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This is a discussion on What made you decide to buy a Shield ? within the MP SHIELD Pistols forums, part of the Smith & Wesson MP Forum category; Originally Posted by MarineVet1989 Read a lot of bad reviews on those. MV, I bought a few of the promag 10 rounders, they seem to ...


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Old March 5th, 2017, 06:23 AM   #121
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Read a lot of bad reviews on those.
MV,
I bought a few of the promag 10 rounders, they seem to have fixed the problem with them from the earlier ones. They changed the follower, now they seem to work pretty decent. Haven`t had a single issue yet with mine. I mainly use mine on my gun range, until proven that they are trust worthy, so far so good. I also like the fact that they`re made in the USA too.
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Old March 5th, 2017, 07:59 AM   #122
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NOPE NOT STOCK.
Stock would be S&W providing the gun with a 10rd magazine from the S&W FACTORY.

Adding a maguts kit to your stock magazine ISNOT STOCK.

It may be MG stock but it aint SW stock.
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stock magGuts...you know what I meant ..c'mon now, not "custom" as was mentioned in a previous post.

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Old March 5th, 2017, 08:01 AM   #123
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MV,
I bought a few of the promag 10 rounders, they seem to have fixed the problem with them from the earlier ones. They changed the follower, now they seem to work pretty decent. Haven`t had a single issue yet with mine. I mainly use mine on my gun range, until proven that they are trust worthy, so far so good. I also like the fact that they`re made in the USA too.
I have a Promag 10 rounder as well. It's a lot longer than the magguts+2 option so I don't really use it any more. I've probably put about 300 rounds through it though and I have not had any problems with it. I had read a lot of negative reviews on the Promags too, but If figured I'd give it go anyway.
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Nope stock
Smith & Wesson Shield | MagGuts
on my 8 round mag I now get 10 +1 in the chamber.
carrying it right now as I type


That is awesome to know. I have my CHL but it's from Florida. Texas does recognize it, but I just prefer to have my Texas LTC. Will be taking the class on the March 25th. There is a portion of qualifying where you have to shoot 10 rds and it's timed. I been trying to figure out which route to take to handle that situation since I will be using my Shield to qualify. Like I said earlier, ordered 2 Hyve +2 extensions but wasn't to sure about them accepting those. Haven't called the range and asked. I know they don't allow night sites or aftermarket triggers. Only reason I have those sitting in a box waiting to be installed, lol. Ordering some MagGuts asap. Wasn't even aware of those. Thanks for the info.
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That is awesome to know. I have my CHL but it's from Florida. Texas does recognize it, but I just prefer to have my Texas LTC. Will be taking the class on the March 25th. There is a portion of qualifying where you have to shoot 10 rds and it's timed. I been trying to figure out which route to take to handle that situation since I will be using my Shield to qualify. Like I said earlier, ordered 2 Hyve +2 extensions but wasn't to sure about them accepting those. Haven't called the range and asked. I know they don't allow night sites or aftermarket triggers. Only reason I have those sitting in a box waiting to be installed, lol. Ordering some MagGuts asap. Wasn't even aware of those. Thanks for the info.
shot another 100 rounds using them today . no issues. I looked at the Hyve but they look like they add a bit more length to the grip than the MagGuts option.
I may be wrong about that but it sure looks like that to me. I am actually going to order another +2 kit tonight as I have a couple more 8 round mags that are still stock. being able to carry 10+1 and a 10 round mag in such a small package is very appealing to me. I love my 9C but I like the option of being able to go 10 rounds in a single stack if I want to.
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That is awesome to know. I have my CHL but it's from Florida. Texas does recognize it, but I just prefer to have my Texas LTC. Will be taking the class on the March 25th. There is a portion of qualifying where you have to shoot 10 rds and it's timed. I been trying to figure out which route to take to handle that situation since I will be using my Shield to qualify. Like I said earlier, ordered 2 Hyve +2 extensions but wasn't to sure about them accepting those. Haven't called the range and asked. I know they don't allow night sites or aftermarket triggers. Only reason I have those sitting in a box waiting to be installed, lol. Ordering some MagGuts asap. Wasn't even aware of those. Thanks for the info.


Wont matter how many rounds the mag is capable of holding.

They instruct you to load 3 or 5 or 7 whatever the number is for the section being shot.
At least that is how it was at the one I attended almost 4 yrs ago.



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Old March 7th, 2017, 04:20 AM   #127
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Bought my Shield 45 to replace a Ruger LCP. The LCP was a great pocket gun and nearly weightless, but a handful to shoot accurately with only two fingers. Needed more real estate for my grip and the Shield is a great compromise. What amazes me is how "soft" the little 45 shoots. Love this pistol!
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Old March 21st, 2017, 02:33 PM   #128
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I picked up the shield for the size of the pistol as well as the new stippling on the grip. The steel 3 dot sites help as well.
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Old March 21st, 2017, 05:39 PM   #129
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It all started with my youngest daughter not feeling safe and asking for one of my pistols. She is a great shot so it was not a stretch to give her one. I decided to give her my glock g42. That prompted the search for a new carry piece. At the time G43's (my first choice) were unobtainium here in Washington at the time. I walked into a local pawn shop and tried out a few carry pistols. The Shield just felt natural in my hand. Then, my local big box store had their yearly "employee sale" good price extra mag. I popped for it and have been happy ever since. I have done two mods to it because of my arthritis. An apex polished sear and an apex trigger. Lastly, I put a talon grip tape on it. I have about 1500 rounds through it, I carry it everywhere I go and for me it is the perfect ccw tool.
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Someone wanted my KelTek P-11 more than I did but I still wanted a smaller concealable 9mm and the Shield fit the bill. Much nicer to shoot than the P-11 didn't hurt either. Having Tru-Glo sights installed this week and I should be happy. Like the size, feel and shoot ability of the weapon and very happy with my decision.
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I've always liked revolvers and shot them recreationally in the past, and always used Smith & Wesson.

When I decided to start carrying concealed, I knew I wanted a gun that wasn't just going to be exclusively a concealed carry pistol - which would have been the result if I had bought something like the Bodyguard (no disrespect to users/owners - but I just don't like shooting tiny guns, they're great though for what they're made for).

I knew I wanted my gun to be a Smith & Wesson however, and I contemplated getting a full-sized M&P for a while, when I watched reviews of the Shield and decided to try one out - and it felt like a full-sized pistol in my hands (despite having large hands).

I could just immediately feel that it was a great gun - though I can't really use the shorter magazine - but I don't tend to carry a spare magazine anyway.

I decided to get the Shield40 specifically after speaking to a friend of mine who is a S&W armorer, who informed me about the barrel-swap trick.

I watched him switch the 40 to a 9mm barrel (which took him exactly 30 seconds) at the range and load his 40 mags up with 9mm ammo and not have a single feed-failure firing the entire magazine.

Realizing the versatility of the gun, and the fact that it felt like a full-sized pistol in my hand, I decided to get it.
I have no complaints.
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Old April 7th, 2017, 03:47 AM   #132
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My best friend was going out of town and left his Shield 9mm with me. I played around with it for a week and realized it felt way better in my pocket than my G27 did and I liked the fact it had a safety on it as I was a GLOCK and SIG guy most of my life but also loved my S&W M&P15. So i purchased one for myself and now have a .45 Shield and 6 of my friends and family members carry Shields daily.

Still love my GLOCKS but a Shield is on me every single day.
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Rebate + Price + Size +Weight

I wanted a reliable, small, lightweight, and cheap .45 to have as an EDC gun. Reliable, small and lightweight for obvious reasons, cheap so that if I'm ever forced to shoot anyone I won't sweat the loss of the gun to the police for evidence. Nothing really all that pleasing from an aesthetics point of view, but that could differ from person to person. As a bonus it is very pleasant to shoot with non +P rounds. Accuracy is very good, too, considering the platform, got an Apex trigger kit coming (the whole kit, not just the trigger), which will no doubt help immensely in that area.

Prior to this I carried a Kimber Ultra II .45 and a Wilson Combat Tactical Carry for Spring, Fall, and Winter use, and a Sig P938 for summer carry. I will try to carry the Sheild as much as possible in the summer, too.

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Old April 16th, 2017, 12:36 PM   #134
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Until recently, I had neither interest in or need for a Shield.
Then I read about the low prices and $75 rebate and figured it would be a cheap experiment, at worst it would become a truck gun or such.

Got my 9mm Shield from GrabAGun ($379 w/night sights and 1x7 & 2x8rd mags) then headed for the range along w/one of my SIG P250 Compact 9mm's.

Shucks and other comments!!!
I was shooting the smaller Shield more accurately than the larger SIG!
Couldn't believe it so grabbed my shot timer and did timed Mozambique drills w/both guns, going through appx 100rds in the process.

The Shield was faster and more accurate w/better centered groups. The only time the SIG was more accurate was with slow, aimed shots at 25yds+.

Now that it's properly broken-in (I now have over 200 trouble-free rds through this Shield) the Shield has completely replaced the P250 for both nightstand and EDC, to the point that I now have *4* 9mm Shields (all identical from GrabAGun) that rotate between training, EDC and nightstand duty (w/one put back NIB for the wife or other future needs).

Wow, what an eye-opening experience this has been! The Shield carries more comfortably and prints less than the P250 (duh!), the only downsides being fewer rds in the Shield (but w/a much greater chance of getting a hit) and I wish the Shield's slide stop functioned better as a slide release (I know, I know... I practice slingshotting it now).

I generally suck w/handguns, the Shield is the first handgun I actually feel confident with.

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Old April 16th, 2017, 01:00 PM   #135
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I started with the Shield in 9mm, and instantly like the pistol. I have ran around 400 rounds through it, using all sorts of ammo, and it has yet to have a malfunction.

I had a Walther PPS in .40 S&W, but really did not like shooting the pistol....plain and simple it hurt to shoot. The grip was like holding onto a 1x3 pine board, and with the snappy recoil of the .40, it just plain hurt to shoot.

I decided to trade that Walther off on the Shield in .40, and even though it is a bit snappy compared to the 9mm version, it does not hurt to shoot, and it has been 100% as well. The Shield, and the M&P line as a whole, are awesome pistols.
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