Demand for High Capacity S&W Shield Magazines?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by HGM22, May 17, 2016.

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  1. HGM22

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    Does anyone make high-capacity S&W Shield magazines? Something like a 12 or 14 round mag? I'm thinking it'd be useful as a spare mag; if you expend your 7 or 8 rounds in the standard magazine, you're probably wanting a lot more ammo! It could even have the grip extension like the 8rd mags have, though that could get bulky.

    Note: I do not have a Shield, I'm just looking at one potentially (probably in the very distant future).
     
  2. danez71

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    Promag makes a 10 round.

    I have no idea if they are good or not.
     
  3. MIL-DOT

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    The point of a weapon like the Shield is that it's light and compact enough to be comfortable and unobtrusive to carry regularly. If you're going to add a heavy,bulky spare hi-cap magazine, and anticipate the need for it, you might as well just tote a full-sized pistol.
     
  4. Fishbed77

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    You answered that question when you said "Promag."
     
  5. PabloJ

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    You should have thought ahead and bought M&P9c instead. As I said numerous times before in order to be useful single stack CCW needs to be very, very small. The gold standard is pistol R9.
     
  6. danez71

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    I hear (read) that more often than not (with maybe an exception for AR mags?)

    I should have said 'I don't have any 1st hand experience... but I read they are not very good in general'



    The OP said

     
  7. JO JO

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    sounds like you may be better off with a full size handgun , the shield is
    made to be compact and easy to carry
     
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    The great thing about single stack mags is that a handgun can be thin and more concealable. The problem is that feature is mutually exclusive with capacity. A single stack 14 rounder is going to look as silly as one of those 33 round glock mags in a handgun. It may make sense to have a few full size mags that fit both compact and full size handguns, but those are usually double stack handguns (like the Glock 17,19,26). In a shield, anything high capacity is going to extend significantly below the grip.
     
  9. JB357MAG

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    There is a very good reason for wanting a 12 to 14 round mag for
    a shield.

    If you plan to use the same gun for home defense and concealed
    carry, you carry it during the day with the flush fitting mag and
    then when you get home, slap in a 14 rounder and put it on your
    night stand.


    Jimmy
     
  10. The Lone Haranguer

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    If there were a demand for such magazines, somebody would already be making them.

    Unless you have hands so big you can palm a basketball, more than 9 rounds (one more than the 8-round extended mag, which fills up small- or medium-sized hands) will make the grip unmanageably long. The whole point of this gun is that it is short, as well as thin. Make it substantially longer and you might as well get a more substantial gun. S&W's own M&P compact is 12 rounds in 9mm and while thicker might be a good compromise.
     
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    ^^^^^^

    That's been my thinking too.

    I've wanted a Shield for while but I already have a M&P compact now and I've carried it concealed all day in light clothing with out too much problem so it would be purely a 'just because' at this point.
     
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    IMO, the Shield is a best-seller because it is thin, 9mm, and reasonably reliable and pleasant to shoot. Long single-stack magazines are harder to conceal, and often diminish reliability. I suspect that most Shield carriers don't even carry a reload.

    HD guns don't need to be small - many use a 12ga pump, some with 28" or longer barrels. The smallest of my HD guns is a G26 with night sights, but if I lived where normal capacity mags were common, it would be a larger capacity weapon. I'd really like a belt-fed .50.....
     
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    I would love a reliable 10-12 round mag for my Shield. Once my CCL comes I wil carry with the 8 round and use the 7 as backup. I would never bet my life on a ProMag product. Having 8+1 with a 12 rounder in the glovebox would be sweet. Until then I will pickup another 8 rounder.
    There are 1 million Shields out there, a 12 round mag would SELL!
    If I didn't want a really thin handgun with an external safety I would get a G26 ;10+1 with a Glock 19 mag in the glovebox as backup.
     
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    I don't see the point of a high-cap Shield mag. I carry 7+1 and also carry an extra 7rd mag off-hand. 15rds in a package that is easier to carry than a G19. I'm a firm believer in carrying a spare mag incase of failure.
     
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    LOL
     
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    HGM22 said:
    If you expend your 7 or 8 rounds in a self defense scenario you are already in more trouble than the average concealed carrier has the skills to deal with.

    JB357Mag said:
    I've never understood the line of thinking that you need more rounds available in a home defense firearm than one you carry on the street for self defense. Are you more likely to encounter multiple attackers at home than out on the street?
     
  17. Plan2Live

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    If you carry a single stack defensive pistol and want to carry more rounds just buy one of the mag carriers that hold more than one magazine and learn how to quickly and properly perform a mag change.

    My primary carry pistol holds 8+1. Brand and model withheld as it is irrelevant to this discussion. I have two mag carriers I choose from when carrying concealed. I generally choose the single mag carrier but will occasionally choose the double mag carrier. It mostly depends on my mood. If I am ever in a situation where 25 rounds is insufficient, I know I am in more trouble than my skills will accommodate.
     
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    Trade the shield for a m&p 9c! Bingo.
     
  19. Warp

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    What? :confused:

    I never saw anybody state that home defense needed more ammo than concealed carry.

    FYI, carry (open or concealed) makes the size of the firearm a factor. When you have your residence as the holster, well, you don't need to worry about that home defense gun printing or sticking you in the side when you sit down so you can afford something larger/higher capacity
     
  20. Plan2Live

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    Uh, creative cut and paste much? Or did you graduate from the Katie Couric Scholl of Editing?

    HGM22 said: "if you expend your 7 or 8 rounds in the standard magazine, you're probably wanting a lot more ammo!"

    I said "If you expend your 7 or 8 rounds in a self defense scenario you are already in more trouble than the average concealed carrier has the skills to deal with."

    I hope your target accuracy is more precise.
     
  21. Warp

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    What? :confused:

    PS: I quoted your post, your entire post, and merely split it in half so that I could respond to each half on its own. Pretty simple stuff I'm sorry you didn't follow.

    I'm asking you to explain your statement, as quoted above.
     
  22. bannockburn

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    HGM22

    Not to get off track from the S&W Shield but one of the things I liked about my Ruger SR9c is that for a 10 round double stack magazine design it's not much wider (or harder to carry concealed), than a single stack magazine gun. If you want more rounds there's the well designed 17 round spare magazine with a grip extension that makes it feel like a full size gun with a larger, more comfortable grip.

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  23. edrice

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    Excellent! ^^^^^

    I do love my SR9c. I do love my M&P 9 Shield. I do love my M&P 9 (& .45) full sizes. I even do love my older S&W 669 (12 rounds). I also do love my LC9s. I think shortly I'm gonna love me some M&P 9c.

    This approach takes the decision away the forum and puts it right in front of you and what kind of mood you're in that day. Not that I'm against discussing these things on the forum, by any means.

    I might even love me another Shield. But I'm in agreement about the Shield vs the M&P 9c, or SR9c. Not enough difference in size to matter if more rounds are deemed a necessity.

    One thing I do love about the SR9c is that I can drive from Arizona over to California and still be in compliance with their nutty laws. (where I used to live, btw) But it's a nutty place. What can I say?
     
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  24. bannockburn

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    When I was thinking about getting a compact 9mm., I looked at the M&P9c, the Glock 19, the SA XD(M) 3.8" Compact, and the Ruger SR9c. For me the Ruger had the best feel, design features, sights, and trigger than the others. Later when the Shield came out I thought about getting one but didn't feel size wise it was all that much smaller overall than the Compact model or my SR9c.
     
  25. JB357MAG

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    I know that some of you have so much money that it falls out of
    your pockets when you walk down the street.

    But what if you can only afford one gun, a S&W shield and would
    like a 14 round mag for the night stand?????

    But also use the flush fit mag for daily carry.

    That makes a lot of sense, unless your rich.

    Jimmy
     
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