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Old March 10th, 2016, 04:24 AM   #1
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I've been talking about getting my CWP for years now, just never took the next steps. Well I recently had a birthday and celebrated my wedding anniversary, my amazing wife scheduled the class for me at the end of the month and an appointment down at the department of agriculture for the following Thursday.

I go pick out matching shield 40's tomorrow and she will take her class in a few months after our newborn is a little older.

So my question is what should I expect from the class, I've read and pretty much memorized the CWP handbook. I'm just excited to be able to protect my family with a gun carried on me instead of just stored in the car.
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Old March 10th, 2016, 09:06 AM   #2
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I go pick out matching shield 40's tomorrow and she will take her class in a few months after our newborn is a little older.
One thing stands out to me in your post, it appears you intend to buy your wife a Shield 40. Compact pistols have extremely strong recoil springs, its a necessity of the design, a lot of people have trouble with compact pistols in 40 cal, they often can't fully retract the slides because the springs are so strong, this has been a big problem in many women as well as those shooters like me who are getting up in years. A search of posts in the Shield forum will reveal a lot of people having this problem.

I would recommend you look at a Shield in 9mm for your wife, even on the 9mm you should be careful to make sure she has the strength to fully pull the slide to the rear. If she can't handle fully retracting the slide, you probably need to look at a M&P Compact, its slightly bigger and heavier, but will be much easier to retract the slide.

When I first started looking at a sub compact pistol like the Shield, I looked at a pistol in 40 and could only retract the slide about half way! Every other pistol in that class I looked at was the same, I finally ended up with a Shield in 9mm as I could work the slide on it. I should also mention that I have no trouble with the slide on my full size M&P 40. There are a lot of good choices in 9mm self defense ammo, the new ammo choices are so good the FBI is switching back to 9mm, retiring their 40 cal pistols, the 9mm ammo choices are very effective and easier to shoot for most people.
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Thank you for the info. She currently has a 9mm Sigma, and loves it. That quote was supposed to say I was picking up our matching guns. They were already purchased, we got them home and she loves the gun. No issue with the slide so I dodge a bullet there (pun intended).
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