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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. leadchucker

    leadchucker Well-Known Member

    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.
  2. vba

    vba Well-Known Member

    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
  3. Just One Shot

    Just One Shot Well-Known Member

    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. :)
  4. viking499

    viking499 Well-Known Member

    Just one Shot, just upgrade from 9 to 40, or was there something wrong with the 9?
  5. <*(((><

    <*(((>< Well-Known Member

    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.
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2013
  6. Evil One

    Evil One Well-Known Member

    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.


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  7. 340PD

    340PD Well-Known Member

    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.

  8. mooner

    mooner Well-Known Member

    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.
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2013
  9. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Well-Known Member

    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.
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2013
  10. breakingcontact

    breakingcontact Well-Known Member

    This should be renamed: "the official Shield love thread".


    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.
  11. okc-zee

    okc-zee Well-Known Member

    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...
  12. cowtownup

    cowtownup Well-Known Member

    Whats the going price on one of these in 40 caliber right now?
  13. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Well-Known Member

    Between $100-150 above nominal retail, even more so for the 9.

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

    breakingcontact Well-Known Member

    Post over on the S&W forum. I was directed to an LGS that had one for a reasonable price there.
  15. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Well-Known Member

    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.
  16. leadchucker

    leadchucker Well-Known Member

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

    meanmrmustard Well-Known Member

    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.
  18. Seventhsword

    Seventhsword Well-Known Member

    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.
  19. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Well-Known Member

    When was this?
  20. Alnamvet68

    Alnamvet68 Well-Known Member

    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. :)

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