Well I'm taking the course to get my carry permit on Saturday after months of toying with the idea and training with my handgun. Naturally out of anticipation, I ended up with a brand new M&P Shield 9 today after thorough research and side by side comparisons. The gun was on sale for $389, and I snagged the Sticky holster for another $22. I have to say, I'm impressed by how it feels both in my hands and holstered inside the waistline. I can't wait to try it out, I'm used to much larger handguns such as the Glock 34 pictured next to the Shield. Will report back with range results as soon as possible! Also I must say I am very impressed with the fit and finish of this gun. What a gorgeous and well thought out product. Curious to hear feedback on the holster/other options you know of, as well as any helpful tips to help me get comfortable carrying, etc.