I have an LC9 and a Shield. I like both guns but would give the edge to S&W for overall build quality, fit & finish. The Shield is a great gun out of the box, my LC9 needed some tweaking in the form of a Galloway Precision trigger kit and stronger recoil spring. Although I will admit that the kit did seriously improve the LC9's trigger (less take up, lighter pull and smoother). Since then I have added some Apex DCAEK parts to my Shield, so technically that's a wash on trigger kits. They both have 'em now but only the LC9 really needed one. I prefered the stock sights on the Shield as well. I have since swapped them for Warren Tacticals, but with the LC9 my only option was XS Big Dots. Both guns are capable, reasonably priced, carry and shoot very well. I like them both but if I had to choose it would be the S&W by a small margin. No offense to Kel-Tec fans, but I had a PF9 and didn't feel it was in the same ballpark as the other two aforementioned guns. Good luck.