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Old 05-20-2014, 06:44 PM   #11
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I think you are sort of comparing apples to oranges on this one, the Shield is a single stack very thin profile that in my honest opinion is great as a ccw, I own one in a 40 and love it, I can also shoot it quite well for a small pistol. The Ruger SR is a thicker gun due to the double stack mag, it will carry more ammo in the mag but also be fatter and not quite as concealable, my buddy has one of the SRs he likes it but doesn't really carry concealed at all. I would compare the Shield more to the LC9, they are both slim compact guns, compare the SR series to your Glocks, XD, Smith M&P lines. For the models you are inquiring about I would say they are both good it just depends on how large a frame you want, I go with the Shield simply because I am a fat man and it is easier for a fat man to conceal a skinny gun
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Look at the XDs too. My wife has one, and I'm shocked at that little thing's accuracy.
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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.
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I am looking at the Shield and Ruger SR 9. Both seem to fit the bill well.
Both are fine. It's a personal taste decision. A carry gun's like choosing a pair of pants...my style and desired fit should have little influence on yours.

I usually carry a single stack, so I'd lean toward the Shield. I actually had one. Was turned off by the tiny thumb safety (hard to de-activate), but everything else was great. I've got a couple XDs pistols I usually carry, in part because I often shoot the XDm platform. It's just what works for me. Lots of folks are fine carrying doublestacks as well...and if that thickness is no deterrant, the increase in capacity and grip/control can be substantial.
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I own a ruger sr9 and love it. It's TOO big to carry but shoots great. Only problem I had was due to poor ammo. You need to hold it & shoot it. The double stack magazine (holds 17 rounds) isn't for every one. Might be too thick for small hands


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The SR. Line is Concealable under heavier garments. I can carry mine in a shoulder rig under my Down vest or a thick work vest, but that's only 8-12 weeks a year here. It's a bit easier then a 5" 1911 to hide, but not by much.....


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Shot em both a few times and both are decent, reliable, and reasonably accurate. IMHO the smith feels a bit tighter, more refined, but I've always felt that Ruger pistols were on the "clunky" side.

Of course that's a personal preference, either would serve you fine.

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Also I believe the shield is now offered in a version with no external safety. I'd consider trading mine for one of those as I'm a lefty and the safety is not ambi
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I've got a full sized SR9 that I really like. Both the M&P and Ruger line of hanguns are mid-high quality, the unfortunate fact of the matter is it's gonna be preferential. I hate hearing that because I like straight answers.
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I actually own both a SR9 and a Shield 9. The reason I bought the Shield is for warm weather carry because the Ruger is too big and heavy. I use a hybrid iwb holster for both. Both are great guns and I've never had any problems with either.


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