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Old April 22nd, 2017, 05:02 AM   #1
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My handling of firearms began in 1949 while in the Navy. Since then I have owned many makes and types of long guns and sidearms. In fact, at one time, I had the pleasure of collecting many high-end rifles, shotguns, revolvers and pistols.

Today, at an advanced age, I have divested myself of all firearms except for an EDC and a bedside pistol. Both are 9mm Shields. I chose the Shield 9 for these purposes because it fits me best of every other sidearm I have handled. I recognize that it is what it is: an excellent easy to conceal and powerful shooter at defensive distances. It is not a long range target pistol and is not purported to be so by Smith and Wesson. It is my short distance protector.

Furthermore, the Shield9 proves that price does not always equate excellence. The Shield is a low-priced pistol and yet it is reliable and accurate. In other words, it is excellent.

My shooting at targets with the Shield has been terrific. I am able to print small lethal patterns at defensive distances as well with it as I had done with either a high priced Ed Brown 1911 or a modestly priced Ruger GP100 revolver.

I have read many posts complaining about problems with the Shield 9. Many of these problems appear to be similar to what I had with other brands of semiautomatics. My suggestion to those who have these complaints is to work through their issues as best you can; either by yourself, with the help of other shooters or S&W. When you do successfully resolve your issues, you will find the Shield 9 to be every bit the fine pistol I find mine to be.

Stay safe and good shooting!
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Old April 22nd, 2017, 05:16 AM   #2
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I have been extremely happy with the 40 and 45 versions I own.
Never have had an issue with either the firearm or its operation and they both eat every brand and type of ammo Ive tried.

Great gun for a reasonable price. Reliable and a curate and easy to carry concealed.




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aimtrue, We both started nearly together except I was Air Force. I also love the Shield. I had a very early one & got rid of it because it was so hard to rack. 2 month's ago I got my second one, a ported one & I love it. I can put a mag full into a small head target at 25' . I put a TLR6 light /laser on it & it works great.

I collected Civil War carbines & revolvers back in 1950 & 60. Had a bunch, but sold them. Dumb,dumb.
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Old April 22nd, 2017, 10:08 AM   #4
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I agree with you. I've bought and sold Shield to buy other guns, but always come back to them.

They carry great. I have a 9 PC, but will possibly change the sights to Tru Glo.

Even though I had to send my 45 Shield back to Smith, I love how it carries. I should be getting it back very soon.



I also have other MP pistols that I'm very happy with.
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Aimtrue, well stated. At first, I was not overly pleased with the Shield, but now that the issues have resolved, I find it a superb pistol for defense. I am also of the age to think about divesting myself of extra guns.
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I can't disagree. Both of my Shield run very well!
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Another big thumbs up on the Shields!

Now, selling off the rest of my stuff is another matter (ain't gonna happen).
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Another big thumbs up on the Shields!

Now, selling off the rest of my stuff is another matter (ain't gonna happen).
I fully understand your thinking. I felt the same way for many years. Then, father time nudged me to think that at my age if I failed to reduce my collection, then my dear wife would be left with the burden to do so when I am gone. Being at the same age, this would be an impossible task for her.

In many ways when I gifted one of my rifles or pistols to another person, it was if a family member had flown the nest. My consolation has been that the majority of my guns have been given to brave youngsters in the military and to friends in law enforcement.

I hate selling off my weapons. The thought that they might be used for a nefarious purpose nags at me. This is why I chose most often to gift them to those I know rather than sell them to persons I do not know.

So, I say to you, keep your firearms as long as you are able to do so. But, take great care in the manner in which you dispose of them.
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We`re ALL going to be at that point one day when we have to part ways with our guns.
I`ve already made a list that i keep in my gun safe to whom i want my guns to go to when i die.
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We`re ALL going to be at that point one day when we have to part ways with our guns.
I`ve already made a list that i keep in my gun safe to whom i want my guns to go to when i die.


Unless it is in your will the list may or may not get followed depending on whom is the holder of the safe.

The ones DAD wanted to be sure I got have already come to me from him.
Any others are listed in his/moms will(s).

When I get off my duff and make one (I know I should do it) all mine will be set up that way. If I survive life on this rock long enough to get to the point I will as dad did pass them where they need to go.




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Unless it is in your will the list may or may not get followed depending on whom is the holder of the safe.
Very true! If you have a will, you can attach a codicil easily without having to redo the will.

I have my great-grandfather's British Bulldog that my grandad used as his hog pistol. It doesn't have much, if any real value and I need to go ahead and give it to a relative. Problem is, we had girls and they're all scared of guns. I do have a neat a great nephew who's an avid hunter and outdoorsman so that might be my solution.
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I fully understand your thinking. I felt the same way for many years. Then, father time nudged me to think that at my age if I failed to reduce my collection, then my dear wife would be left with the burden to do so when I am gone. Being at the same age, this would be an impossible task for her.

In many ways when I gifted one of my rifles or pistols to another person, it was if a family member had flown the nest. My consolation has been that the majority of my guns have been given to brave youngsters in the military and to friends in law enforcement.

I hate selling off my weapons. The thought that they might be used for a nefarious purpose nags at me. This is why I chose most often to gift them to those I know rather than sell them to persons I do not know.

So, I say to you, keep your firearms as long as you are able to do so. But, take great care in the manner in which you dispose of them.
Well, at 66 plus years old, I'm still carrying them, and competing regularly.

If the time ever comes when I feel the need to get rid of them; my son will be the recipient.

I have my mother's guns, and I'm afraid I'll be getting Dad's before too much longer (but I hope not).
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