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This is a discussion on New Member: Wisconsin S&W Shield 9mm within the New Users forums, part of the Lobby category; Originally Posted by Wisbballfn15 Thanks for clarifying! That makes sense. Is this what some people complain about the Shield? The tough trigger? Or is that ...


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Old January 4th, 2017, 09:20 PM   #16
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Thanks for clarifying! That makes sense. Is this what some people complain about the Shield? The tough trigger? Or is that usually a common complaint because the gun/trigger itself is not broken in yet?
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Old January 5th, 2017, 08:22 AM   #17
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For the $$$$$$$$$$$$, you made a good choice. When you mentioned the school and the new range, I knew exactly where you were talking about. I attended that school back in the middle 70's when it was called something a bit different. I haven't had a chance to check the range out. My doctor told me about the place, otherwise I never had heard of the new range. I used to belong to the Saukville Gun Club, nice facility, and only $75 a year. I gave up my membership last year, and joined a gun club up north by my other property. $20 a year, and I have NEVER seen anyone else there. It's a dream place to shoot. The membership allows them to raise and release birds for hunting, and mainly gets kids in to hunting and safety, and clay shooting. They have a great place for shooting clays. Keeps the kids off the streets. I only shoot outside......Too expensive to go to those indoor ranges. These M&P triggers take some time to get used to. I've found that I use the tip of my trigger finger for better accuracy. The dry firing that you were talking about......................you put a coin on the end of the barrel, and dry fire without the coin falling off. It's a good idea, but nothing replaces lots of rounds down range. No one ever said it was a cheap hobby. The wife and I have gotten rid of all of our target guns, own all small carry firearms, and strictly practice for self defense now. I must admit that they all have better triggers than the M&P line, but with a bit of practice, the S&W's do the job. You may want to befriend someone at the range, to help you along a bit. Learning every day, a bit of help never hurts. Don't ever be afraid to ask for help. You'd be surprised how many people are willing to help. The shooting community are some of the nicest people you'd ever want to meet. Since you got your license through a Hunter Safety program, you'd better hook up with someone who can explain the carry laws around here to you. For example, you drive somewhere and you leave your firearm in your vehicle, because you can't take it with you. If you don't have that firearm locked up in a suitable car safe, if your vehicle is stolen, and they find the firearm and use it, they will hang you out to dry and deem you responsible for what ever this other person does with it. It's the one thing I see people do the most, besides that booger picker on the trigger........................................... ...

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For the $$$$$$$$$$$$, you made a good choice. When you mentioned the school and the new range, I knew exactly where you were talking about. I attended that school back in the middle 70's when it was called something a bit different. I haven't had a chance to check the range out. My doctor told me about the place, otherwise I never had heard of the new range. I used to belong to the Saukville Gun Club, nice facility, and only $75 a year. I gave up my membership last year, and joined a gun club up north by my other property. $20 a year, and I have NEVER seen anyone else there. It's a dream place to shoot. The membership allows them to raise and release birds for hunting, and mainly gets kids in to hunting and safety, and clay shooting. They have a great place for shooting clays. Keeps the kids off the streets. I only shoot outside......Too expensive to go to those indoor ranges. These M&P triggers take some time to get used to. I've found that I use the tip of my trigger finger for better accuracy. The dry firing that you were talking about......................you put a coin on the end of the barrel, and dry fire without the coin falling off. It's a good idea, but nothing replaces lots of rounds down range. No one ever said it was a cheap hobby. The wife and I have gotten rid of all of our target guns, own all small carry firearms, and strictly practice for self defense now. I must admit that they all have better triggers than the M&P line, but with a bit of practice, the S&W's do the job. You may want to befriend someone at the range, to help you along a bit. Learning every day, a bit of help never hurts. Don't ever be afraid to ask for help. You'd be surprised how many people are willing to help. The shooting community are some of the nicest people you'd ever want to meet. Since you got your license through a Hunter Safety program, you'd better hook up with someone who can explain the carry laws around here to you. For example, you drive somewhere and you leave your firearm in your vehicle, because you can't take it with you. If you don't have that firearm locked up in a suitable car safe, if your vehicle is stolen, and they find the firearm and use it, they will hang you out to dry and deem you responsible for what ever this other person does with it. It's the one thing I see people do the most, besides that booger picker on the trigger........................................... ...


Well thanks! Yea if you get a chance to get to that range, it's pretty nice by my standards. Where up north are you talking about? My family owns a cottage up near Crivitz. $20 a year sounds like a great contribution if it's near me.

Coin on the barrel sounds like a fantastic way to practice accuracy while keeping the sights in line with each other. I'll start doing this.

I as well have found the tip of my finger to be better, but am worried that it would be one more thing to worry about in a high pressure situation. So I'm trying to practice using my whole index finger.

I have contacts in the Waukesha County Sherriffs department, so they have explained a lot of the local carry laws to me. I also have a Patriot gun safe for the car
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I was born and raised in Waukesha and lived there for 45 years. I'm in Milwaukee County now. My other place is in Necedah. I am very familiar with Crivitz. Almost bought property there. I go up north every other week, and sometimes every week, so I get to shoot outside often. I can shoot on my property if I so choose, but I like to keep my neighbor's happy, even though they aren't that close to me. There are many firearm owners in my area, but out of respect, and because it's cheap, we shoot in designated areas to keep the hood quiet. I'll have to check out the school range sometime. In a high pressure situation, you won't remember where your trigger finger was, or the recoil, or much else. Just hope it never happens. That's why, whenever I hear about people putting trigger systems in their M&P or Shield, I laugh. Useless in a compact, because it's not a target gun, and useless for protection, because you won't remember how the trigger felt anyway, and it's a dangerous way to carry. Too much like a Gluck. Waste of money. If anything, better sights would be of more help. IMHO, you can put a $150 trigger and $100 sights on, and it's still a $400 firearm. Unless you plan on keeping it forever, you'll never get your money out of it. I traded a 1911 model for my M&P. Tried to like the 1911 model, but just couldn't warm up to it. Too used to sa/da and striker firearms. What the Shield and M&P have going for them, is that they are pretty reliable, they carry well, they have decent sights, they have an ok trigger for carry, parts are cheap, mags are cheap, and they have a good price point. Compared to my HK, it's like night and day, but like I said, for the money, you can't beat em............
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Old January 31st, 2017, 02:27 PM   #21
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Welcome John from a Middle Tennessean. I love my Shield, good choice. Easy to break down and clean...shoot it and get comfortable with it.
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John -

The trigger will break in. I'm not real familiar with the Shield. I have an M&P40 & a 40C. On both I found that polishing the point on the trigger bar that comes in contact with the striker block with a mild abrasive (some use toothpaste to finish it off) will make the trigger smoother. You can check it by running your thumbnail across the contacting surface. It will probably feel rough. Get it so the roughness is gone then stop there. Don't go too far with it. That's a stamped part & the roughness comes from the cutting process or so I've been told.

I like my triggers with about a 6 lb. pull for concealed carry. Both my M&Ps are about 6.5 lbs. from the factory or a trifle less. I definitely don't want a hair trigger. By smoothing out the trigger bar they feel lighter.
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