Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by MikePGS, Feb 13, 2014.
It 'works' great. Just had it in there to show what I removed.
Not many do... It's really trial and error ($$) till you find the right combination of gun, holster, and belt.
The Shield is much easier for me to carry. I have a 9c as well, and it is not a large gun, but the Shield is much slimmer. Shield has a better factory trigger as well. The Shield with the extended magazine is larger than the 9C.
Might just be me, but the Shield is much more comfortable to carry, and I don't feel too under gunned with only 16 rounds of 9mm. Sorry for the crappy pictures, was in a hurry. The Shield is on top in the left picture, on the right in the second.
Edit #2, the first picture is a little bit deceptive, I ground part of the 9C magazine so it does not extend below my little finger, but the Shield does have a larger grip length.
Totally agree. I have tried several before choosing the Shield. What works for me won't work for everyone.
There are people who will swear that a quarter inch difference in the thickness of a gun makes it impossible to carry. For others its all about the weight. For myself, the length of the grip makes a huge difference. You just don't know until you put the thing on and live with it for awhile.
I carry a Glock 26, I put it on when I get dressed in the morning and take it off when I go to bed and most of the time I never notice its there. I've also always thought a double width magazine to make for a very comfortable grip to shoot with. The slim 9s don't interest me. I could not imagine trying to conceal a G17 and a G19 would be marginal. I normally carry with a +2 magazine but a G26 gives me the option to go smaller with a 10 round magazine. Nice thing about a G26, you can make it bigger but you can't make a full size smaller.
Whatever you get, get a good holster and most important get a good belt. If you don't have a good belt you will have problems no matter what you get, its the foundation of carry.
The Shield's safety doesn't bother me a bit because my alternate IWB carry gun is a 1911.
I have owned the G26, 19, 17 and the Shield. Carried the 19, 26 and Shield.
If your ONLY use will be carry, then the slim Shield is a good choice, as well as the Glock 26. I had the Shield and was not satisfied with the low number of rounds carried (and could never stuff in the last round in either the standard or extended mags). So, I went back to the G26 and am glad I did. I have found it no less concealable than the Shield...and I am not a big guy.
*I* found that you really need a good holster for either the Shield or the G26. Weight is about the same. SO....if in a good holster...the choice is G26. Better gun, more capacity, longer barrel and sight radius....more accurate (in my hands).
For you, I would recommend the G26. It has greater capacity and incredible flexibility as a arm. It is comfortable and accurate at the range, and the array of accessories for it are amazing.
IF.....you have an equal desire to have this gun serve are your primary HOME defense weapon as well, AND a range gun, and only want ONE gun, then the G19 would be a better choice. It has a rail for a light and can be accurized for bulls eye shooting at the range.
All in all, I would go for the G26. And if you want a HD and range gun, get an additional weapon.
Hope this helps
Then, if that criteria is a deal breaker, don't even waste your time looking at the Shield unless your hands are slightly smaller than my wife's small hands.
My 2 cents here -- We are talking about a concealed carry handgun used for self defense. If the gun is not comfortable for carry you will (I promise) make excuses for not carrying at all times. The problem with that mentality is that we never know when we will or will not need the gun for defense.
As for accuracy, you should be able to put shots where you want them at 3 to 7 yards with whatever gun you carry. We're not talking about having to make a 25 yard shot as that's most probably not a shot that would be looked upon favorably by LEO as a shot made in self defense.
As for round capacity, I read somewhere not long ago that the average SD scenario ends in an average of three shots. Of course there are those that will want more than the 8 rounds I have in my Shield. Well, that's why I carry a spare mag on me. I have 15 rounds total. I will roll the dice that that will be all I will need. To each his own on that.
Bottom line for me was that while I liked my G26 a lot, I didn't carry it at all times because for me it is just too wide to be comfortable.
Good luck in your search.
OK, where is the range report?
And what kind of holster are you going to carry it in?
Old Faithful Hosters or Alien Gear Holsters.
Quick replies to email from him as well. Kydex is great, but for EDC, I like leather.
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