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This is a discussion on Shield shooting low left within the MP SHIELD Pistols forums, part of the Smith & Wesson MP Forum category; Originally Posted by cwlongshot Truth be told just a plainly visable front dot with a trit insert would do everything needed. CW That was my ...


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Old May 27th, 2014, 10:45 AM   #61
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Truth be told just a plainly visable front dot with a trit insert would do everything needed.

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That was my thinking as well. I even blackened the rear sights on my stock sights and it was much quicker to acquire the target than the 3 dot picture. I just ordered the CAP sights, If I can see the bar on the rear sight that will just be icing on the cake.
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Old May 27th, 2014, 01:51 PM   #62
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That was my thinking as well. I even blackened the rear sights on my stock sights and it was much quicker to acquire the target than the 3 dot picture. I just ordered the CAP sights, If I can see the bar on the rear sight that will just be icing on the cake.
I don't know what prices you have found... but I ran across this...
Ameriglo Cap Proglo Combat App Pistol Sights s w M P Shield Models New | eBay

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Old May 27th, 2014, 01:55 PM   #63
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I don't know what prices you have found... but I ran across this...
Ameriglo Cap Proglo Combat App Pistol Sights s w M P Shield Models New | eBay

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$78.00 including freight on Amazon, but thanks!
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My .40 was 8" left ,rght hand, at 10yds till apex sere only swap. Elevation ok, using wwb 165gr.

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What technique modifications if i may ask?
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Just got back from my first shoot after getting my Ameriglo sights installed. I am please to say it WAS the original sights and NOT me causing me to shoot low/left. Same stance, same grip, same trigger pull and was consistently center (although still slightly low). Don't be so quick to assume the sights from the factory are on and you're the problem if you shoot your other guns OK. Actually I'm happy it was the sights and I don't have to modify my shooting style for the Shield.
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Old June 29th, 2014, 03:59 PM   #67
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That's for a RIGHT HANDED shooter... IF they have the basics down and can/will/ and do properly apply them.

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Old February 17th, 2017, 07:32 PM   #68
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My solution to the M&P Shield shooting left,

Apology first, for reviving an old thread. I felt compelled to register and leave a post on this particular post and a few others where people posted the shooting left problem (in case their search brings them to another similar thread) I found my answer buried in the echo chamber of replies stating the same thing "user error." Google returns MANY threads with this same issue, and everyone literally ignored the actual problem, me and many other people have.

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YES, some of you shooting left MAY be squeezing your thumb too tight, or using TOO much trigger finger. If fixing these things (or you weren't doing them in the first place,) didn't work, I offer you the solution I found:

Brand new shield 9mm (no mag disconnect, no safety,) been breaking it in over the last year. Stock sights from factory, shoots dead nuts. No problems. Want to start carrying this as CPL, decide to upgrade sights.

Gunsmith down the street installs TruGlo TFX Pro's (so far awesome btw.) Take the pistol out a couple months later and it shoots left 3" at 7 yards, wont hit my small target at further distances.

A shield rear sight is un-adjustable for windage or drift (per owners manual.) It should be perfectly centered and set screwed into place. I think there may be .002" adjustment but that will not effect shot that much. You should be able to eyeball your rear sight and see it perfectly centered. You should also technically use a straightedge and a caliper.

Front sight is completely adjustable for windage (drift.)

SOLUTION:

Check your front sight post. Its completely adjustable for drift. Mine was aligned slightly to the right. In order to get the pistol to bullseye, assuming you are using correct shooting technique, you will need to move that front sight post LEFT.

If you shoot left, you need to check if your sight is aligned to the right. If it is, you will need to have a gunsmith adjust your front sight post.

Personally, I did it myself, carefully. I took a pencil and drew an outline of the sight on the frame. This way, when it starts moving I can see if it adjusts past the pencil mark. I used doubled electrical tape as a barrier between a wide punch and the post and I tapped the post LEFT. Start out with a few short put followed through taps. See if it adjusts. Admittedly, I did have to tap it pretty hard to move it. It will start moving. Don't over adjust.

I hope this helps clear up some confusion on another possible problem instead of the cop-out "its your fault." If you google M&P warranty issues you'll see the slew of crap they do. Their customer service sucks. That said, we do trust our lives to their products. So we need to hold them to some standard.

Also, some argument that I saw people make, "Oh if it shoots left 4" you'll still hit your target and put down the threat." Another one: "just aim right, and deal with it" - These are both false. Even hitting center mass with a 9mm or .40 there have been plenty of real world situations where the threat was still able to engage. IMO, practice an accurate double tap center mass with accurate follow up double taps until the treat is eliminated. Your pistol should shoot on target 100% of the time if you do your job. This way, in a situation, if you miss, only you are to blame. Also, if you are in a situation that doesn't allow you to aim properly for whatever reason, you know that pistol will shoot straight if you aim in the right direction. You dont have to account for that extra few inches. Confidence is also important.

Anyway, end rant. Sorry again for reviving an old threat.
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Shot my .45 Shield for the first time last week. Hit LL with almost all shots. I was going
to buy nite sights and all, but then shot the gun from a rest @21 ft. Spot on, Dead
center. In my case it ain't the arrow, it was the Indian.
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When I first got my M&P, I was shooting high right, which made no sense. The sights were visually off from the factory. Way off. Had the sights centered and it brought my shots right down to where they should be. That, and using my fingertip on the trigger. Everybody seems to think that the factory is god. This sight stuff happens all of the time.
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I am 86 & still love to shoot. I tried the new ported Shield at my dealers & I could rack it to load it so that was fine. I had gotten one of the early Shields when they first came out & I could hardly rack it so I traded it fast. I love the little Shield & the porting really cuts recoil down, I think.

I had to get a Handi racker to lock the slide bac to put it back together, but it is easier now. The first 50 shots out of the new gun were great & this is the target. I ended up shooting nearly a hundred on the first day & that is a lot for me on a 9mm. It was great.


I ended up putting a TRL6 light/ laser on it & like it a lot. I am not crazy about night sights & really like the fiber optic. I like a light for night much better than tritium sights. I usually shoot at only 25'.

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