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Any owners of the gun that have any thoughts on it? I am looking to get it and have heard nothing but great things from talking heads on some videos, but I would love to hear from a few actual owners. How is it as a CCW and what holster would you use? Any ammo preferances the gun has, I know my full size M&P 9 loves any and all ammo. Thanks in advance!
 

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Any owners of the gun that have any thoughts on it? I am looking to get it and have heard nothing but great things from talking heads on some videos, but I would love to hear from a few actual owners. How is it as a CCW and what holster would you use? Any ammo preferances the gun has, I know my full size M&P 9 loves any and all ammo. Thanks in advance!
I wouldn't mind either. I currently have a *takes deep breath* Beretta Px4 Storm, Full Sized 9mm, with Viridian X5L, Gen 2 ,Green laser and tactical light attachment. *breathes out* =D

I LOVE it....its an amazing pistol. But I need something for more casual days where a full sized is too cumbersome.

Here is what I'm deciding between...


Bersa Tunder .380
Sig Sauer P938 Nightmare
Glock 27
M&P Shield By Smith and Wesson
Kahr CW45
 

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I have heard the storm is great and the only time I shot it I thought it was great. The reason I am leaning Shield is I am familiar with the gun due to having the full sized and that it is very small, but from weight seems to have some weight to it to handle more recoil while being able to keep the sights on target.
 

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It's just the latest in a long line of sub-compact 9mm's. The Kahr PM-9 is still much better, although more expensive.

Lots of folks like M&P's so it made good sense to offer it in a little pocket gun. Slimmer than a Glock and more rounds than a J-frame.

The 40 version is very snotty to shoot.
 

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Think i can help and this is my personal experience. As for pocket 9's I own a keltec pf9, a kahr pm9 and recently got my shield. The kahr is more exoensive and if you load the mag with one less bullet than it is supposed to take there are no issues. The trigger on the kahr is fantastic, it is light and easy to conceal. But mine will not feed if you put the max number of rounds it says it will hold. I have read this is an issue with them. This is the second kahr pm9 i have owned too.

The keltec pf9 is light, cheap, thin and has more felt recoil. I have never had 1 issue with it, NONE! It will eat whatever you run through it. I would suggest putting the finger extension on the mag for a little better grip.

The smith and wesson is, light, thin eats anything, cost isnt bad, 2 mags and it too has eaten anything i have put through it. Trigger reset is fantastic just the break in the trigger took me a few shots to get the feel of when it was going to break. It is as nice as the reviews.

They are all nice weapons, i would pick the kahr any day of the week if it didnt have the mag issue so with that said i pick the smith the best of these 3 with the keltec being a very close second to it.
Hope this helps
 

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I know my full size M&P 9 loves any and all ammo. Thanks in advance!
you answerd your own question.now go buy it.:thumb:

i do like the grips being fatter on the M&P compared to others in its class.

just to fallow the others and toss out options.if your a .45 fan, Springfield just came out with a new .45 "pocket pistol" that looked interesting.think it is called the XDS.mag only holds 5 rounds but it looks like the smallest .45 on the market.i haven't seen much about it other then an email from guns america.
 

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I got a XDS a couple of weeks ago. I can't wipe the smile off my face. It is actually better then I hoped. So far 100% good to go. Easy to shoot and accurate. What more do you need? BTW, it fits in the pocket.
 

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With budget an issue I went with the Shield in 9mm and can't wait to get it. Thank you guys for all the insight and I will post a range report when I get it. Now if Wal Mart actually ever had the Federal 100 round packs in stock...
 

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You can't go wrong with the Shield. I have owned them all; from Bretta to Kahr to Sardius and every other quality subcompact 9mm in between. The Shield sits alone on top of the list. Build quality, ergonomics, accuracy, reliability and features are top tier. Congrats on your purchase!
 

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M&P Shield 9mm Owners Thread

Wanted to start a general discussion thread for the M&P Shield 9mm and its owners.

I just got this gun recently and wanted to know what advice, accessories, etc other owners are coming across or have for fellow owners.

As for now, is anyone finding good prices for spare magazines?
 

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I'm currently looking for one for my wife. I think I'll be looking a while. I hear nothing but good things about them. Several co-workers have picked them up for backup/off duty carry.
 

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My input:

I had 1 failure when it was new, in the first 100 rounds. It was a "stove-pipe" with the round stopping impinged between the slide and barrel-hood "long-ways" instead of a typical.

I have broken it once: In the first 100 rounds the front-sight insert flew out and hit me in the chest. It is just paint, and the pocket wasn't primed well or de-greased or whatever. I re-painted it and it's fine.

I have found that when I really get behind the gun and properly hold it with a high grip, it is sometimes prone to ejecting casings more "in your face" than I would like, but no different than a Glock.

That said...

...it is accurate, controllable, the trigger is okay, and it is a GREAT! piece for pocket carry and I won't be selling it. Very solid feeling piece. I did stipple mine myself, because those decal grips suck, and it's far to slick in factory trim. Here you are, MINE:

 

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I like your input because, as with all guns, no gun is flawless. I love my gun so far, I've put 150 rounds through it so far and have had zero issues.

I would have liked for it to have come with night sights. I have heard about the sight dot falling off a few times around the web. Hopefully that doesn't happen to mine, but it might be a good excuse to find night sights.

I don't have large hands, so I haven't really has any issues with grip or the slickness you talk about.

Thanks for the response. Hopefully we can keep the discussion going as I continue to work with this gun.
 

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If a gun jams up in the first couple hundred rounds I do not pay much attention to it. When it jams after the break in period I start to get worried. My Russian sks did the same thing in that break in period, but in almost two decades, and thousands, and thousands rounds it has not even so much as hiccuped since.
 

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If a gun jams up in the first couple hundred rounds I do not pay much attention to it. When it jams after the break in period I start to get worried. My Russian sks did the same thing in that break in period, but in almost two decades, and thousands, and thousands rounds it has not even so much as hiccuped since.
I have found that my weapons which do NOT jam, did not jam during break-in, but some weapons I have owned in the past that gave issues, always, ALWAYS gave issues during "break-in". I don't discount a weapon when it jams during the break-in phase, but I watch it very...very...closely. What that indicates to me is that the weapon is BARELY functional. When it gets dirty, or when it runs a bit dry, I expect that it will have issues even when broken in, if it's giving me problems initially.

For example, many companies test their AR/M4 rifles dry when brand new. If they function during 100% chemical dry test-fire, they know them to be G2G. NEW. UNLUBED. It is expected to function. Sabre Defense was one such company, every rifle I got from them was bone dry, and had brass on the deflector and primer sealant on the bolt-face. I liked that.
 

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Both the Mrs. and I love our Shields. I got them the day they were released. I have over 2,000 rounds through mine and the wife has approx. 1,200 through hers. Not one issue, parts breakage or malfunction. I carry mine off duty but also on duty as my BUG, so far I have shot two perfect qualifications with it. My boss and our head FI liked it so much the department ordered 4 for T&E. Our duty gun is the M&P so it's a good fit. After a solid break in and some reasonable torture testing, a couple investigators are wearing them as their plain clothes issue gun. The rest are waiting for S&W to make some more so they can have one too!

I have owned pretty much every single subcompact 9mm ever made (sans only the Walther PPS and Sig P290, but I have shot and handled both) and in my opinion the Shield is currently the very best slim subcompact 9mm on the market. And I don't see that changing any time soon. I would actually like to see a "full size" shield. Same length and height as an M&P but with the slim profile.
 

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I run a glock26, but would like something thinner of course for the summer time. Being from the SE it's only summer here pretty much all the time. I've heard a lot of positives about this gun. Unfortunately ir's rarity has made it available by way of a waiting list. That coupled with the gun buying craze I'm sure it will be a while before I can obtain one.
 

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I love mine! So far I have put about 200 rounds of various 9mm loads from various manufacturers, except for the Russian stuff, and I have had no problems. It's the thinnest pistol I have ever owned and it is easily concealed IWB while wearing a t-shirt. Some will say there are other better models out there, but for $425 I am very happy.
 
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