I just completed my first full duty qualification with my S&W Shield 9mm. I got it the day it was released but wanted to make sure it was 100% before carrying it. That meant 500+ rounds of both practice and duty ammo, as well as numerous function and malfunction drills. I also wanted to swap the sights from stock to Warren Tactical 2-dot night sights, find a holster and have at least three spare 8 round mags. I purchased the Shield to occupy the roles of back up gun, plain clothes carry and off duty carry. Which makes it a perfect partner for my primary duty gun; a full size S&W M&P 9mm. That one has already proven itself time and time again. Well now so has the Shield. With approx. 1000 rounds through it I have had no malfunctions & no parts breakages. What it has provided me with is superb accuracy and excellent shootability. Today the proof was in the pudding and I qualified with ease. In fact I scored 1 point higher with the Shield than I did with the M&P FS! I am also pretty sure I just sold several M&P Shields for Smith & Wesson to my fellow LEO's at the range shooting their M&P's. They just have to find one for sale first.