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Old September 7th, 2013, 05:15 AM   #1
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XDs9 & Shield Owners

I have three single stack 9mm pistols and I'm going to reduce this to just one. I like Rugers but the LC9 just doesn't work for me. I love my Shield 9 and I love my XDs9. I know this is an M&P forum but.....do any of you here favor the XDs9 over the Shield 9? My XDs9 is currently at Springfield for their recall and my Shield was not affected by S&W's recall, so I can't really do a side-by-side range test right now. I will do one when the XDs9 returns from the mother ship.

As always, I appreciate your feedback.
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Old September 7th, 2013, 06:15 AM   #2
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Ive fired the XDs9 along side my Shield. I preferred the way the shield fit in my hand. Seems the grip on the XDS just was a little unforgiving. But it probably boils down to personal preference.

and in no way am I siding with M&P because this is a M&P forum. I own an XDm, an XD, and a couple of M&P's. So im right down the middle on both of them.
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Old September 7th, 2013, 08:20 AM   #3
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I own some Shields 2-9's and a 40), some full size M&Ps (2-22's, 3-9's, 2-40's and a 45). I I have an xdm competiton model. I prefer my M&P's over the Xdm. I have shot my buddies Xds9 and it shot well. I prefer the ergo's on the M&P's over the Springfields. My suggestion is go with whichever one that you shoot beeter and are more comforatable with. Both are great pistols.
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Old September 7th, 2013, 09:55 AM   #4
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Shoot both, keep the one with the more impressive targets
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Old October 12th, 2013, 04:15 AM   #5
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I would have bought the Shield because it feels better on my hand but the tiny safety lever made it a no go. They need a non safety version because it's too small to flick off in an emergency for a big handed guy and if you leave it off it's been known to switch on in the holster for people. I went with the XDS and don't like the grip safety but at least it's always engaged when I grip it.

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Old October 12th, 2013, 06:37 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by vegas-shooter View Post
i if you leave it off it's been known to switch on in the holster for people.

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Known by whom? I have never experienced this personally nor have I ever seen any reports of this happening or heard of it from anyone I know who has a Shield. Would like to know if anyone can substantiate this from personal experience. (I carry with the safety on but have never had it switch to off unless I switched it, nor do I have any problems flicking it off with my thumb, but I am an old 1911 guy who was trained from day one to ride the safety with the thumb so for me it was an easy adjustment to the Shield safety.)

As for the OP question, go with what works best for you personally. All else being equal, I'll take made in USA over made in Croatia any day!

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Old October 27th, 2013, 07:27 AM   #7
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A little update.....

I received my XDs9 back from Springfield last week and I forgot how heavy it was compared to the Shield. The 4 ounces makes a big difference when carrying.....as you all know. Especially in a gun that size. Anyway, I have no beef or issues with Springfield but the Shield is just what I ended up preferring. Any similar experiences here?
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Old October 27th, 2013, 08:29 AM   #8
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... the Shield is just what I ended up preferring. Any similar experiences here?
Didn't care for the grip safety, or the higher bore axis of the XDs... plus it doesn't come in 40S&W.

We're fine with our Shield 40 (4).
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Actually, I just bought an M&P9c to replace my XD9 5" Tactical. My wife got her XDs 9mm back from Springfield on Wednesday, after getting it fixed for the recall. Since I now have my CCW, I am getting rid of the XD9, because it is a tad big for CC. The XD9 is an awesome shooter, but we never got a chance to shoot the XDs much, because it was recalled 2 days after we bought it. My wife shot it less than 20 times, and we sent it off. I guess I should thank Springfield, because I would have probably bought another XDs for me for CC, but since they weren't available, that is how I ended up with my M&P9c

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I've had both prefer the shield, but whats comfortable to me may not work for you
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Wow... Another Zombie Tread!
The day before Halloween is a perfect time for a Zombie Thread though.

Welcome kwil13!

I'm an XD fan and prefer the grip safety over a thumb safety on carry pistols. When the XD-S and Shield 1st came out (back in '12), I rented them both and compared the two side-by-side, expecting to hate the 'typical' M&P trigger, expecting the usual harsh recoil that usually accompanies a 3" barreled Subcompact and loving the XD-S (even though it was a .45).

Surprisingly, I ended up liking the Shield's trigger and smooth recoil over the XD-S trigger, heavier weight and slightly harsher recoil. With the XD-S, I can only shoot 25-30 rounds before my old wrist injury makes me put it down, while the Shield's recoil is smooth enough to be an 'All Day Shooter'. I chose the Shield and never worried about the unobtrusive Thumb Safety.

Later, when the XD-S9 came out, I figured I'd give the XD-S another try. To me, the 9mm is no smoother than the .45. Still couldn't put more than 30 rounds down range before needing to put it down.

Now, of course, the Shield is available in a NTS version, for those that say they'd never own a carry gun that had a safety. Also... Now a Year after jsimpson4's original post, the LC9 is now available in a Striker Fire version (the LC9S) too, which might have made his decision even harder.
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