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Old December 3rd, 2015, 06:55 AM   #1
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What made you decide to buy a Shield ?

I was looking for a concealble 9mm with all the features of the Shield but didn't know about the Shield until I did a Google search and watched a few YouTube videos. I visited my gun store and handled one and THEN I was sold on the gun. They ordered one and I can't find one thing I dislike about mine. I put an Apex trigger in it, which was a waste of money. It didn't really show any improvement in the already great trigger. How did you decide on buying yours?
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Old December 3rd, 2015, 07:32 AM   #2
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I looked at nearly everything out there and in the end I decided the Shield was the best choice for me. I had it narrowed down to the Shield and the Ruger LC9s (both great pistols) and the Shield beat the LC9s with magazine round capacity and by including two magazines from the factory. It didn't hurt that my LGS ran the Shield on sale for $319 either.
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I held out for over two years, and recently bought one on sale as a "fit" between my smaller Kahr CM9 and my 9c.

I does make a good carry gun for days when my back is out. Otherwise, I carry a 1911 or hi-cap M&P.
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Old December 3rd, 2015, 11:35 AM   #4
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I was attracted to the Shields appearance to start with. Kept seeing them in magazines etc. The fact that it's so thin was also a plus. After several months, I located one at a farm supply store 20 miles away and decided to go handle it. If I liked it, I would by a 9mm. After looking the 40 and 9 over, I bought the 40. I've owned 9mms before but never a 40 in anything, so I decided to give it a shot. Glad I did, because I've been very pleased with my Shield!
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Old December 3rd, 2015, 01:30 PM   #5
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For me, it was handling one finally at my lgs. I had been reading all of the hype and kept thinking whats so special about these things. And the pics of them did nothing to encourage me to want one. But once I handled one...that's all she wrote, I had to have one. It's not the smallest pistol I have, but it's easily the best small pistol I have.
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Old December 3rd, 2015, 01:37 PM   #6
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Before the Shield came out, I was front pocket carrying a PF-9.
The Shield is just a few mm larger and just a few oz heavier... AND a striker fire trigger.

It was between the XD-S or the Shield and when I shot both of them side-by-side, the Shield felt SO much nicer to shoot than the XD-S (for me anyway).
That was back in April of 2012... I was able to find my Shield a week or two later (May 2012).
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Old December 3rd, 2015, 02:16 PM   #7
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I was carrying the Ruger SR9E F/S till I tried my son's 9mm Shield, I was sold! :O Now I use the Shield as my main CCW!
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I bought a full size M&P 9 and realized no matter what holster I used it looked like I had a tumor on my side. I'm much more comfortable ccing the Shield.
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Old December 3rd, 2015, 04:50 PM   #9
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I was looking for a concealble 9mm with all the features of the Shield but didn't know about the Shield until I did a Google search and watched a few YouTube videos. I visited my gun store and handled one and THEN I was sold on the gun. They ordered one and I can't find one thing I dislike about mine. I put an Apex trigger in it, which was a waste of money. It didn't really show any improvement in the already great trigger. How did you decide on buying yours?
I admit it, I was (am actually) a glockaholic. I have a few, my main carry though has been a g42. nice, small, reliable, only negative is it is a .380 and another small dig is I prefer an external safety. I was 100% sure that when I started looking for a 9mm I was going to get a g43, until last friday I was out with my son-in-law and got to handle a shield. It felt great, nice heft, seems much better finished than the current glocks, then there was a black friday sale on them at one of our local gun stores (and no availability of g43 anyway), so I popped for it. Took it to the range yesterday and was delighted with my purchase. It did great.

Afterthought: I must comment however, that for the $40.00 more I really would've preferred the performance center version. Big bargain for an improved trigger and ported barrel / slide, not to mention the fiberoptic sights (since they don't thrill me anyway). Just saying, to you guys at the gun shops, never hold back on a little more expensive sale for fear of losing the sale, in my case I would not be so pissed off right now had the sales guy stepped up to the plate with that offer! (and they would've made a few more bucks.

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Old December 3rd, 2015, 06:24 PM   #10
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Keeping it in family

Decided my 3-4yr old MP9 needed a backup for servicing/carry, etc. Never looked at anything else.
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Old December 3rd, 2015, 08:35 PM   #11
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I got serious about finding a carry gun and already had a couple of 9mms.
While in the LGS a friend recommended looking at a Shield. I was happy with the size and also how well it fit in my hand.
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I was carrying a pf9 and I wanted a 40 to go with my Glock 27 to have the same cal. so I got a shield 40 carry's much better than the 27
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Old December 4th, 2015, 06:43 AM   #13
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I got my concealed carry license about 25 years ago and tried a number of different guns but reliability and shear bulk were real issues. I ended up with a Glock 23, this was before they came out with the subcompacts, but I mostly carried a J-frame because the darn Glock was so hard for me to conceal to my satisfaction. When they did come out with the subcompacts (i.e. G27) I looked at them, but didn't buy because they were the same width as the G23, and width was the real sticking point for me.

Fast forward to a mid 2014, I was reading about the then new G42 and deeply disappointed that Glock hadn't made it in 9mm, especially given its size compared to other 380s on the market (think LCP). But in reading I found a lot of references to the Shield, all very positive.

This was an eye opener since the arrival of the Shield had sort of slipped under my radar. A good bit more reading got me convinced and that very weekend the LGS had an "M&P Day" sale with S&W reps on site and test guns to try. After shooting the 9mm and 40 S&W Shields back to back I came home with my 40 that afternoon.

The Shield is, for me, the perfect CCW. A serious caliber in a size that makes it pretty easy to conceal while yet being big enough to control and shoot fairly well. It's no wonder S&W just announced they'd build their 1,000,000th iteration. What a great little gun!
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At times I spend 8+ hours driving a small economy car and I started having back problems. I was carrying my 40c so thought I'd see if the smaller Shield would make a difference and it did, haven't had a back issue since. Been carrying the NTS 40 Shield every since.
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I was in the market for a new carry weapon. I have always carried my sig 239, but it is extremely heavy. Great gun though. I wanted something lighter and more concealable for those places I choose to conceal. I thought after talking with my brother who always carries a Glock, he's a LEO, that I should try out a Glock. While at the gun store I was handling many different Glocks the young lady who was waiting on me asked why I wanted a Glock and not something else. I told her I wanted something concealable and something that handles well. At this point she pulls her shirt up (keep it clean fella's) and shows me she is carrying a shield. I asked to see one and the feel in my hands, I have small hands just felt better than any of the glocks i had just handled. We talked about how well it shoots and at that point I was sold. A week later My new 40 Shield was in my hands and I like everything about it. My brother liked it so well he has bought one for himself.
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