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Old September 15th, 2016, 04:06 PM   #1
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Ported Performance Center .45 Shield Coming & Front Sight Jump?

Howdy! I'm new to this forum, so be gentle!

With all the talk and articles about the .45 Shield, I've yet to hear or see anyone mention a Performance Center ported .45 Shield, but it sure seems inevitable to me. Anyone heard anything? I really don't want to spend the $$ for a .45 Shield now, only to see the Performance Center version come out in 6 months!

The other question I have is regarding my M&P .45. No matter how gently I squeeze the trigger, every time that gun goes off when I'm dry firing, the front sight moves slightly to the left. I am left-handed, but it does the same thing when I try it with my right hand. And I really am squeezing just as slowly as I can, honest!

Then, just a coupla days ago, I read an article that mentioned "front sight jump" being common to striker-fired pistols, which I had never heard before.

Thoughts on either or both?

Thanks!
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Old September 15th, 2016, 08:20 PM   #2
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Front sight jump is more accurately labeled shooter caused error. Put that pistol in a machine rest and shoot it all day long, that sight won't jump at all. Practice practice practice, a lot of times the front sight movement as the pistol fires is caused by the fingers position on the trigger, your finger isn't pulling straight back at the point the sear releases, this is what causes the sight to move, if properly placed it won't move to the left or right.

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Old September 17th, 2016, 06:40 PM   #4
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Howdy! I'm new to this forum, so be gentle!

With all the talk and articles about the .45 Shield, I've yet to hear or see anyone mention a Performance Center ported .45 Shield, but it sure seems inevitable to me. Anyone heard anything? I really don't want to spend the $$ for a .45 Shield now, only to see the Performance Center version come out in 6 months!

The other question I have is regarding my M&P .45. No matter how gently I squeeze the trigger, every time that gun goes off when I'm dry firing, the front sight moves slightly to the left. I am left-handed, but it does the same thing when I try it with my right hand. And I really am squeezing just as slowly as I can, honest!

Then, just a coupla days ago, I read an article that mentioned "front sight jump" being common to striker-fired pistols, which I had never heard before.

Thoughts on either or both?

Thanks!
I've read that Mag-Na-Port is who does the porting on the PC 9 Shield for S&W.

Correction: S&W does the PC Shield porting in-house.

I've also read of folks who've inquired to S&W about having their "standard" Shields ported, and were referred to Mag-Na-Port to get the work done.

I'll bet they'd be able to port a 45 Shield, as they can port most any firearm.

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Old September 17th, 2016, 08:21 PM   #5
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I've read that Mag-Na-Port is who does the porting on the PC 9 Shield for S&W.
Shield porting doesn't look anything like the trapazoidal Mag-na-port work we've had done, and S&W has everything they need to do this oval porting in their Performance Center (which may be why they refer to as "factory porting", BTW).

Where did you read this, and what lead you to believe it?
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Shield porting doesn't look anything like the trapazoidal Mag-na-port work we've had done, and S&W has everything they need to do this oval porting in their Performance Center (which may be why they refer to as "factory porting", BTW).

Where did you read this, and what lead you to believe it?
I just looked, and I "mis-read" a letter from Mr. Ken Kelly, Mag-na-port International, to American Handgunner in their November/December edition.

They apparently work with the S&W PC, and receive many referrals from S&W to gun owners who contact S&W about porting.

But, you're right; the PC Shield porting is done in-house.

My apologies for the incorrect info..
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The first time we used Mag-na-port was based on a S&W referral, and we've used them once or twice a year since. Excellent work, with great service
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Old October 6th, 2016, 08:28 AM   #8
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I`m confident that S&W PC will release the 45shield in a PC format. I hope the do, i`ll likely buy one. I looked at several 45shield standard models, and as usual, the triggers SUCKED on every one of them. The grip texture is VERY rough too. But theres ways to remedy that. I`m not a huge fan of rough texture...nerve damage in my hands, thank god for grip tape...lol.
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Interesting, I've never heard of Mag-na-port learned something else new. Thanks folks!
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I`m confident that S&W PC will release the 45shield in a PC format. I hope the do, i`ll likely buy one. I looked at several 45shield standard models, and as usual, the triggers SUCKED on every one of them. The grip texture is VERY rough too. But theres ways to remedy that. I`m not a huge fan of rough texture...nerve damage in my hands, thank god for grip tape...lol.
I guess I'm fortunate that my 45 Shield came with a decent trigger.

As to the rough textured grip finish; I didn't notice it at all when shooting mine in IDPA BUG.
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Old November 21st, 2016, 06:53 PM   #11
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We have owned both 9mm and 40 Shields and hated the trigger break but currently own a 45 Shield. I noticed right away when handling it in the Gunshop prior to buying it that it's trigger was noticeably better than the 9 and 40 that we had owned. Maybe I got lucky.
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Howdy! I'm new to this forum, so be gentle!

With all the talk and articles about the .45 Shield, I've yet to hear or see anyone mention a Performance Center ported .45 Shield, but it sure seems inevitable to me. Anyone heard anything? I really don't want to spend the $$ for a .45 Shield now, only to see the Performance Center version come out in 6 months!

The other question I have is regarding my M&P .45. No matter how gently I squeeze the trigger, every time that gun goes off when I'm dry firing, the front sight moves slightly to the left. I am left-handed, but it does the same thing when I try it with my right hand. And I really am squeezing just as slowly as I can, honest!

Then, just a coupla days ago, I read an article that mentioned "front sight jump" being common to striker-fired pistols, which I had never heard before.

Thoughts on either or both?

Thanks!
All my S&W M&P`s jump (exception to my Ported 9L not near as much jump, BUT still jumps) when pulling the triggers, funny how NONE of my glocks jump.
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We have owned both 9mm and 40 Shields and hated the trigger break but currently own a 45 Shield. I noticed right away when handling it in the Gunshop prior to buying it that it's trigger was noticeably better than the 9 and 40 that we had owned. Maybe I got lucky.
You definitely got lucky... i`ve yet to find ANY standard shields with halfway decent triggers.
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You definitely got lucky... i`ve yet to find ANY standard shields with halfway decent triggers.
Perhaps other shooters aren't as "trigger pull centric" as you.

Several of us were shooting Shields at today's IDPA BUG practice, and all were shooting them very well, with no one complaining about their triggers.

I used to be very concerned with trigger pull.

A month of shooting snubbies DAO out to 30 yards cured me. After that, I could shoot the crap out of pretty much anything, and all the triggers felt "very nice.".
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My 45 Shield has a better trigger than my wife's 9shield. It's as good as the PC Shields I've handled. The porting isn't that big of a deal to me so I'm good with a regular 45 Shield. I don't care for the fiber optic sights so that's not worth it to me.
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