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Old January 2nd, 2017, 06:35 PM   #1
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Howdy guys!

I am John, and I have been searching around the internet trying to find a solid network/community of M&P know-it-alls! I am 24 and bought my first handgun a month ago or so. After all was said and done, I walked out of Cabelas with a wicked Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm.

Given I live in Wisconsin and all I got my CCW before I ever had a pistol, but now I actually can carry!

Carrying this gun feels phenomenal, its slim profile makes it almost unnoticeable. Currently using a cheap UncleMike's IWB holster (wearing it at 6 o'clock), seems to do the trick for the time being to get me started, but I will be wanting to graduate to something that doesn't bulge as much when wearing it at 3/4 o'clock.

Happy to join, and am looking to be active. I do not shoot as much as I want, but am looking to get more involved as I finally landed a decent salary after getting my degree (cause you need money to shoot you know, who would've thought 50 rounds disappears in about a couple minutes even if you are being careful!).

I am also looking for advice on how to handle & shoot this gun. My family and extended family have hunted for generations, so we are all very safety conscious and smart gun handlers. We however lack Military and Law Enforcement experience. Obviously I am not saying people without M&P experience lack skills on how to handle firearms, but it certainly helps.

Thanks everyone!

-John
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Howdy guys!

I am John, and I have been searching around the internet trying to find a solid network/community of M&P know-it-alls! I am 24 and bought my first handgun a month ago or so. After all was said and done, I walked out of Cabelas with a wicked Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm.

Given I live in Wisconsin and all I got my CCW before I ever had a pistol, but now I actually can carry!

Carrying this gun feels phenomenal, its slim profile makes it almost unnoticeable. Currently using a cheap UncleMike's IWB holster (wearing it at 6 o'clock), seems to do the trick for the time being to get me started, but I will be wanting to graduate to something that doesn't bulge as much when wearing it at 3/4 o'clock.

Happy to join, and am looking to be active. I do not shoot as much as I want, but am looking to get more involved as I finally landed a decent salary after getting my degree (cause you need money to shoot you know, who would've thought 50 rounds disappears in about a couple minutes even if you are being careful!).

I am also looking for advice on how to handle & shoot this gun. My family and extended family have hunted for generations, so we are all very safety conscious and smart gun handlers. We however lack Military and Law Enforcement experience. Obviously I am not saying people without M&P experience lack skills on how to handle firearms, but it certainly helps.

Thanks everyone!

-John
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are you an active member in any gun clubs in your area...??? I`m sure there are some well trained people at the local level where you live that could give you some really good tips. I would not look to deeply into military or law enforcement for training, as that is a totally different element all by itself. (sometimes these type of folk aren`t your best bet to learn from early on...shall we say baby steps first) In the same words though, dont totally overlook it either. We ALL can learn from others, as long as we follow the rules of firearm safety first.

Alot of it is just basic common sense. To handle your weapon... practice with consistency, with perfect consistency, comes speed and efficiency. Some things will be awkward at first, but trust me, you will overcome. Alot of what you`ll learn is muscle memory... this comes with consistency thru LOTS of practice. If your gun has a frame mounted safety, learn to work with it. Your safety should already be knocked "OFF" before you even clear your holster. And most of all, NEVER put your finger on the trigger UNTIL you are on your target... no room for error here. Best advice i can ever give someone, never pull that weapon unless you plan on killing what you shoot at.

As for the holster, you pretty much have to decide exactly how your going to carry the weapon... there are way to many choices out there today, but thats not always a bad thing. Choose the easiest form of access to the weapon is the very first thing i look at. Spare no dollar when it comes to a GOOD holster system, and one that fits you very well and secures that weapon 100%. A good test for a holster, turn the holster upside down, does your weapon stay secure, or does it fall out of the holster. I wont buy a holster where the gun can fall out of it if i`m in a bad situation. Holsters with adjustable retention are a must, as the holster wears, it needs to be adjusted. You`ll see this mostly with Kydex type holsters. Personally, i like the OWB leather holster with a "thumb snap over" security strap to surely secure my weapon. A leather holster is more comfortable for me... it might be different for you. I posted a link in this forum with tons of holsters out there today... if somebody locates it, hopefully they`ll post it in here for you. Theres alot of info in it.

Here is one thing you can do right away to get better with, the trigger pull. Make sure your weapon is cleared...FIRST. Pull your weapon up, rack the slide, see how long it takes you to pull the trigger WITHOUT your front sight moving. Practice this 100 times a night. You`ll notice real quick how hard this is to do. Do not get frustrated, this is one of the hardest things to overcome. Try different holds on the gun grip until you get this down. Before you actually do a live fire, MAKE SURE your thumbs are both on the left side of the slide (if your a right handed shooter...opposite if left handed). If you`ve never been bit by a slide before, its something you wont ever forget, if it happens to you. Keep a high grip on the gun at all times. Just make sure your hands clear the slide coming back at you.

Most of what you really need to never lose sight of, carrying a gun comes with more responsibility than you`ll ever think.
Let me add, its kool to have your first handgun, but refrain from showing it off and bringing UNWANTED attention to yourself.
Your best friend is silence and be unseen when you carry... never show it off, never brag about it, theres tons of people that frown on guns, and YOU carrying it.

Congrats on the 9mm shield... great choice, great weapon...!

Be smart, be professional, most of all, be safe...!

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Old January 3rd, 2017, 02:40 AM   #6
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Welcome from Milwaukee, John!

You'll get plenty of M&P info right here. Many Shield users, too.
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Old January 3rd, 2017, 10:18 AM   #9
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Welcome from Texas! Good Choice on the Shield. I own a few Shields myself and carry one everywhere that I go. I use a Comptac Ctac for IWB carry and a Bianchi Model 57 for OWB. Both work real well.
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Wow I can't believe the traffic on the post already. Sorry I haven't responded throughout the day, I get most of my leisure time after work.

Certainly gun safety is the utmost important aspect of all gun handling. I'm a hunter and live and breath by the rules preached by hunter safety.

As of right now I wouldn't say I'm a very active member within my local community. My Technical College recently opened a state of the art indoor shooting facility. I recently became a member there and shoot there every so often. I plan to do most of my practice there. It is ran by Criminal Justice instructors and the local municipality police department & sheriffs department.

For holsters, I was looking into the Alienware brand. They seem to look pretty comfortable and I've been reading that you want something with belt loops versus just clips as this can offer you greater security of the gun/holster when in a pinch.

When you mention practicing 100 times a night. Is dry firing going to hurt the gun? Also, can you explain more on, moving the gun without moving the front sights?

Also, yes, I understand the point of a conceal carry is to not advertise the fact you are carrying.

Thanks everyone!
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Welcome to the Neighborhood John!
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Welcome from a FIB. Did you take a class to obtain your carry license/permit? If so head back there and ask for some basic handling and shooting lessons/help.
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Old January 3rd, 2017, 06:53 PM   #13
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Welcome from a FIB. Did you take a class to obtain your carry license/permit? If so head back there and ask for some basic handling and shooting lessons/help.


No, I had Hunter Safety. Every gun is different and every person seems to have a different preference on grip based on the gun as well as the individuals hand size.
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Wow I can't believe the traffic on the post already. Sorry I haven't responded throughout the day, I get most of my leisure time after work.

Certainly gun safety is the utmost important aspect of all gun handling. I'm a hunter and live and breath by the rules preached by hunter safety.

As of right now I wouldn't say I'm a very active member within my local community. My Technical College recently opened a state of the art indoor shooting facility. I recently became a member there and shoot there every so often. I plan to do most of my practice there. It is ran by Criminal Justice instructors and the local municipality police department & sheriffs department.

For holsters, I was looking into the Alienware brand. They seem to look pretty comfortable and I've been reading that you want something with belt loops versus just clips as this can offer you greater security of the gun/holster when in a pinch.

When you mention practicing 100 times a night. Is dry firing going to hurt the gun? Also, can you explain more on, moving the gun without moving the front sights?

Also, yes, I understand the point of a conceal carry is to not advertise the fact you are carrying.

Thanks everyone!
What i mean on 100 times a night... is "practice pulling the trigger" (dry fire) and see if you can keep the front sight from moving all over the place during the pull. After the trigger breaks, your front sight still wants to be on the target. This is the first step in learning trigger control. Lots and lots of practice, you`ll get it. What your looking to do here is, is to see how steady you can keep the front sight on a target focal point WITHOUT the gun moving around during trigger practice`s.

Noooooo, you will NOT hurt that shield at all dry firing it.
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What i mean on 100 times a night... is "practice pulling the trigger" (dry fire) and see if you can keep the front sight from moving all over the place during the pull. After the trigger breaks, your front sight still wants to be on the target. This is the first step in learning trigger control. Lots and lots of practice, you`ll get it. What your looking to do here is, is to see how steady you can keep the front sight on a target focal point WITHOUT the gun moving around during trigger practice`s.

Noooooo, you will NOT hurt that shield at all dry firing it.
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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