.40 M&P Shield for Carry?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by LikeABoss, Apr 19, 2014.

  1. LikeABoss

    LikeABoss Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Anyone carrying or has carried M&P Shield in .40 for concealed carry? Looking for pros and cons.
     
  2. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    Sorry don't own one.

    Seems like a solid firearm though.

    I might buy a 9mm version someday. I love how it feels in my hand. Maybe I'll rent one soon.
     

  3. otisthecat

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    Conceals well, shoots well, decent price, I've been pleased with mine. Took a bit for me to get used to how snappy it can be, but I shoot it often enough that it's not a problem anymore.
     
  4. sweeper22

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    40sw Shield for carry? Absolutely, if you shoot it well.

    40sw is a good defense caliber and the Shield is a really good gun. But 40sw can be snappy in a way that doesn't lend itself to quick follow-up shots with smaller guns, which is why I generally carry 9mm or 45acp. And while I like literally everything else about the Shield, I dislike it's difficult-to-deactivate micro thumb safety. And that's why I carry an XDs45 or XDs9.

    I had an M&P Shield 9mm. It was an outstanding gun. But I just didn't love the safety. I tend to keep a 357sig/40sw G23/32 around as a truck and woods gun. Good caliber, good gun...in a medium package. But not the right caliber in a subcompact for my tastes.
     
  5. DrFootball

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    The only 40 I have shot was my Friends' Ruger SR40C for the first time last weekend. The barrel is what I would consider the "Right size " for a carry gun in that Caliber, 3.75 inches. While I'm not Recoil sensitive or a Recoil "Addict," I know folks who are, including my Better Half. Smaller guns in Major calibers are going to jump, much like the Old Detonics 45ACP I had


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  6. LikeABoss

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    Thanks everyone, snappy for sure;
     
  7. Mouser

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    I have a 9mm Shield and love the platform. I am sure a 40 would be good too...I just chose an extra round over extra power...I have no regrets as the gun is a good size for most carry situations except for those Speedo days :eek:
     
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    I have one and carry it from time to time. My daily carry is a full size 1911 so the shield is small to me when I carry it. The thumb safety is sort of small for my liking but not too bad to snap off when you get use to it and it gets broken in.

    As far as snappy goes, I don't really notice it in the 40 but then again I also carry it with the extended mag.


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  9. hardluk1

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    Your going to find pros and cons on any handgun you buy. Lots of people folks own them and carry them. If you can deal with the snap of a smaller some what light weight 40 go for it.
     
  10. pioneer461

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    As long as you are comfortable with the pistol, and are able to operate it, then by all means you should carry it. It's a personal matter that only you can decide. What anyone else carries is irrelevant. I've carried a .40 S&W in various forms since 1994. I currently prefer the Springfield XD sub-compact, stoked with Hornady Critical Duty ammo.

    That's what works for me. Your mileage may vary.
     
  11. NWGlockgal

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    I did not care for the recoil on the .40, it was very uncomfortable to shoot. My husband hated it too. Traded it for a Glock 23 which I love. I do have a Shield 9mm which I like a lot and do on occasion carry although I prefer something with a higher capacity. But it is light and conceals very easily. If you don't mind the snappiness of it and shoot it well, you should be very happy with it.
     
  12. LikeABoss

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    Thanks everyone, went with 40c versus shield, the number of rounds in a shield versus the compact was the factor. Yea yea, I know, 95% of all CCW confrontations end without a shot being fired. Yea yea, the average is only 3 shots. Would rather have it and not need it versus needing it and not having it.
     
  13. hardluk1

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    Give it 500 rounds befor doing anuthing trigger wise. Should smooth up . If not a trigger block change for the apex version does the job.

    My wife has a 9mm compact and it is a sweet pistol. Remember to get a X grip adaptor if you buy full size m&p mag as back up or for the range .
     
  14. LikeABoss

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    Thanks Hardluk, how did you know I had trouble with the trigger and yup, I looked at Apex already. Hoping it loosens up. Have about 350 rounds into first time out, except for the trigger pull that was a little awkward and heavy at 6.5 lbs. Felt like 10 pounds. Kept left pushing it but otherwise very accurate once I fix my pull.
     

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  15. hardluk1

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    These are still smaller light pistol. Not shoot anymore than you can control . When your groups open up ?? Your done or at least change to a .22 rifle or pistol and have fun for a while. I limit my quality shoots with my smaller kahrs to 100 rounds max. The cm9 limit is 50 or when I start to see fliers when try'n to shoot decent groups.

    Bet your getting your trigger finger on the joint between the fingers pads. Move your finger to a different spot on the trigger to see if you can u'r shots back to center. maybe the first pad will pull those groups up . Even try one handed and see what happens. I only mention this as my wife was having a fit with two handed grip and group size with a new to her pistol. I had her try just right handed to watch what was going on and then notice her groups shank 200% with fliers. Werd.

    Don't shoot your type handguns with your new one. Got to have range time on just your new one. to get the 6lb trigger feeling like 6lbs .HA

    Go over to m&p.pistol forum or smith&wessonforum and see what low cost tricks guys are doing with the trigger to improve them. A reduced pressure striker spring from wolf will go a along way IF it proves dependable. And some very controlled grinding and polishing of the striker block works to smooth the trigger pull. Guess its more about what you can live for a trigger pull or what can do before you Fugg something up and have to buy a replacement piece. I know know. You use to be able to buy just striker blocks from apex for the M&P and that alone will smooth a trigger . Not sure if the larger M&P striker block is the same as yours or if they still sell them be them self. Was a 32 buck item. I don't have a shield but wife has a m&p9c that I did a apex carry kit for her and have shoot a few shields, both stock and tuned doing range swaps . You tread, talk , listen and learn. Good luck with your shield.

    Good luck
     
  16. LikeABoss

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    Just ordered the Apex, on Amazon for $129, can't stand the trigger. No hope getting used to it after 600 rounds, no hope.
     
  17. hardluk1

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    Bring buddies and till them to just shoot the dang thang !! Sit down and watch, maybe help load mags. You'll like it after the kit. and the rest of the break in. I got a to swap guns with a guy that had done the apex kit in his 9mm shield a year or so ago. Gives you a nice smooth pull for sure.
     
  18. beschissen

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    I carried a beretta nano for awhile and got a shield 40...now the nano sits in the safe and my shield always goes with me. Shoots great, handles great, very accurate for me. The ergonomics just work better. I already had a s&w m&p 9c, so the shield was the choice when I consigned a glock I never was a fan of. Best choice I have made. To make the shield eve better, put some talon grip rubber grips on it.