is also both of our second choices. The narrower grip produces more felt recoil.

Too bad you're not here - I'd let you shoot 'em all back-to-back.

Thanks for the offer. But I could probably buy all three cheaper than I could travel to the west coast.

ForumSurfer
September 25, 2013, 04:14 PM
I've tried the g26, xds9 and m7p 9c. Here's a short review:

All: Spectacular and accurate.
None: None came with sight like I like. (Warren Tactical style with all black rear or just a single tritium dot in the rear and one up front...or heinie straight 8's)

g26: Perfect size but needs a diet. On my slim frame, a g19 carries just as easily....including appendix carry.

m&p: Seemed even bigger than the g26. I felt like the trigger was terrible. Couldn't have it without an apex kit.

xds9: Awesome for what it is...a single stack 9. Great trigger. Great sights (although not night sights). Stinks that it's at SA getting the recall fixed, but hats off to SA for standing by their product. Especially in my case as I am the second owner! If this were 10+ years ago, no recall would be issued. These days even Colt issues recalls. I'm not sure if it is to avoid litigation or if the internet spreads remote stories around the world over night and they just want to maintain integrity.

In the end...well I don't prefer any of them. I'd rather have an officer's 1911 honestly. If I just had to carry one of those 3, it would be the xds.

okc-zee
September 25, 2013, 05:09 PM
Own both an M&P9c and a 9mm shield...Both awesome...either one a winner...Have carried both...Currently carrying the shield...Shield is just a bit smaller and thinner which I like...Can't go wrong with either...

Hunter991
September 25, 2013, 08:07 PM
Really like my shield. Very good ergo's. Liked my xds to but I don't even know what it feels like haven't seen it in 4 weeks and probably won't for another 8 weeks due to the recall. Can u tell I am bitter? Shield is my new goto and will carry it going forward. Fk SA!

ForumSurfer
September 25, 2013, 09:41 PM
There's a shield recall, too. Happens to the best of them these days.

http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Category1_750001_750051_791654_-1_757978_757978

Not trying to post a smart reply, but that could be handy info. :)

Hunter991
September 26, 2013, 08:11 AM
Most shields however weren't affected and the ones that we're were handled quickly from what I heard.

dab102999
September 26, 2013, 08:20 AM
Most shields however weren't affected and the ones that we're were handled quickly from what I heard.
Also even though it is referred to as a recall you can easily see if gun is affected by yourself without sending it in. I have two compacts and two shields. All in 9mm. I prefer to carry the shield and so does my wife. I also think the shield has a touch more precieved recoil but not enough to sway a decision for me. I have never shot a glock so can not help you there. Also as stated the shield really is in a different class. Both in size and round count.

wally
September 26, 2013, 09:56 AM
If you want more magazines than come with the pistol, I'd have to recommend the Glock at present. M&P mags (except .45 ACP) have been near unobtainium for far too long, approaching worse than FNP-45 mags :(

In more normal times I'd recommend the M&P because the interchangeable back straps let you adjust the fit and you have a choice of double or single stack guns.

While the Gen4 Glock have changeable inserts, the smallest is only marginally smaller than the Gen3, although it made a world of difference for me. YMMV.

Madcap_Magician
September 26, 2013, 10:06 AM
The M&P9c and the Shield are equally easy to shoot for me. I prefer both over the Glock 26... unless you put a +0 Pearce extension on it for a full grip. Then it's a wash. Without it, the grip on the 26 is too blocky for a two-finger grip.

I carry both a 19 and a Shield, so I'm not really biased toward one platform or another.

ForumSurfer
September 26, 2013, 10:13 AM
The apparent m&p magazine shortage is something to consider if you plan on any competition.

TUBBY1
September 26, 2013, 11:17 AM
Shield 40 is all I have but will recommend it readily. Nice weapon.

breakingcontact
September 26, 2013, 11:52 PM
Don't know about Glocks.

Do know that the Shield carries like a relatively small gun and shoots like a larger gun. Shield triggers are typically much better than the M&P Compact too.

MagnunJoe
September 27, 2013, 12:08 AM
I prefer the G-26. For some odd reason, I shoot the G-26 more accurately than my G-19 or just about any other full size pistol.

powder
September 27, 2013, 12:25 AM
G19. Also takes G17 mags in a pinch.

Teachu2
September 27, 2013, 12:40 AM
Seems to be a matter of personal preference, doesn't it? All three are quality weapons, and all three have folks that prefer them.

You can narrow the field slightly if you know what's most important to you. I live in CA, so my effective limit is 10+1 capacity - which is why a larger capacity isn't attractive. If I were in NY, the Shield would be higher on the list...and I'd practice with it until I could shoot it like I shoot my G26. I'm a big guy, and concealing a double-stack gun isn't too hard for me...but there are times when it's worth giving up a few rounds to avoid an extra bulge in my suit.

I carry the G26 because I shoot it better than the others. The next guy may carry a 9c because HE shoots IT better, and the guy after him might prefer a Shield. Another may want a LC9, and someone else says that's too big and want a LCP. An LCP in the pocket is better than a 1911 sitting home in the safe - but I can carry more, so I do.

KYamateur
September 27, 2013, 12:45 AM
I have owned all three. For the purpose of having a compact gun the Shield wins hands down. All are good guns but the Shield is truly compact. The others are bulky in comparison. I like the M&Pc, but the Glock 26 isn't much smaller than the 19, and in my opinion the 19 shoots better. I have fired over 500 trouble free rounds (FMJ and HP) out of my shield now. Pictured is a target from ten yards or so firing as fast as I could aquire the target with my shield. It is good enough for me to get the job done.

http://i1350.photobucket.com/albums/p778/jreed576/target_zpse3cab002.jpg (http://s1350.photobucket.com/user/jreed576/media/target_zpse3cab002.jpg.html)
http://i1350.photobucket.com/albums/p778/jreed576/shield_zps64f03fbd.jpg (http://s1350.photobucket.com/user/jreed576/media/shield_zps64f03fbd.jpg.html)

TahoeDust
September 27, 2013, 01:38 AM
Pretty nice Shooting KY. My Shield makes some targets that look a lot like yours.


I have handled and shot all three. When I bought my Shield I cross shopped the G26 and MP9c. I was not a big fan of the feel of the Glock and decided I liked the ease of concealment and carry the Shield offered over the MP9c.

Inebriated
September 27, 2013, 02:26 AM
Feel means very little in regards to how you shoot the gun. Buy whichever you shoot best.

For me, that's the G26. For you, it may not be.

ritepath
September 27, 2013, 10:00 AM
Why does the shield weigh almost as much as the 9c?

TahoeDust
September 27, 2013, 12:17 PM
Why does the shield weigh almost as much as the 9c?
The same reason the 9c weighs almost as much as the full size. They share all the same major components.

KYamateur
September 27, 2013, 01:22 PM
The shield is a very well built compact gun. I would assume they go heavier on the steel where it is really needed. Being a single stack vs a double stack, that is a big size difference empty, but not so much weight difference.

Hangingrock
September 27, 2013, 03:50 PM
I believe that S&W is indifferent to the citizen market place in regard to magazine availability for the MP series pistols. I'll go so far to say that law enforcement or other government entities that have adopted the MP series pistols have no problem or restrictions on the numbers of magazines they require.

TahoeDust
September 27, 2013, 04:53 PM
The mags, particularly the once impossible to find 17rd 9mm, have been popping up more frequently in the last few weeks. I found them in stock 4-5 different times at the reasonable sub $35 price.

gym
September 27, 2013, 06:40 PM
The Glock 26 is the standard IMO, the others are a matter of taste, I have owned all 3 and still prefer the 26 if I had only 1 choice.

wally
September 28, 2013, 04:14 PM
once impossible to find 17rd 9mm, have been popping up more frequently in the last few weeks. I found them in stock 4-5 different times at the reasonable sub $35 price. The sub $35 is not so reasonable when the competition is sub $25, but we are talking compact here, and the M&P9c mags have been unavailable or way over-priced for a very long time.

"Popping up from time to time" is a long way from just being able to get a spare when you need one, IMHO mags are critical spare parts, usually the least reliable part of the pistol, and not being readily available is a serious problem that needs to be addressed.

KTXdm9
September 29, 2013, 09:27 AM
I preferred the Shield, as I like single stack for IWB carry. Recoil is more than manageable for such a small pistol, and the stock trigger is better than most polymer pistols I've shot.

Taurus 617 CCW
September 29, 2013, 10:49 AM
I still prefer the Glock 19 and make the sacrifice to carry it daily. By the time you add the pinky extension, there is just a slight bit of difference of muzzle length compared to the 19. The other bonus is that you don't get your fingers pinched doing magazine changes because of the longer grip length.

If I had to choose one of the three, it would be the S&W M&P9c.

breakingcontact
October 8, 2013, 11:53 PM
Why does the shield weigh almost as much as the 9c?
The Shield is almost the same overall size as the M&P compact, just in different areas.

ORHunter79
October 9, 2013, 10:22 AM
I've carried the Glock 19, 26, 27 and 30. Now I carry the Shield all the time.....and I mean all the time. I found myself leaving the Glocks at home cause of how think they were. I liked my buddies LC9 but hated the trigger. Then I found the Shield. I still am and always will be a Glock fan, but for ease of carry, Shield gets my vote hands down.

Here's a review I did on it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ph3CMAHpo8w

Here's just an accuracy test.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMEmxpmqi3I

breakingcontact
October 9, 2013, 10:06 PM
^ I went from an LC9 to a Shied as well.

Fiv3r
October 10, 2013, 08:54 AM
I've only handled the 26, but it's become my most carried pistol. EDC, light hiking, any place I might need a light pistol with more pop than a .22

Boringly reliable and accurate.

Alberforth
October 10, 2013, 11:27 AM
The only reason I went to a double stack was the convincing case made for it by my CCW instructor. So have a think about what sort of situations you are preparing yourself for.

One thing worth noting is that people often remark that Glock grips, particularly the G26, work better in shooting than they feel in static holding. This has been my experience.

Another thing to note is that often grip length is more of a challenge than grip thickness. This was part of what led me originally to get a G26 which I carried daily for 2 years. Now I've found a G19 works well enough carried the same way--it prints slightly at times but not enough for others to notice.

kneesus
October 12, 2013, 08:56 AM
Shooter's choice with either the M&P or Glock, I love both. You won't really notice the thickness of if you have it IWB. I carry mine with a clip, it's really up to you.

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