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Well, I sold my Shield.
I've carried it pretty regularly for the past few months and have come to the conclusion that it is just not quite right for me.

My issues with it are:
1. It's just not quite small enough. It carries pretty easy but, for a small guy like me, it isn't small enough to guarantee no chance of an accidental exposure. It can sometimes be carried in some (jeans) pockets, but not without difficulty and not without the pocket bulging out rather obviously.
2. The spacer that accommodates the flush fit of the extended 8 rd magazine always (and annoyingly) rides up the magazine body. This could prove a problem, if ever a rapid reload was needed.
3. The trigger, as good as it may be for a striker-fired gun, when evaluated objectively, is really just terrible. Anyone who describes a striker-fired pistol's trigger as "crisp" is either deluding themselves or has never felt a truly good trigger. Mush, mush, mush!

I posted the gun on Armslist.com and, in just two days, I had over 30 prospective buyers contacting me. Final price: $510 shipped.

I've been told this gun is listed in some places for as high as $600. It's a good gun but, it's definitely not worth that much.
 

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I love my Shield and the upgraded trigger is spectacular. No mush to be found. Anyone who thinks a striker-fired pistol's trigger cannot be crisp has never shot a Shield or an M&P with an Apex trigger. But if it's not for you it's not for you. Sounds like you need a Ruger LCP or some other micro-380.

As far as price goes, value is strictly in the eye of the beholder. I personally think the Shield is a better gun than say the Walther PPS or Kahr P9, both of which sell for $500+.
 

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Sentry18 said:
I love my Shield and the upgraded trigger is spectacular. No mush to be found. Anyone who thinks a striker-fired pistol's trigger cannot be crisp has never shot a Shield or an M&P with an Apex trigger.
This may be true. I've never bothered with trying to swap out triggers. I guess I'm just spoiled by my S&W revolvers, which have never required such efforts.

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As far as price goes, value is strictly in the eye of the beholder. I personally think the Shield is a better gun than say the Walther PPS or Kahr P9, both of which sell for $500+.
No argument here. I certainly made a decent profit on my transaction (which = me happy) and, hopefully, the guy who purchased my gun will be satisfied too (which = him happy).
 

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Three reasons I don't own a Shield:

A. It's a right- handed gun.
B. the size is not appreciably different than my M&P 40c.
C. M&P triggers suck.
 

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You were correct on A. I think. Don't know for sure because I am a righty.

But you completely lost me on B. The Shield versus M&P Compact size differential is considerable. Unless you are the kind of person that thinks a 1x4 and a 2x4 are about the same size pieces of wood.

C. is extremely subjective. My stock Shield trigger was quite good. Definitely better than the average striker fired gun. Once I put in a DCAEK it become purely awesome.
 

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I fully understand your logic, simply put...if you don't like it, you don't like it. My wife has a Shield 9 and loves it, I like shooting it too. This will make some on here shudder...I personally didn't like a Colt 1911 that I bought, so it had to go. :)
 

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You were correct on A. I think. Don't know for sure because I am a righty.

But you completely lost me on B. The Shield versus M&P Compact size differential is considerable. Unless you are the kind of person that thinks a 1x4 and a 2x4 are about the same size pieces of wood.

C. is extremely subjective. My stock Shield trigger was quite good. Definitely better than the average striker fired gun. Once I put in a DCAEK it become purely awesome.
Agree x3 with Sentry. I'm a righty too. I've got a Shield and a 9c, size difference is considerable IMHO, especially when carried all day. The factory trigger on my Shield's much crisper than the 9c or my FS. I may do something about the triggers on those two, but I'm leaving the Shield alone.
 

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I have never shot the shield so I don't know how the trigger feels. If your looking for something smaller like a micro compact with a decent trigger take a look at the striker fired diamondback DB9 .
 

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Shield 9mm. Width .94". Height 4.6". Length 6.1". Weight 19.0 oz

M&P 9 C. Width 1.18". Height 4.3". Length 6.7". Weight 21.7 oz

Don't know where you do your carpentry, but the Shield is a shaved 2x4 in my lumber yard.
 

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Sentry18 said:
(Thanks Dachandex for the photo)

Shield on the left. M&P Compact in the middle. Enough said.
Note the compact has the extended pinky grip installed making it look higher than he shield. When, in fact, the actual height is actually shorter. Nice try.
 

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Search YouTube for actual comparisons in size. IMO, if you have conceal issues between the size of the shield vs the compact, you may need to study the art of concealment a little more in- depth.
 

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You can post all day that even though it quacks, waddles and flys in a V that it's not a duck, but those posts are lost on those of us with a firm grasp of the obvious. I have both a Shield and a Compact, they are as different in size as a Glock 19 and a Kahr P9. The slim 9mm did not become the holy grail of the concealed carry world because thickness simply does not matter, no matter how much you want it to be true. :rolleyes:
 

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Nice try, but I am providing objective facts. You are providing subjective opinion. Are they different in size? Yes. Is that important to you? Evidently. I can conceal a full size as easily as my compact. For me, the Shield has no significant advantage. That's all I am saying, but using fact versus carpentry analogy or fake pictures to prove my point. Peace bro.
 

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Where did I put that troll spray? It's gotta be here somewhere.
Seriously dude? You are going to resort to name calling because you have nothing academic, constructive, logical, or intelligent to add to the discussion?

I am glad you like your gun. I really am. I simply stated the reasons I won't own one and backed it up with fact. If that makes me a troll, then so be it. Of course, that leaves your personal descriptor somewhere below that.
 

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Are you dead set on getting the last word in so you can feel victorious? Cause if that's what it takes to get you to stop then I will just concede that the Shield is the same size as the M&P compact when it comes to conceal-ability and then we can all get on with our lives. Now go ahead and get in that last set of "facts" with a touch of victimization so the dead horse can finally rot away. I promise I will let you get in the last dig. Cheers.
 

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I have a Shield and I have a M&P9c and they are a huge difference in size and it come down to the thinner Shield is more comfortable to conceal especially IWB.
 

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Last word.
 
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