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Old 11-12-2013, 02:30 AM   #11
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Just between the two I'd pick the .40.... No reason that it's better in any way... except that when you put an ok shot on target instead of a good shot the bleeding hole is gonna be bigger with the .40 over the 9mm hence faster blood loss and faster incapacitation... That's the only reason people love the .45 "it makes a bigger hole"
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Old 11-12-2013, 03:32 AM   #12
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Basically the way I see it, there are two very good competing arguments for why you should choose one caliber over the other.

First, you already have a 9mm. One school of thought would say stick to the Shield 9mm for commanality of ammo.

The other school of thought says buy the Shield .40 so you can diversify your ammo, so that in a time of crisis, such as the past year or so, you might still be able to find ammo to shoot, even if one dries up.

Personally, I don't buy into either school of thought. I have multiple calibers because I enjoy shooting multiple calibers. I own a pistol chambered in .40 S&W, and I'll be honest, I don't actually enjoy shooting it. The recoil is too snappy for me.

My advice? See if you can rent both and see which one you enjoy shooting more.
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Old 11-19-2013, 07:55 PM   #13
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I recently bought a Shield 9mm. When I fired it at the range , I was surprised at the mild recoil. It's my main CC firearm and I love it. It's not a large frame 'shooting iron', easier to carry on the hip due to a smaller frame and I even carry it as a pocket gun in an appropriate holster. I like the 8 rd mag capacity, 1 in the tube and 7 in the mag. (NYS anti-gun GOV shoved very restrictive gun laws recently. Can only have 7 rds in a mag). Anyway, I found in rapid firing, the reacquiring of the target with the gun to be mild. It was a pleasure to shoot.
Break down of the gun for cleaning was pretty simple.
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Keep your calibers simple. No need to buy multiple calibers. Keep the 9mm and carry Speer Gold 147 gr JHP bullets. Trust me. I'm a professional.
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Old 11-21-2013, 09:56 PM   #15
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I bought my wife a pickup truck, a mink coat, and a 9mm stainless steel Smith&Wesson 30 yrs. ago for wedding gifts. We have stayed with 9mm ever since and will continue to do so.
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There is a critical safety problem with some of the Shields. I checked mine and it is OK.
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I have it in 9mm, had it for about a year and a half and I think I'm somewhere around 1500 rounds through it and I have yet to have a malfunction of any kind. I couldn't be happier with it. I'm a 9mm guy, but either way you'll be getting a high quality firearm
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I love my M&P 9...the benefit of .40 is negligible and the added benefit of shooting faster accurately out ways the benefits
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I would look into the .40 and getting the 9mm conversion barrel then for round $150 extra you have both
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I would suggest that you shoot both and make a decision based on your personal feelings toward both. I have purchased weapons based on reviews and recommendations that I loved an also bought some a I hated and never put into rotation. My guns are like women some are just better than others based on my personal experience and preference.
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