Quantcast

Shot a Shield 2.0 in .45 ACP... pretty cool!

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by 1KPerDay, Dec 7, 2019.

  1. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Member

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2006
    Messages:
    16,053
    Location:
    Happy Valley, UT
    Amazingly thin for a .45. As thin as the 9mm from what I can tell. 2.0 grip texture is a vast improvement. Shot great... seems like a lot of horsepower in a very efficient package.

    if I belt carried it’d be a contender for sure.
     
  2. Jimster

    Jimster Member

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2015
    Messages:
    675
    Location:
    IL
    I love the feel of a .45acp! So much so that when I was shopping for a Sig P320 I got one in .45. My favorite cartridge to reload as well. The smallest pistol I’ve ever shot in .45 is my commander sized 1911.
    How was the recoil?
     
  3. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Member

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2006
    Messages:
    16,053
    Location:
    Happy Valley, UT
    It was substantial but not at all painful. Way more pleasant than a tiny 9mm or j frame .357. The grip texture helped a lot. I did find myself having to readjust my offhand grip frequently as there wasn’t enough to hold onto.
     
  4. saiga308

    saiga308 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2018
    Messages:
    1,428
    Location:
    trucker long hauling everywhere LOL
    video time 1:36
    a lot of people want to know how snappy it is
     
    CharliesHammer likes this.
  5. Jimster

    Jimster Member

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2015
    Messages:
    675
    Location:
    IL
    Nice shooting. Thanks for posting that video.
     
  6. tercel89

    tercel89 Member

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2009
    Messages:
    546
    Do the newer Shield 45 still have the "fish scales" underneath the slide ? I have heard from several sources that they are there to "slow down the cyclic rate of the slide" . I am confused on this because I thought a recoil spring could do that. Either way , there are reports of owners that reload saying that these "fish scales" are eating up the rims of their brass. There are lots of brass shards and pieces after firing this gun. I want one but this is what made me wait.
     
    Meeks36 likes this.
  7. zaitcev

    zaitcev Member

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2016
    Messages:
    672
    I thought that Shield 45 was somewhere in between Kahr CW45 and XD-S in recoil. It's definitely noticeable and the grip is very thin. But I took mine to Steel Challenge and realized by the end of match that I didn't feel recoil at all. I was too busy waiting for the sights to return into sight box and making another shot. My hands were slightly tired perhaps, but didn't hurt.
     
  8. 94045

    94045 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2018
    Messages:
    1,032
    I think it's about 0.04" wider in the grip. It's enough the .45 with a flush mags is more comfortable than the 9mm +P or .40 with the extended Mag to shoot for me.

    Any differences on the 2.0? I know my early .45 already has the upgrades to the grip texture and miniscule front slide serrations compared to the 1.0 9mm & .40 S&W.
     
  9. 94045

    94045 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2018
    Messages:
    1,032
    My pre-2.0 had a lot of brass in it during break-in but after the first 200 or so rounds it reduced and the rims now don't look much worse than my .40 S&W Rims from an M&P 2.0 (I just compared 5 or 6 empty cases from each after your post). Some minor nicks along the rim. I would try a rental gun if you are concerned.
     
    zaitcev likes this.
  10. Crazy Horse

    Crazy Horse Member

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2018
    Messages:
    102
    Location:
    San Antonio, TX
    I have both the S&W in 9mm and 45acp. Love my shield 45 and definitely choose that one over the 9mm when I do carry. Recoil isn't bad at all. If you reload though you can make it feel even better. I shoot 230 gr hitek gold color bullets from Brazos or 230 gr red from ACME with ~5.6 gr of cfe pistol-excellent in recoil and accuracy. I also just tested out a 200 gr RNFP in red hitek from SNS casting with 4.1-4.2 grains of bullseye. They both feel great but 200 gr bullets are cheaper. I wouldn't recommend going less than 180 grains as prefer requirements go up more and increase recoil-to the point of being snappy and uncomfortable. Accuracy with 185gr bullets for me wasn't good. Accuracy with both the 230 is and 200 gr bullets is also excellent.

    Enjoy your 45 in 2.0.

    JM
     
    Arubalover likes this.
  11. Fiv3r

    Fiv3r Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2009
    Messages:
    2,523
    I adore my .45 Shield. It's not an heirloom. It's not the coolest gun you'd see on TV or a video game or a movie.

    However, it is the first gun I have ever carried in a "serious" caliber that I could wear IWB and forget it's there. I shoot it just as well as I do a 1911. It is totally unobtrusive with 6+1 and a 7 round magazine as a back up.

    Solidly build, ridiculously affordable, comfortable to shoot. It's all I could ask for in a carry .45.
     
  12. 94045

    94045 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2018
    Messages:
    1,032
    I think I will just quote Fiv3r.
    Saves a lot of typing.
     
    Demi-human, Fiv3r and 1KPerDay like this.
  13. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Member

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2006
    Messages:
    16,053
    Location:
    Happy Valley, UT
    ?? Haven’t heard that one...
     
  14. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Member

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2006
    Messages:
    16,053
    Location:
    Happy Valley, UT
    not sure but the texture was definitely an improvement over the slick 9mm shield.
     
    460Shooter likes this.
  15. rdnktrkr

    rdnktrkr Member

    Joined:
    May 24, 2014
    Messages:
    464
    Location:
    Atlanta GA
    I purchased 2 when they had the last rebate, I've since shot the first 9mm and prefer the 45. I have shot everything ammo wise that I have from bulk GI to +p, I wouldn't want to shoot a lot of +p golden sabers but hot 200gr reloads do fine. I polished the trigger with toothpaste and that helped the trigger. They use the same holsters as the 9mm and 40s&w but the barrel sticks out about 1/4in. It conceals well everyone is surprised to know I'm carrying a 45.
     
  16. Hangingrock

    Hangingrock Member

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2010
    Messages:
    2,127
    Location:
    NC
    The 45 Shield, the example of one, that I had was problematic to the point of being returned to S&W twice for service. I've been shooting the 45ACP starting at MCRD Parris Island SC in 1964 up to the present. I've often said in jest that I've filled multiple 55Gal drums with empty cases of 45ACP. I basically gave it away to another individual with notification/understanding that the 45 Shield was problematic. On the other hand the Shield 9X19mm has been simply faultless. The griping surface texture for either Shield (9X19mm or 45ACP) was not an issue as I basically hold a pistol with a crush grip
     
  17. 94045

    94045 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2018
    Messages:
    1,032
    Mine is a pretty early model (before they started shipping no-safety pistols).

    Let me.see.where I'm at.
    I bought:

    500 rounds of FAE Hardball
    270 Rounds of Mixed Hollow Points (for accuracy, function and performance testing)
    250 Rounds of Golden Saber 185 +P (chosen round)
    500 rounds of S&B Hardball

    I have 121 rounds left so 1449 rounds with zero malfunctions. I know everyone says that but it's 100% true in this case.

    That reminds me it's time for more S&B (dead center of 1" 10-Ring at 7 yards and very clean) and the GS 185 +P.
     
    1KPerDay likes this.
  18. tercel89

    tercel89 Member

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2009
    Messages:
    546
    Find one , take the slide off and look underneath it. You'll see the fish scale looking serrations . No other handgun I have has anything like that.
     
  19. Arubalover

    Arubalover Member

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2019
    Messages:
    18
    Great carry guns, aren’t they? :)
     
  20. Jeb Stuart

    Jeb Stuart member

    Joined:
    May 4, 2017
    Messages:
    3,264
    Location:
    Confederate Country and proud of it!
    So, I guess you are saying you like the Kahr as far as recoil?
     
  21. 460Shooter

    460Shooter Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2011
    Messages:
    11,001
    The poor texturing is why I never got into the original Shield. I knew it'd be sliding around in my boney hands.

    The 2.0 texturing actually reminds me of the HK P30 and HK45 stippling, which I find very functional. Even in warm sweaty hand weather my HK45 stays pretty put if I have a good grip.

    I've been carrying an XDs-45 for about as long as they have been in the market place. There's just something about a little itty bitty 45. I've thought about trading it away a few times as I have other carry guns that suit me better, but I just can't bring myself to do it.

    If you pick a Shield up, I clocked 230 gr HST +p ammo at 850 fps out of my XDs. I think you'd have no problem with expansion at that speed.
     
    Arubalover likes this.
  22. zaitcev

    zaitcev Member

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2016
    Messages:
    672
    Yes, CW45 is the best in the format of compact-sized .45 guns, at least among those striker-fired. A Commander-sized 1911 may be the softest of them all, depending if it's aluminum frame and what recoil spring it uses. If only Kahrs were reliable and used slightly better magazines... Shield 45 is either noticeably shorter or offers +1, depending on magazine options. There's no free lunch!
     
    Obturation and Jeb Stuart like this.
  23. Jeb Stuart

    Jeb Stuart member

    Joined:
    May 4, 2017
    Messages:
    3,264
    Location:
    Confederate Country and proud of it!
    I enjoy the Micro 9mm's, and am at a point that I have found the Perfect two for my persoan like and dislikes, the Kahr CM being one of them. And both of them have been totally reliable. In fact, I had sworn off buying another gun after the recent purchase of a second CM. But now, I can see, I want to get a 45.cal. And since I like both the 380 Kahr, the 9mm, like the triggers, the build quality etc. The 45 is looking like a personal winner for me at this point. I am sure all the guns mentioned are nice as well.
    Interesting video

     
  24. Tallball

    Tallball Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2014
    Messages:
    4,015
  25. zaitcev

    zaitcev Member

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2016
    Messages:
    672
    Dan is a big fan of Kahr, been for many years.

    As I mentioned, Shield is more compact for capacity, and the quality is much better. For example, from 3 factory magazines that I bought 1 didn't feed well. But then again, it's always a lottery with Kahr, and your streak was quite good with those .380 and 9. You may win again. If you get a good Kahr, it's a delight.

    Hold on a sec, I'll find you a picture. You can see that Shield's 7-round magazine is actually shorter than Kahr's 6-round magazine! Kahr's grip is not as deep front-to-back, which I prefer. Kahr also packs a longer barrel into the same size (although I strongly suspect that this trick design is a reason why the gun is less reliable: rounds do not have as much space to feed and there's less time for the magazine to present the cartridge). Ignore the chip at the baseplate, it was actually one of _good_ magazines :)

    20161015-kahr-shield-01.jpg
     
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2019
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice