Shield 9 or 40?

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Old October 22nd, 2012, 04:43 PM   #1
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Shield 9 or 40?

I'm looking at buying an M&P shield. Originally I was going to get the .40 since I carry the full size .40 on duty and the shield would be my off duty weapon. However, after reading all the mag drop problems with the Shield 40 I'm starting to lean toward the 9mm shield. What do you all think? Or should I look into a different platform due to these mag drop issues?
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Old October 22nd, 2012, 05:01 PM   #2
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My answer to your question is the one that you have probably already thought of, I am sure. If your familiar with the .40 cal and if your department will provide ammo for qualifications (as mine does) go with the .40 cal. MP will get the mag issue fixed, I am certain.

I went with the 9mm to standardize the different calibers of my weapons. I had .45 (my department uses), 9mm, .40 cal, .380 cal and just for fun .22. I now buy only one caliber for all my weapons...9mm. It was economics for me.

I purchased for caliber compatability and I knew if there were any issues they would be worked out. MP is a great manufacturer and they will get any issues worked out, I have faith in them. But as far as an off duty weapon, I have to depend on the one I choose to carry. There can't be any failures. So with that said, I have seen many with issues in both the 9mm and .40 cal Shields and the opposite side of the coin is there are many more that have had no issues at all with them. You take a chance with any weapon but you have to trust in the company's customer service system to get any problem fixed.

I know that my not have completely answered your question...it may just give you more to think about.
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Old October 23rd, 2012, 07:10 PM   #3
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I am in the exact same situation as you and placed an order for the shield in 9mm. Not sure how long its going to take them to correct the issue. I still have to wait two or three months before my local dealer will even have 9mm in stock however that's probably a lot sooner then when they will be able to correct the issue with the .40 cal where i would feel comfortable buying one. I can't or won't wait any longer than 3 months because i need one ASAP. Just my two cents..

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Old October 23rd, 2012, 09:07 PM   #4
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I am in the exact same situation as you and placed an order for the shield in 9mm. Not sure how long its going to take them to correct the issue. I still have to wait two or three months before my local dealer will even have 9mm in stock however that's probably a lot sooner then when they will be able to correct the issue with the .40 cal where i would feel comfortable buying one. I can't or won't wait any longer than 3 months because i need one ASAP. Just my two cents..

I think the Shield platform is better suited for the 9mm cartridge anyway and with today's modern defense ammo the 9mm is no slouch. I'm going to check at Vance's in Columbus, Oh tomorrow I hear they have the M&P Shields in stock there.
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Old October 24th, 2012, 07:05 AM   #5
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I think the Shield platform is better suited for the 9mm cartridge anyway and with today's modern defense ammo the 9mm is no slouch. I'm going to check at Vance's in Columbus, Oh tomorrow I hear they have the M&P Shields in stock there.

I was at Vance's on Sunday. They only have the Shield in 40 right not. Unless they got some more in since.

As far as getting a 9mm or 40. I would go with whatever caliber you are more comfortable with.
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Old October 24th, 2012, 08:29 AM   #6
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I've had the 9 Shield (one of the first),since they came out last April with zero issues. Friends have tried mine. They buy the ammo and shoot all they want (NO +P), I keep the brass and what ever ammo's left over I keep. It has well over 3500 rounds (of all kinds) shot through it. They have desided they like the Shield and have also picked one up as they trickled into the LGS. No problems with any of their Shield 9's. Some have bought the 40 Shields and have had zero issues too. Most are used for BUG's and some have been bought for their wife's carry.
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Old October 24th, 2012, 09:45 AM   #7
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I went with 9mm, mostly b/c of how "snappy" the .40 is even in the full size M&P (which I own) and im sure the Shield has much greater recoil than the its bigger brother. Less recoil means quicker follow-up shots and tigher groupings IMO. Other than my Shield, all other pistols i own are either .40(357SIG) or 22LR to keep expenses down i try not to have too many different calibers.

Plus you get one more round in the mag with the 9mm, which I really like. 8 rounds > 7!
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Old October 24th, 2012, 02:12 PM   #8
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I have the 9mm shield, and love it. only had it for about 2 months, and only have 450 rounds through it so far. no problems as of yet, and only one ftf, dead round.
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Nothing wrong with the M&P9 Shield, especially if you're recoil sensitive or prefer not to shoot through stuff to stop an attacker (or if you're playing gun games, of course). The 40S&W makes more sense for me because I don't have any problem with the additional recoil and it penetrates through intermediate barriers, which is a lot to ask of a 9mm.

It could be argued that civilians shouldn't be shooting through barriers, but all the arguements I've heard lack common sense. I don't see why a law-abiding citizen should stop defending themself just because their attacker takes cover behind a wall or a door. Also, living in the Pacific Northwest we need to plan for defending ourselves against criminals wearing heavy clothing and down jackets which are a known problem for those smaller rounds.
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Old October 26th, 2012, 09:48 AM   #10
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Shield 9 or 40?

I have the 9mm and love it!! Had a chance to get the 40 but decided to pass for reasons already stated here (snappy round) Can't wait to shoot it again. Love the trigger and reset. My teamate just picked up a 9 and he is happy with his. To each his own. Either way it is a nice gun for the money.
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Old October 26th, 2012, 11:57 AM   #12
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I love my 9 mm
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Old October 27th, 2012, 04:53 AM   #13
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I carry a 9mm shield as a backup to a full size .45.
The 9 shot Shield replaced my 5 shot SP101.
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Old October 27th, 2012, 05:37 AM   #14
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I bought the Shield in the 40. It feels very similar to shooting my Glock 17 and 19 in terms of recoil. It is bulkier than the Keltec P3at I was carrying but packs a whole lot more ass! Have no problem using IWB or pocket carry.
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Old October 27th, 2012, 06:59 AM   #15
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Although I was a mostly 9mm guy, when I was looking for a CCW weapon, I decided that; 1. I wasn't interested in the XDS .45 and didn't want to wait a year or to for a 9 or .40 version;
and 2. with a limited number of rounds, the knockdown power of the .40 outweighs the 9.

As KRweiss has in his sig:
"I guess the bottom line for me is that I've NEVER seen a .40 or .45 fail to get the job done. I can't say the same about the 9mm."


If I was carrying a compact with 10 or 12 rounds, I might go with a 9. But; I am starting to like .40 more and more.
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