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Old 04-30-2014, 03:33 AM   #11
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Like KG7IL mentioned, I would certainly add the XDs series to your short list. I have every intention of picking up one in .45 for my summer carry. Also like mahall stated, .380 is harder to find and more expensive than 9mm when you do find it, I had a BG .380 and absolutely loved the pistol, perfect for pocket carry but the ammo issue wasn't worth it so I sold it.

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I haven't shot a Shield so I can't help you there, nor any of the XD's, but I have shot the Glock 42 and it is a great gun. .380 ammo is easy to find in my area and for about $20/50 rds. The early issues on some G42's seem to have been solved and guns built in March and later seem to be good to go. I've shot 4 or 5 different types of .380 ammo with zero failures to function from out of the box.
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I had a Shield but the grip seems too thin for me, so I moved on. I recently picked up an older S&W 3914 that I can highly recommend. It's a single stack 8+1 small semi auto, 25 oz empty and a great carry pistol . Mine is the "sissy " version, the Lady Smith.

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I have owned and carried S&W handguns since I was 21. I am 70, now. I have a number of Gen. 3 pistols and revolvers. When we changed from .357 revolvers to semi-autos, I was trained on the model 645. It was a DA/SA pistol. Shortly before I retired they switched to model 4506. They gave me my 4506 when I retired, with 50 rounds through it. I carry a CS 45 now. Every pistol I have is DA/SA with the exception of the Ruger Custom LCP I just bought to pocket carry around my farm. With 2 exceptions, the S&W handguns I have had were great and functioned perfectly. I do NOT like DAO handguns. I would recommend a revolver over the DAO pistols being made now.
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S&W is my second favorite company. I am a Sig Sauer man and love their handguns, but I have loved magnum revolvers for years before actually shooting a gun, so S&W has a special place in my heart. I still want a S&W Model 29, I own a 686, I own a 638 38 snub nose, and I used to have a 645 at one point. Damn good quality all around.
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You are so right, thanks. Love the Cool Hand Luke comment, too.
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My addiction is older guns, mostly because you can now find stuff for half original price in pawnshops
S&W's CS45 & CS40 have earned places in my carry rotation...
If you look carefully at a new M&P, you notice that S&W learned well from their work with Hogue
on the 3rd Gen semi-autos...or stole well, whichever way you prefer to think about it
In all seriousness, with all that I have in useful antiques, not much reason for new.

That being said, do have a few newer pistols & rifles, stuff from the 21st century
holding out for S&W to produce a 10mm offering, so that I can replace my G20SF with it.
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I have a Shield 9 as a carry gun. I have about 2k rounds through it without an operating problem. It has digested every piece of ammo I have put through it.

The only problem it has ever developed is I shot two of the three white dots out of the sights. I replaced them with a set of XS sights and she is good to go.
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I bought a Bodyguard .380. Got home and realized I had to push the magazine release button to insert a magazine. The trigger was abysmal. I sold it without ever firing it and bought a Ruger Custom LCP, the new one with the red trigger. I am happy, I carry it around the farm. Many of my other pistols are generation 3 S&W, and they are fine guns. I have carried a S&W .45 for over 20 years.
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