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Old March 18th, 2017, 09:19 AM   #1
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What is the difference betw M+P Compact and the Shield both 9mm

So have wondered and am asking what the differences are in carrying and in shooting the M+P Compact and the M+P Shield both in 9mm ?? it is really an academic question as I have the Shield and really like it but was wondering. Does the compact hold more ammo or ?? How about how it shoots? I find the Shield is great !
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So have wondered and am asking what the differences are in carrying and in shooting the M+P Compact and the M+P Shield both in 9mm ?? it is really an academic question as I have the Shield and really like it but was wondering. Does the compact hold more ammo or ?? How about how it shoots? I find the Shield is great !
The compact has a double stack magazine, the shield uses the single stack mags. Being double stack, the grip has to be wider due to the mags being wider, therfore the shield is more concealable than the compact 9c.

The M&P 9c holds 12+1, the Shield 9mm is 8+1
The M&P 9c also has a longer barrel than the shield.

Overall, simple math, the 9c is a bigger gun, harder to conceal.
Both guns shoot very well... likely better than most people are capable of.
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Places side by side the difference is not as large in length as I thought. The grip width is noticable of course.


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Old March 18th, 2017, 04:05 PM   #4
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I have both and carry both, the 9C is basically a double stack version of the shield
(or vice versa if you prefer). I like them both, I find the 9C is quite a bit easier to
shoot like a sniper, I have to train with the Shield a lot more than I do with my 9C
to shred small groups outside of 20 feet. I use the magguts+2 options with my shield so I
have 10+1 with my shield and 10+1 with my 9C (magazine limit in mass) so magazine capacity is a non issue.
The Shield is a bit easier to conceal and it's a tiny bit lighter, but I carry them both,
about 60%-40% shield over 9C.
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If you have really large hands like I do (2XL) neither the M&P 9 Compact nor the Glock 26 have a long enough grip to hold comfortably. The Shield has a slightly longer grip which is more comfortable to hold although it is very thin. The Taurus PT-111 has both the longer grip and the double stack grip but isn't as concealable as the Shield and isn't quite the same quality either. That said, if I had smaller hands I might like the M&P 9 Compact. In fact I do like the M&P Compact 45 with it's slightly longer grip with the same approximate dimensions as a Glock19. Why Smith doesn't build a 9/40 pistol the same size as the Glock 19 is beyond me as I believe that they could sell a ton of them in addition to the Shield.

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I have both, and both carry very well.

Days the back is out; I'll carry the Shield over the 9c.
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Here is a side by side....
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Here is a side by side....
Hey, you better keep them separated, or your gonna have a bunch of .380 babie`s to take care of
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Why Smith doesn't build a 9/40 pistol the size as the Glock 19 is beyond me as I believe that they could sell a ton of them in addition to the Shield.
I know, this has always pissed me off as the SD9VE has those exact dimensions,
so it's not like S&W can't do it, or aren't tooled to do it , they choose not to.
I would grab one in a heartbeat
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