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I finally had the chance, and caved in...Shield 9mm

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by FitGunner, Apr 15, 2013.

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  1. FitGunner

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    Well, I stopped by Academy yesterday to waste some time and to my amazement they had S&W Shields in 9mm and .40! The price is now up to $450 compared to $400 pre-craziness. I passed on it and left the store kicking myself for not getting one.

    So, this morning I thought I would stop by and see if they had any ammo and if, by chance, the Shields were still there. By luck they still had them in both calibers. I lucked out and got the last 9mm! I will post pics later.

    I had been debating between the Shield and a Kahr CM9. The Kahr is smaller and more concealable but holds one less round. They both fit my hand well but the Shield has a few features I like better and I love my other S&Ws.

    I should have picked one of these up when they came out at $400 but oh well. I am happy with and look forward to testing it out!
     
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    Pic

    Not that you haven't seen one before but here she is! I almost bought it in .40 but I don't feel like getting into a new caliber right now even though I like .40S&W.
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  3. leadchucker

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    I paid $449 +shipping + FFL for my 40, and I do not regret it. Finest compact/subcompact I've ever laid my hands on. S&W has got a winner with those Shields.

    PS. It may be a little tight when new. Some break-in is in order.
     
  4. F-111 John

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    Sweet. I looked and looked for a Shield and couldn't find one. I settled on a Glock 26, two weeks before Sandy Hook.
     
  5. Quick Shot xMLx

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    Paid $432 OTD for mine(9mm). It really is a fantastic gun. The recoil is very light for its size and the trigger is also pretty good. I think it lives up to the hype. Plus they are still fairly rare and have that "ooooo" factor when you pull one out.
     
  6. CSG

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    I have a Kahr PM9 which I like a lot but had the Shield been out at the time I would have likely gotten that instead as I'd like the option of the thumb safety and its current list is still $100 less than what I paid for the PM9. However, the PM9 is smaller and one can get higher cap mags.
     
  7. rswartsell

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    Just me maybe, but for this platform I would greatly prefer the 9mm. .40 is a bit snappy for this platform for me, and (when you can get any at all) 9mm has a broader palate of ammo to select from. Match the ammo to the gun when us serfs get to buy it again and you have got a winner. Great deal too, glad to know that it's still possible.
     
  8. Fatdaddy

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    you have chosen...wisely.
     
  9. M2 Carbine

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    A lady I'm teaching to shoot found this case at Wal Mart in the drug department, diabetes section.

    The Shield and extra magazines fit perfect. The case only costs about $9.00. I'm going to get a couple more.:)

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  10. FitGunner

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    Sometimes you find what you're looking for at Walmart in random locations. Nice case.
     
  11. Gtscotty

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    I just picked up a shield too in .40, and love it. The only downside is that most of the good holster shops seem to have bad backlogs currently. I have a projected 8 week wait on an IWB from PJ holsters and a pocket holster from Alabama Holsters. I finally broke down and ordered an Infidel from Comp-Tac so that I could carry the shield sometime before June.... There is alot to be said for a 5 day wait vs an 8 week wait.
     
  12. FitGunner

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    Congrats on your new Shield .40!

    Getting a good holster is my next task as well. The challenge is finding any that are available.
     
  13. leadchucker

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    FWIW, the Galco Tuckngo holster I bought for my Glock 36 fits the Shield like a glove.
     
  14. mo_dingo

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    Check out Tommy Theis holsters - 2 to 3 weeks turn around, but he makes great IWB holsters!

    http://theisholsters.com/
     
  15. Fatdaddy

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    Be careful using holsters made for the Glock subcompacts.
    Mine fit great until it dumped the magazine in the seat of my truck just before getting out. I had to do a little leather removal to let the mag release button clear the holster.:rolleyes:
     
  16. Gtscotty

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    I though about picking up a theis holster, but now I have 3 holsters on order so I should be well set up in a couple months. I actually talked to the Comp-Tac folks today, and I should have my Infidel next week. I might still pick up a hybrid type holster in the future if these holsters don't work out.

    In addition to theis, both Talon Tactical and Comp-Tac are shipping out holsters without much wait.

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    Thanks, I'm really happy with it!
     
  17. MK75

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    Beautiful gun. Very cool.
     
  18. col_temp

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    Yeah but the PM9 looks kind dumb with that funky looking extended mag.
    The shield on the other hand looks natural. We do like our shield we have. I don't care for firing without the extended but that's because I can't get a good grip with both fingers on grip with the 7-rnd. With the 8 though it works great!
    And yes the spring is pretty tight fro a while. Hoping we finally are able to get enough rounds through it to loosen it up a bit.

    Great purchase. Best of luck with it.
     
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