1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

S&W Shield : What are the facts ?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by tercel89, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. tercel89

    tercel89 Well-Known Member

    I know that the internet is famous for rumors and bull-crap. I am wanting to get a S&W Shield. I have the money but just keep reading about problems here and there. I know that a new product will have "growing pains" and problems but I am hearing FTE , FTF, rust, Failure to return to battery, magazines falling out and on and on . I hear this on S&W forums and other gun forums like Glock forums and such.
    What are you guy's experience with the Shield ?
    At this point I am almost ready to just not buy one but I love how thin it is and how it is made better than the other "thin guns" .
    Any help is appreciated .
  2. PabloJ

    PabloJ Well-Known Member

    I have only handled couple of Shields but, found that the truth about specific guns lies someplace in the middle. They're not as perfect as some claim nor nearly as bad as some others make them to be. With many sold I'm sure the Shield is good product at fair price (about $450 locally).
  3. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Well-Known Member

    I have two. I liked the 9mm so well I bought the 40S&W Shield.
    Two lady friends have two more (9mm). The minute they shot mine they wanted one.

    Very reliable and very accurate.
    I shoot it a good bit (home range).

    The only complaint I have with the gun is it doesn't have a rail for a Crimson Trace Rail Master laser. (All my defense guns are equipped with (good) lasers.)

    Last edited: Aug 16, 2013
  4. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Well-Known Member

  5. 460Shooter

    460Shooter Well-Known Member

    I've heard mostly good things about them. I went with the XDs 45 myself, and love it. Sometimes, when you are really interested in a gun, and are not sure, or they have a hit or miss reputation, you just have to take a chance and buy one. I think more often than not, you'll have a hit, and be perfectly happy.

    Do remember there are other options out there too like Springfield and Kahr.
  6. littlebluevette

    littlebluevette Well-Known Member

    I have both the XDS and the Shield and am back and forth between the two of them. I only have about 2,500 rounds on each of them and both have been flawless.

    If I were to nitpick the Shield I would say that the only thing I don't like about it is the yellow lever you need to push down for disassembly where as the XDS disassembly is simpler. I put Ameriglo night sights on the Shield which improved the speed of my target acquisition.

  7. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Well-Known Member


    These are a few more I have. All decent guns.

    Shield.....CZ RAMI
    Bersa BR9cc.....Ruger LC9
    Beretta NANO

    I shot a XDS 45 yesterday. Didn't buy it because it's about $130 more than the Shield.
    I'd like to add it to the collection if I can get the price down a little.:)
  8. tercel89

    tercel89 Well-Known Member

    I got my mind set on the Shield so far . I don't like the Springfield XDS because of the grip-safety and I don't like the Kahr at all.
    I wish that Springfield left off that stupid grip-safety :barf:
  9. 460Shooter

    460Shooter Well-Known Member

    Just curious. What about the grip saftey puts you off? I don't even realize mine is there, and it works well.
  10. Hunter991

    Hunter991 Well-Known Member

    I have the xds and shield. Both are great. I haven't heard many bad remarks about the shield and mine has been perfect.
  11. PabloJ

    PabloJ Well-Known Member

    I do not understand why but many gun folks have strong aversion toward extra safety devices. I will admit I had to put electrical tape around handle of my mower because I hate to restart it every time I walk away from it. Safety on guns don't bother me at all.
  12. gym

    gym member

    Kahrs are great little guns, I have had all 3 and the shield got sold off. It wasn't as small or reliable as the pm9, nor as potent as the xds. Guns are individual items, everyone is going to say something else, it's up to you to decide for yourself.
    Also you can get a good or not so good version of the same gun. Until you shoot it there is no way of knowing.
    There are hundreds of threads here where some guys like something, and as many didn't, so to ask a definitive question is going to result in opinions. Being that we all differ with our opinions, you are never going to find a definite conclusion, until you buy the gun and try it for yourself.
    That is one reason we all keep buying guns, otherwise there would be 1 gun that everyone agreed was the end all, best one out there for carry.
  13. dab102999

    dab102999 Well-Known Member

    Wife and I both have one in 9mm. Haven't had any problem with either one and close to 4000 rounds thru them. Wife always carries hers with safty on. I usually don't but find myself to be more and more. The reason I say that is only gun I have with a manual safty is a Kimber. So knowing I am carrying a poly I know I don't have to worry about a manual safty, but at the same time I always find myself insteactively sweeping the "safety area" and the safety comes off of safe on my shield very easy.
  14. KYamateur

    KYamateur Well-Known Member

    I purchased a shield in 9mm a couple of months ago. If you want a gun that is scary accurate for a small gun and shoots everytime you pull the trigger than you should get a shield. I have tried several small 9mm pistols and the shield is my favorite by a landslide. I have put just under 600 rounds through mine and it runs perfect. I now trust it as a carry gun.[​IMG]
  15. Carsong

    Carsong New Member

    I have had a full size S&W M&P 40 for a number of years, and I love it. It's one of those guns that just fit my hand, and points perfectly. I can, easily shoot it with either hand. Even though the Shield is much smaller, I find it just as comfortable to shoot. It fills my hand and feels just as comfortable. It has been absolutely reliable. I've had zero problems. Quite accurate for a small gun.
  16. Bush Pilot

    Bush Pilot Well-Known Member

    This mirrors my experience with both guns.
  17. Madcap_Magician

    Madcap_Magician Well-Known Member

    I've heard overwhelmingly positive comments, and my experience has mirrored that.

    I haven't heard any of the issues the OP mentioned except for Failure to Extract.
  18. MCMXI

    MCMXI Well-Known Member

    Funny ... that's exactly how I feel about the Shield. I wish that S&W had left off that stupid safety! If they had I would probably own and carry the 9mm version because the Shield feels better in my hand. I ended up buying an XD-S in .45 Auto and find that the small grip safety is nowhere near as intrusive as a typical 1911 grip safety so it's a non issue for me. I've shot the .40 S&W version of the Shield and would chose the XD-S I have over that model.
  19. jfrey

    jfrey Well-Known Member

    I have 2 Shields and with around 1500 rounds between them I haven't had one problem. I have also shot two others with the same results Factory or reload ammo- it doesn't matter. If you found bad results on the Glock forum - well, go figure.
  20. CountGlockulla

    CountGlockulla Well-Known Member

    So far so good with both my shields. No failures, rust, or anything.

Share This Page