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

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

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  1. Evil One

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    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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  2. 340PD

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    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.

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  3. mooner

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    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.
     
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  4. meanmrmustard

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    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.
     
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  5. breakingcontact

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

    Wow.

    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.
     
  6. okc-zee

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    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...
     
  7. cowtownup

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

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

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

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

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

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    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.
     
  13. Seventhsword

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    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.
     
  14. meanmrmustard

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    When was this?
     
  15. Alnamvet68

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    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. :)
     
  16. meanmrmustard

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    Thanks for the chime.

    Melonite, in my experience, is really no different than tenifer. I have Glocks and the M&P Sport, either with many thousands of rounds through them. Neither are worn any more than the other, and the AR sees more use and assembly/disassembly. I feel either treatment is sublime.

    As for the PPS: I've held, dry fired, but never shot one. I do not like them, and I don't see them as a front runner in the single stack market. The bore axis is high, it feels blocky, and has a less audible reset than the Shield or Kahr. While not a bad trigger, IMO not as crisp as the two aforementioned pistols. Also, I don't dig the flipper mag release.

    Plus, was a considerable amount more for it than either Shield or say, PM9. At near $600, I'm in the ballpark of compact frame, double stack guns. At $449, I can't honestly think of, heard of, or have read about why the purchase isn't justifiable. Compared to Kahr, whose been in the ultra compact market makes what others are compared to. The Shield is on par and has a slightly longer sight radius, but I'm just not a fan of the PPS. I'm glad you enjoy yours, though.
     
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  17. Seventhsword

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    Back in November..
     
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    I lived in Tx for a while, didn't know they had Academy down there.
     
  19. Seventhsword

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    Yeah, they are all over. They are still selling AR's @ normal prices too. I think They got 5 or 6 in this morning while I was browsing today...
     
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    Hmmm...still has ARs at normal price...

    You have one nearby...

    Sounds like rubbing it in!
     
  21. Seventhsword

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    LOL, about a mile. I'm there alot. To get an AR you have to get there early. People line up before the store even opens to grab them..
     
  22. FMF Doc

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    You made the right choice. I like my glocks, but I LOVE my shield!
     
  23. DAdams

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    XDs was introduced at the Shot Show in 9mm.
     
  24. wriggly

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    I bought a Shield, an XDs and a PM9 all within a two week period. The shield was nice, but it was the first one sold. The XDs is a little nicer, it is sold and being delivered to its new owner on Sunday. The PM9 will be sticking around. :D

    I wish Sig made a polymer framed 239. Oh, by the way, if you have not tried Talon grips, do so. They make a world of difference.
     
  25. tarosean

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    Its only a "problem" if your taking food off the table.. Otherwise its perfectly acceptable to buy right there and now or it may not be there when you return.
     
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