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Old March 4th, 2017, 07:26 PM   #1
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Putting a none ported barrel in the ported frame?

Good Evening, would there be any problem putting a none ported upgraded barrel in the ported version of the shield frame? If not , can you please point me to a web sight that offers upgraded barrels for the shield.

I would like to have the 2 options available so I can obtain the advantages of both style shields. Any help would be great.
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There is no difference between the ported and non-ported shield barrel, other than the porting itself in the end of the barrel (as far as 9mm is concerned). The ones i have here, i mic`d them, the specs measure the same. I would wait for APEX to bring their shield barrels out before you waste your money on some other aftermarket barrel. APEX does it right... the others dont even come close.
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No problem at all, swapping out ported for non ported barrel.

Here are a couple of links, most are pre order;

https://true-precision.com/shop/shield-9-non-threaded

M&P Drop In Ultra Match Barrels - PRE-ORDER ONLY - Blacklist Industrie ? Blacklist Industries
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Thanks guys for the follow up . Steved, do you also recommend me waiting for Apex barrel ? The links you highlighted above seem to be top of the line , is Apex going to be a better barrel.
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I`ll go ahead and answer your question about apex. Apex makes semi-drop in barrels, which are very excellent barrels, but the apex gunsmith fit barrels are the way to go. When you custom fit an already excellent quality (apex) barrel, and can obtain 1 inch groups (or less), i dont see any other brand out there that can stand up to that claim...apex does.

And for what they cost, it would be foolish not to buy apex. I`ve been buying & fitting aftermarket barrels for many years, trust me when i said, apex gets it right. Apex fixed the M&P dwell problem, others did not, they just copied the M&P factory design. If your lucky enough with the other brands out there, you might get a tight fitting one that might work out ok. For me, i`ll just stick with the quality of apex barrels...they just work, once fitted to the gun.

I am NOT affiliated with apex, i just like their products... they do it right...PERIOD
And when/if you have a problem, they themselves answer the phone and help you until its right.

APEX quality, customer service, nobody else even comes close.
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I have Wilson Combat barrels in two of my M&P's, and they both shoot very well, and are accurate.

But, day in and day out, as Pa said; nothing can beat a barrel hand fitted to a particular pistol.
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I have Wilson Combat barrels in two of my M&P's, and they both shoot very well, and are accurate.

But, day in and day out, as Pa said; nothing can beat a barrel hand fitted to a particular pistol.
YEAHHHHHH, what he said ^^^^^^^^^^
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I`ll go ahead and answer your question about apex. Apex makes semi-drop in barrels, which are very excellent barrels, but the apex gunsmith fit barrels are the way to go. When you custom fit an already excellent quality (apex) barrel, and can obtain 1 inch groups (or less), i dont see any other brand out there that can stand up to that claim...apex does.

And for what they cost, it would be foolish not to buy apex. I`ve been buying & fitting aftermarket barrels for many years, trust me when i said, apex gets it right. Apex fixed the M&P dwell problem, others did not, they just copied the M&P factory design. If your lucky enough with the other brands out there, you might get a tight fitting one that might work out ok. For me, i`ll just stick with the quality of apex barrels...they just work, once fitted to the gun.

I am NOT affiliated with apex, i just like their products... they do it right...PERIOD
And when/if you have a problem, they themselves answer the phone and help you until its right.

APEX quality, customer service, nobody else even comes close.

Thanks for all this feedback. Can you give me a web site for APEX to work from. I want to avoid a good search to avoid fraud advertisement. How does it work ? , you have to send in the pistol for a custom fit?
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Thanks guys for the follow up . Steved, do you also recommend me waiting for Apex barrel ? The links you highlighted above seem to be top of the line , is Apex going to be a better barrel.
A quality barrel custom fitted by a good gunsmith, has the best chance of being the most accurate. but we are talking about a small gun, not a target pistol. At my age my PC shield is more accurate than I will probably ever be, so I'm not sure the benefit, of the custom fitted barrel will be seen by me. Also, located a quality gunsmith, and being without my gun while it's being done, is a downside.

My consideration, would be to have the option of shooting without the ports, and not deal with the fouling.

I like Apex's products, and their service, but I wouldn't say they are the only company capable of making a barrel for the Shield. And one of those links had something in stock when I posted. I think it was the black non threaded, at True Precision.

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https://store.apextactical.com/WebDirect
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Thanks , so, you buy the parts and locate your own gunsmith ?
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this is from the Apex site;

Due to the current backlog of pistols and revolvers already received for service upgrades, Apex Tactical Specialties is temporarily suspending gunsmithing services in order to catch up on the backlog. Due to the large volume of firearms on hand, we anticipate this could take a few months.

In the case of a warranty repair situation, Apex will accept firearms on a case-by-case basis only. As is our policy, Apex will only accept a firearm shipment that has a quote and the shipment has been coordinated with our customer service department. If you have quote but have not yet shipped your firearm, DO NOT SHIP IT. Please contact Apex Customer Service at (805) 528-5250 to discuss.

As of today, Thursday, March 3, 2016, all firearms sent to Apex without authorization from an Apex Customer Service Representative will be returned to the customer at the customer's expense.

We apologize for this temporary interruption of our gunsmithing services. Please subscribe to our email newsletter, or follow us on Facebook and Instagram, for updates and to be notified as to when we will resume gunsmithing services.



That was a year ago, so who knows when or if they will be doing it again, so as far as I know, yes you would have to find your own gunsmith.
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this is from the Apex site;

Due to the current backlog of pistols and revolvers already received for service upgrades, Apex Tactical Specialties is temporarily suspending gunsmithing services in order to catch up on the backlog. Due to the large volume of firearms on hand, we anticipate this could take a few months.

In the case of a warranty repair situation, Apex will accept firearms on a case-by-case basis only. As is our policy, Apex will only accept a firearm shipment that has a quote and the shipment has been coordinated with our customer service department. If you have quote but have not yet shipped your firearm, DO NOT SHIP IT. Please contact Apex Customer Service at (805) 528-5250 to discuss.

As of today, Thursday, March 3, 2016, all firearms sent to Apex without authorization from an Apex Customer Service Representative will be returned to the customer at the customer's expense.

We apologize for this temporary interruption of our gunsmithing services. Please subscribe to our email newsletter, or follow us on Facebook and Instagram, for updates and to be notified as to when we will resume gunsmithing services.



That was a year ago, so who knows when or if they will be doing it again, so as far as I know, yes you would have to find your own gunsmith.
Well, thats what happens when you`re that dam`d good. People start lining up to have the best people, work on their guns.

Sure glad i can do my own work....hahahaha

And NO, i`m not for hire...thanks
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Thanks , so, you buy the parts and locate your own gunsmith ?
Well, you better talk to people that have had your local gunsmiths work on their guns. Reference`s by others may steer you in a different direction than you might have thought ahead of time. Theres nothing worse than letting some basement bandit screw up your gun. Get references...!!!! Talk to others in your area.

There was only ONE good gunsmith in my area, but he died of old age many years ago. Luckily i learned alot from him when i was younger and kept the art moving forward. I never let anyone else touch my guns, i do ALL my own work on them.

If you`re real handy with hand tools, you can fit the barrel yourself. There is a really good video out there by apex on how to fit your barrel. Matter of fact, i`ll post it in here for you.

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My PC shield 9 is quite accurate with it's stock barrel.

The only thimg I've done to it is install an Apex striker block, because the,take up (pre-travel) was so gritty.

Fouling with the ported barrel has turned out to be a non-issue; possibly because I primarily shoot my reloads using VV N320 powder. When I shoot from low retention (1/2 hip); my white range shirt is still spotless.

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My PC shield 9 is quite accurate with it's stock barrel.

The only thimg I've done to it is install an Apex striker block, because the,take up (pre-travel) was so gritty.

Fouling with the ported barrel has turned out to be a non-issue; possibly because I primarily shoot my reloads using VV N320 powder. When I shoot from low retention (1/2 hip); my white range shirt is still spotless.
I`ll surely 2nd what this ole coot says... ^^^^^^^^
all my shield`s are more than plenty accurate enough for concealed carry.
Heck, i even knock the hell out of the bullseyes at 7-10-15yds all day long.
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