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Old 09-27-2012, 19:52   #1
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Shield mods

Are there any mods in regard to slide release, and safety release controls..? Just got my pistol in, and found them to not be easy to function even in a calm setting... I would actually expect to have trouble quickly releasing the safety in a frantic scenario, and also the slide release if ever a reload was necessary...

This is my fault, after reading so much positive I ordered the pistol without ever have touched one first.. I do realize everything is made flat and flush for concealability, but it's certainly something that would have to change before I would carry it...

Just my personal preference...
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Old 09-27-2012, 19:59   #2
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Read my signature line then remember the 4 rules of gun safety. No where in those rules does it talk about applying a mechanical safety or removing a mechanical safety is the way to be safe. The gun isn't safe or not safe YOU ARE or are not.

They are All loaded
Don't point the muzzle at anything you don't want to destroy
Keep the booger hook off the bang switch until you are really ready to shoot
know your target and what is beyond.

Now, given those above rules I chose Glock perfection without and external safety that I don't have to manipulate when it hits the fan or I carry a Kahr for a backup which also doesn't have an external safety.

Learn to really follow the rules, turn the stop switch to GO and forget it is there.
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Old 09-27-2012, 20:01   #3
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I'd get rid of it before changing something like that.
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Old 09-27-2012, 20:25   #4
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Read my signature line then remember the 4 rules of gun safety. No where in those rules does it talk about applying a mechanical safety or removing a mechanical safety is the way to be safe. The gun isn't safe or not safe YOU ARE or are not.

They are All loaded
Don't point the muzzle at anything you don't want to destroy
Keep the booger hook off the bang switch until you are really ready to shoot
know your target and what is beyond.

Now, given those above rules I chose Glock perfection without and external safety that I don't have to manipulate when it hits the fan or I carry a Kahr for a backup which also doesn't have an external safety.

Learn to really follow the rules, turn the stop switch to GO and forget it is there.
What happens when the stop switch gets accidentally bumped to the on position, you draw your gun and can't figure out why it is not going bang?

If your gun has a safety learn how to use it.

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Old 09-27-2012, 20:36   #5
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learn it or sell it. I shoot 1911 regularly and the thumb safety on the Shield is natural for me.
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Old 09-27-2012, 20:37   #6
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I carry my Shield without the manual safety engaged. It's just like carrying any other M&P.

You don't need to manually operate the slide stop lever to charge your gun from slide lock.
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Old 09-28-2012, 07:40   #7
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I carry my Shield without the manual safety engaged. ...k.
I agree. And for years when issued guns or allowed guns included traditional double/single action pistols my guess is that about 99% were carried daily with the safeties in the off position.
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:21   #8
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I carry my Shield without the manual safety engaged. ...k.
oops double tap.
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Old 09-28-2012, 13:50   #9
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A manual safety on a striker fired gun won't neccesarily make it safer, but on any single action pistol they are a must. If you dedicate yourself to a single action pistol, it's a great idea to have a similar setup on all of your guns IMO.
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:19   #10
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I'll buy it off your hands ..$400
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:33   #11
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It's a slide lock, not a slide release. Use the slingshot method. The safety will get easier with practice. Give yourself some time to get used to a new gun before changing things.
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:49   #12
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Gonna handle it some more today just to get the first impressions a chance to soften... I grew up with 1911's, Beretta 92's, and revolvers that have very positive and "grabable" controls so the slick and smoothed away controls of the shield are the first thing noticed so maybe I need more recliner and TV time...
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:01   #13
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It's a slide lock, not a slide release. Use the slingshot method. The safety will get easier with practice. Give yourself some time to get used to a new gun before changing things.
^^^ I agree with this, ^^^

The safety being 'on' is not a must.

Learn the slingshot method of releasing the slide.
It becomes second-nature, and very fast.

Also, 'straight out of the box', the pistol hasn't been 'broken-in', yet.

Clean it. Shoot the snot out of it.
Repeat as necessary.
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:17   #14
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I can get the safety to disengage on my Shield during the draw but I have to put my thumb up higher than I would on say a 1911 or even the BG380.....yes, it's actually easier on the BG380. I'd like to see someone make a single sided version of the FS M&P thumb safeties for the Shield. As far as the slide catch, I use the overhand method on 100% of my semi-autos.
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Old 09-29-2012, 17:44   #15
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Having one myself, I like the safety small and stiff because I don't use it. The release is small also but I have long thumbs so slapping it down after a mag change is beyond simple.

You could glue something like hard plastic on the faces to extend them if you need to. They're nice pistols, maybe just put some time in and get used to it?
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Old 09-29-2012, 17:53   #16
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There was a thread awhile back that mentioned S&W would send free parts to eliminate the safety by just calling them. Can't find the darn thread.
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Old 09-29-2012, 17:53   #17
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Don't use the safety abs sling shot. Problems solved.


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