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Range Report - Shield

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Aahzz, Apr 13, 2012.

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  1. Aahzz

    Aahzz Member

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    Range Report - New M&P Shield

    OK, was able to get to the range this evening with the new shield. Had 150 rounds on hand, 100 target, 50 JHP. It ate them all without a hitch. The first couple times, getting the 7th round into the short mag was an adventure - took a good amount of effort. By the end of the session, it was easier, but still took some effort. Also, when fully loaded the short mag takes a fairly hefty smack to get it fully seated. The extended mag was both easier to load and easier to seat.

    I fired it at 5 yards, 7 yards, and for the hell of it, 25 yards. Accuracy was impressive. It shot to point of aim and stayed in the center of the target nicely. At 25 yards, I was at least able to keep all of the rounds in the circle of the target, and I wasn't taking particular care. At 5 yards, I put 9 rounds into a big hole:
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    Felt recoil was surprisingly light, and fast follow-up shots were easily managed.

    After the range, it disappears under a t-shirt in a cheap nylon holster - there will be a quality holster for it coming soon, though. It also fits really nicely in the back pocket of my jeans in a pocket holster.

    I do believe that I am in love with this one.
     
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  2. dcarch

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    Awesome report! Glad to hear some feedback on this one... Maybe I'll jump on one of these in a couple of months. We'll see. :D
     
  3. Aahzz

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    It's amazingly comfy in a shorts pocket as well.
     
  4. soapboxpreacher

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    I'm impressed!
     
  5. rspeters

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    Awesome, I just ordered one last night, should be here sometime next week. Everything I've read about them from people who've fired them has been extremely positive.
     
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    How's the grip was you able to get a full grip on it?

    Also what is the real world prices looking like on these so far and will the price drop much when the new wears off? I saw MSRP price of $449 so I was assuming that real world be a tad under or right at $400?
     
  7. Aahzz

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    I can get about half of my pinky on there with the short mag, and a solid full grip with the extended mag.
     
  8. mesinge2

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    I really want one of these! Thanks for the report and good shooting!
     
  9. jdmb03

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    Thanks for the report. It looks accurate. It would make a nice jogging pistol, throw it in a fanny pack and your good to go.
     
  10. KAS1981

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    Nice. I really want to see one to compare it to my LC9.
     
  11. B!ngo

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    Great review. Thanks.
    What is the big difference between these and Glocks/XD's. Is it the (almost) single stack? Is it thus lot easier to hold and conceal? And in your opinion, is that worth giving up a few extra rounds versus the double stack designs?
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    Btw, where are these things built? :
    Glock - Austria
    MP - ?
    XD - ?
     
  12. GunNut

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    Love mine too.

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  13. Aahzz

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    The big difference to me is the slimness. It's definitely worth giving up the extra rounds for me. I'm an armed citizen, not a cop - I'm looking to escape danger, not confront it. The likelihood of me needing more than 8 rounds is pretty low. The M&P is made in the US. The XD was originally manufactued in Croatia, not sure if it still is or not.
     
  14. mesinge2

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    This is a very good line sir, I just wanted to commend you for stating it!
     
  15. Aahzz

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    Thanks :)
     
  16. bannockburn

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    Aahzz

    Looks like a real winner there in terms of size and effectiveness. Great report too! Can you give us some measurements in regard to overall length, width, height, etc.?
     
  17. Aahzz

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    Measurements are 6.1" overall length, .95" width, and 4.6" height
     
  18. Owen

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    I fondled one of these at the NRA Show. Very nice. It's now on my short list.
     
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    Thanks for the measurements. Definitely something I want to look into for CCW.
     
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