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

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by meanmrmustard, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Well-Known Member

    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.:)
  2. Hunter991

    Hunter991 Well-Known Member

    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.
  3. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Well-Known Member

    I've heard this as well.

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

    Have you shot the Shield?
  4. dbb1776

    dbb1776 Well-Known Member

    Got one love it. Me and my wife shoot it very well. Done good
  5. NYGlock

    NYGlock Active Member

    I've got the 40 and love it. Carries great and the trigger is almost as good as the glock.
  6. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Well-Known Member

    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
  7. leadchucker

    leadchucker Well-Known Member

    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.
  8. xjsnake

    xjsnake Well-Known Member

    I want one but can afford to wait till the fervor dies down
  9. Downeast

    Downeast Well-Known Member

    I also have one in 9mm and I am willing to bet this is one impulse buy you won't regret :D
  10. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Well-Known Member

    Thank you, I'm hearing I did well. I don't usually impulse buy...until today.

    Any negative?
  11. Downeast

    Downeast Well-Known Member

    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.
  12. rust collector

    rust collector Well-Known Member

    Glad to hear I'm not the only one

    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.
  13. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Well-Known Member

    This one got to the shop AFTER I did.

    I really dig the trigger, nice for a DAO.
  14. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Well-Known Member

    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?
  15. xjsnake

    xjsnake Well-Known Member

    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.
  16. dbb1776

    dbb1776 Well-Known Member

    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.
  17. hAkron

    hAkron Well-Known Member

    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.
  18. khegglie

    khegglie Well-Known Member

    There were 32 in the shop...I got the last one(a .40) when a guy brought 2 a nine and a .40. :what:
  19. pdosh

    pdosh Active Member

    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.
  20. NYGlock

    NYGlock Active Member

    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.

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