Well, the 9mm Shield is my favorite small
Admittedly, not every gun is everything to everybody...
However, I have previously owned a Kahr Pm9 and several
9mm doublestacked subcompacts over the years.
At the time, I carried them a lot, but never really practiced with them too much. To me, they were never as fun to shoot as a fullsize gun. And, no matter how much I practiced, I always felt at a disadvantage compared to my larger guns.
The Shield is the first subcompact I do not feel at a disadvantage with. What's funny is that it is even smaller than some of the 9mm doublestacks I previously owned.
For me, I was happy enough with it to even sell a PX4 and buy a 2nd one with.
My normal daily carry has been a Beretta 92 for 2.5 years. I had some health problems with a groin injury, and I haven't been able to wear a belt tight enough to hold up a 2.5lb+ Beretta 92. So, hence the search initially for a new pocket pistol that I actually liked.
However, even after I recover... While the Beretta is and will be my favorite... I'm so used to being much more comfortable with the Shield in my pocket - I may just stick with it for good....
Just my 2 cents. I'm accurate enough with this gun out to 15 yards that I'm confident with the gun.