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Advice, Please: M&P Shield 9mm vs. Ruger SR9.

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Old 05-07-2014, 02:02 PM   #1
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Default Advice, Please: M&P Shield 9mm vs. Ruger SR9.

Hello, all:

As you can see from my post count, I am new to this forum and rather new to the shooting world in general. My son, age 16, has been shooting for about two years with his grandfather and from what instructors tell me, he a natural. In March, I bought him a Ruger MK III 22 Target pistol. I started shooting with him and caught the bug.

After some formal instruction, I bought a CZ 75BD Police, Berretta 92FS Inox and an H&K P30, all of which are 9mm.

I live in Pennsylvania and am going to apply for a CC permit shortly. After more instruction and practice, I would like to buy a firearm specifically for this purpose. I intend to carry IWB.

I am looking at the Shield and Ruger SR 9. Both seem to fit the bill well.

Thank you for any advice or input you can give me.


P.S. It may be redundant, but I am posting this thread in the Ruger sub-forum, as well.
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Old 05-07-2014, 03:45 PM   #2
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Which one feels better to you? In my mind, neither has a good trigger but that can be compensated for with practice. Both are good guns, but may I suggest looking at a Glock 26? I carry one In the waistband (iwb) in a sticky holster and it is very comfortable and concealable. if you need a full grip Pearce makes grip extensions

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I will look at the Glock 26, as well.

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I have the shield in 40. Love this gun. The M&P line is an incredible one. One thing to note about trigger pull in a ccw is that it may not be a bad thing to have a longer pull. With all thst said..try shooting and handling yhe options and see which one feels the best. I love my shield though!

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Both the shield and ruger are good firearms. I personally like a long trigger pull on my cc weapons. Glock makes good sub compacts as well in a variety of calibers. See what fits your hand the best and which one you handle the best and go with that firearm. You can't really go wrong with either weapon as long as you like it.

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They seem a bit different. The Shield is much closer to the LC9.
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I have both a 9mm Shield and an SR9c. The Shield is about 4 oz lighter loaded with 8 rounds (24 oz) than the SR9c loaded with 11 rounds (28 oz). The Shield is 5/16" thinner and about 1/2" shorter. Same height. It is easier to conceal the shield if you dont mind giving up 3 rounds. Ergonomics are about the same. The safety on the Shield could be a little bigger. Supposedly both could be carried with the safety off. Mine is on. I put several guns side by side while looking. The one I liked the best was the Sig 938 but it was twice the price. I also felt polymer might be a better choice with the possibility of being against my skin. I did not like the long trigger on the LC9 or Kahr. My revolvers had better triggers. Might as well have a P11 Kel Tec. The XDs 9mm was heavier with less capacity felt top heavy and the grip did not feel as good. Needs an extension. Neither my Shield or the SR9c have malfunctioned. It would be possible to pocket carry the Shield but it is at the upper limit.
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I'm a Ruger Fan boy or so I'm told, but I do have two Older(25+ y.o.) Smith 9's. I have the full size SR9, and have handled bout the 9C & 40C. If you don't mind the extra 4 ozs. For Three Extra rounds, I'd go with the 9C.

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i carry a sr9c IWB. its nice easy to conceal. the gun itself is pretty nice. runs good. have not had much exprience with the shield.
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I have a shield in 9mm and it is a terrific carry my cargo pants, I can even get a away with pocket carry depending on the situation. I don't have the Ruger so I can't make a good comparison, rather point out the features and benefits of the weapon I own. The Shield does not have the extra few rounds and statistically, you will only need those few rounds less than 5% of the time (or so I've read). The shield is light, thin and comfortable relatively speaking which I believe is absolutely that you carry it often! I think that is an underrated component of carry weapons...that is comfortable enough you want to carry it often.
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