I was able to trade my xd subcompact for an m&p shield 9mm this weekend. While the gun is very flat, it is by no means a pocket gun along the lines of the Kahr pm/cm series. It feels much larger and heavier in the hand, at least to me anyway. After taking it to the range and dumping several hundred rounds, a very familiar feeling came over me...the same one I had the first time I fired the Glock 26. While there have always been much smaller guns out there than the g26, I had never found one that shot like the 26. From my experience with glock, theres no difference in shootability between a 26, 19, 17. It felt the same with the Shield. While its not the smallest gun, it shoots as well as a full sized m&p and has a much better trigger. IMO it is a much better "combat" style firearm than any other ccw option out there namely bc of the excellent trigger reset; it is very easy to feel and "ride the reset" for very fast and accurate shots. Picking it up for the first time I was able to draw and dump and entire mag into a small area of the chest without any flyers...very impressive for a gun its size. So thats how I am feeling about the shield, its not the smallest gun out there, but its head and shoulders above even the Kahr pistols (at least imo) in terms of shootability. S&W has a real winner with this one and I encourage anyone that is a fan of the polymer striker-fired design to pick one up.