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The Shield in large hands

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Old June 18th, 2016, 08:28 AM   #1
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The Shield in large hands

I have XXX hands (size not usage).

I am seriously considering getting a Shield for CC but I do have concerns about effectively shooting such a small firearm with large hands.

I have held new Shields but range does not a rental so I have not been able to try one in action.

Anyone with large hand using a Shield? If so, how is it working out for you?
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Old June 18th, 2016, 10:12 AM   #2
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Ill offer alittle help I have XL hands. I am 6ft3" 215 ! AT first me Shield felt alittle small but I got used to it with in a short time! I did add Talon Grip Tape and that made it feel better in my hand! But that is for me! you said you were able to handle one in a LGS? IIIIIIII would stay with the 8 round magazines or the 7 with pinky extension! I do not like the extension myself!
It would be good if you could shoot it first but if it fits your hand ok it should be fine but we all are different ,, Maybe a friend has a Shield? Good luck

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Old June 18th, 2016, 12:04 PM   #3
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I'm 6'-2" with rather large mitts. I had trouble with the Shield initially. Same with the XDS, G43, etc. Gave up on 'em for a while. Took an XDS to a class with me and had an instructor evaluate my grip. Got some pointers on gripping the smaller pistol and practiced them with daily dry fire routines. Helped a lot. I'm shooting it well enough now to carry it regularly. Its nice to set the 9c aside during the summer months and carry the Shield.

If you're a seasoned shooter I think you'll work it out and get rockin' the Shield just fine. Watch your grip and trigger technique. I have to run quite a bit of finger in that little pistol. Took some getting used to.

I like most of the small single stack 9s on the market currently but the Shield is the one best suited to larger hands in my opinion. Hope it works out for you.
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I'm 6'-2" with rather large mitts. I had trouble with the Shield initially. Same with the XDS, G43, etc. Gave up on 'em for a while. Took an XDS to a class with me and had an instructor evaluate my grip. Got some pointers on gripping the smaller pistol and practiced them with daily dry fire routines. Helped a lot. I'm shooting it well enough now to carry it regularly. Its nice to set the 9c aside during the summer months and carry the Shield.

If you're a seasoned shooter I think you'll work it out and get rockin' the Shield just fine. Watch your grip and trigger technique. I have to run quite a bit of finger in that little pistol. Took some getting used to.

I like most of the small single stack 9s on the market currently but the Shield is the one best suited to larger hands in my opinion. Hope it works out for you.
I think so too.

I have XL hands and shoot the Shield without issue, even though my most used pistols are F/S 1911's and M&P9's.
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I got rid of mine, much happier with the 9c


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My experience is like these guys...also 6' 2", big hands, no problems. Also I put the Talon grips on it and use the pinky extension. It is easy to conceal and easy to shoot well.

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I think so too.

I have XL hands and shoot the Shield without issue, even though my most used pistols are F/S 1911's and M&P9's.
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I got rid of mine, much happier with the 9c
Wouldn't it be cool if they came out with a Shield Series II that had the inter-changeable back strap/palm swells like the 9/40 compact? Make the small back strap the size of the current Shield with the medium and large adding just a bit of girth and length to the grip.

Add 3/4" to the barrel length, a tactile loaded chamber indicator to the rear cover location and it would be my Dream Shield
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I wear xxl gloves. Stippling the textured areas on the grip as well as an index point for my support hand thumb have made a huge difference for the shootability(?) of the Shield for me. I can definitely control it better with the 8 round mag but when I do carry this pistol I do so with the 7 rd mag in the gun.
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I'm 6'3" and have big hands also. Love my Shield and use the extended mags only. My son also has fairly large hands and likes the Shield and uses both mags well, wife is the only 1 who uses the 7 round mags all the time. I also put Talon grips on mine.
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Well, I'm 6'5" and 245 lbs with XXL hands. With the factory 8 round mags, I grip and shoot my shield very well. I can use the 7 round, but It is a much better situation with the 8's.
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Old June 19th, 2016, 02:58 PM   #11
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Im 6ft and 225 with xl hands.

The Shield belongs to the wife but even she found it a tad small (for me it was more than a tad)

We went the Hogue grip route (Junior) combined with the Pearce extensions and absolutely LOVE the combination and the way it locks into your hand.

Then we topped it off with 10 round mags and its like holding a full sized frame, we both absolutely love it.
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Appreciate everyone's input. Plenty of food for thought.
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Old June 23rd, 2016, 08:28 AM   #13
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I don't have super large hands but I do wear XL gloves. I originally planned to buy a 9c but after comparing a 9c and a Shield I bought the Shield because with the 8 round mag the Shield grip is slightly longer than the 9c. The grip on the Shield is more narrow but I quickly got used to it and I much prefer the longer grip.

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Size L hands. Nothing gigantic. But not small either. I'm a skinny 6' guy with really long thin fingers.

Even I find the 7rd mag with a pearce +0 extension to really help.

The only downside to the 8rd mag is that it makes the grip longer. The back corner of the butt is what prints through your shirt. The Pearce extension makes the front of the grip longer by a vital 1/2" without making it any longer at the rear.
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Old June 23rd, 2016, 03:38 PM   #15
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+1 on the Pearce extension.

I loved the change it made in the feel of the grip. Really allows you to lock it in.

Lemme try some piccy's....Ok...that worked.

Pics...Empty, no mag....7rd w/Pearce........8rd w/ Pearce..........10rd PM
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