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Old 02-04-2013, 12:21 AM   #11
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The trigger on mine is good. It is small, comfortable in an IWB, but fits in a pocket holster. I find it to be accurate out to 25 yards, and very comfortable to shoot. Also, my wife shoots it, so I can leave it home with her and be comfortable with the fact that she has one she can shoot and control. I also like the safety it has.

I also have a Ruger SR9c, which I am very happy with, but the Shield is easier to carry.

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Old 02-10-2013, 12:48 AM   #12
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Love my Shield!!!!

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It is a great gun, but once I got to compare it side-by-side with my M&P compact, there wasn't enough difference in size to justify owning one.
My Shield seems like it is only 1/2 the thickness of my M&P 9C. If you look for side by side pics on Google you will find several.

The Shield has so much going for it it's hard to hit on all of it's attributes. Size, shape, ergos, shootability, accuracy, reliability, aftermarket support, warranty, etc., etc. I upgraded mine with Warren Tactical sights and installed an Apex trigger kit. Went from being an excellent concealment piece to an AWESOME compact handgun. The stock trigger was better than any Kahr, Nano, LC9, PT709, etc. I have ever felt or fired. Adding the Apex components made a good trigger great. The ONLY downside to this gun is availability. Other than maybe the Walther PPS the S&W Shield is a full letter grade a head of any other competing product.
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:33 PM   #14
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I will keep my M$P9c primarily because I don't need a deep concealment pistol and I like carrying 12+1 for all my clothes. The Shield is fine for many, but I wouldn't want to rely on 6 shots as my every day carry, just IMO.

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But why not get the M&P 9c instead? Is the shield that much thinner to make a difference?
I've got both and the difference is considerable. Not only is the Shield easier to conceal, especially in the summer, it's lighter. You might not think so at first glance, but carry one, then the other all day and you'll find out.
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Love my Shield!!!!
What kind of grip tape you got on you handle?
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Haven't had the chance to carry a Shield for a day but I daily carry my 9C and it is plenty comfortable plus you get 12+1.. Here she is with Crimson Trace grip laser.

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What kind of grip tape you got on you handle?
Not my gun, but that looks more like stippling to me.


Also as far as a M&P9C to Shield comparison, go check out this review:

http://thrumylens.org/featured/review-of-the-smith-wesson-mp-shield-9mm/

Really shows how much slimmer the Shield is.
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Actually the single most criticism of the M&P line is the trigger. Many of us have opted for the Apex trigger kit to alleviate that gritty pull and inconsistent reset.
The trigger on the Shield is much better than the trigger on my wife's M&P 9 Pro.

The reset is definitely much more identifiable.
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I got my Shield the day it came out and it converted me from a glock fan boy to a M&P fanboy. So much so that I bought a fullsize M&P and now Im thinking of replacing my G19 with a M&P9c. The Shield is phenomonal! Ive never been a big sa/da guy and striker fired is about all I know so the trigger is no issue (im no trigger nazi anyway because i think my M&P9 fullsize has a great trigger out of the box) The Shield is the ONLY thing I will carry in the Spring/Summer unless Im concealing OWB. Obviously you have to be ok with only having 8/9 rounds loaded up but with a spare 8 rounder thats hardly noticeable I am plenty confident in its abilites. Its not a pocket gun, It is a small framed fighting pistol. The Shield can be run through a 2 day training course just as comfortably as a full size hand gun. I cant say enough good stuff about it!

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