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Old March 5th, 2017, 11:37 AM   #1
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Just bought my first semi auto and going to ramp up my skills if possible. Got the Shield 9 and joined a gun club. Nice outdoor range with all the goodies. Rifle range, skeet, handguns, archery, and some highly qualified instructors. Training includes CCP which I am going to in three weeks (last one lapsed and it was a while back). Tactical training is offered too and I see the value and plan to pursue this also.

The point of this post... It is hard to get proficient without sending a lot of lead down range and I am considering getting a .22 semi to save some money on practice ammo. Ideally I would get a shield chambered in 22 to have my practice gun (almost) identical to my carry weapon. It is not an ideal world so I am looking for a recommendation for a 22 auto. Any comments on topic would be appreciated too.

What gun can you folks recommend that would be most similar in size and weight and general shooting feel to the Shield 9?

Thanks from the coast of SC
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Old March 5th, 2017, 07:20 PM   #2
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S&W doesn't make a 22 Shield, closest thing is the M&P Compact 22.

M&P22 Compact | Smith & Wesson
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Old March 6th, 2017, 10:26 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forum from Oregon! I second the M&P Compact 22. I have one and love it. Think it maybe the closest thing you can get to the Shield in 22. That is why I bought mine.

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Old March 6th, 2017, 12:33 PM   #4
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Dry Fire. Get Ben Stoeger's book.

Even though I shoot competitively at least once a week, I still make dry firing part of of my training regimen.

You can perfect your draw from concealment, practice reloads, trigger control, and getting a good sight picture without sending a single round down range.

Triple check that your firearm is unloaded as well as your mags, and remove ammo from your training room. Your training room would be ideally in a basement so even if all of the above safety advice is ignored, should you let loose live round in dry fire, you lessen the injuries to others.

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Old March 6th, 2017, 01:10 PM   #5
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You can save on the cost of ammo by buying reman on-line, unless you live in CA, but I see you do not.

At Freedom Munitions, you can get 115 grain 9mm reman ammo for .18 per round. That is $90 for 500 rounds.

I have used this ammo with no adverse issues.
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Old March 7th, 2017, 02:28 PM   #7
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22 practice gun

I have a Walther 22 and LOVE it and wish I had bought the 9mm of the Walther because for me the Shield in the 9mm is very hard to rack but I get it done. The Walther is sweet and I go to the range and use the Walther for at least 50 rounds and usually more then switch to the 9mm Shield and shoot at least 50 more rounds. Shield is a dream of a gun, very accurate but that spring is very strong so as I said, have trouble racking it but bought EZ RACK and put them on the gun and it makes it easier to rack now.
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