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How about the S&W M&P 9mm Shield?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by M2 Carbine, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. vtducrider


    Nov 13, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Best carry option I have, for the size, weight and caliber. It conceals very well with the flush fit mag. I can get more pinky on it than with a G26. Accuracy isn't the greatest, 3-4" for me at 10 yards (Federal 124gr HST), but that is to be expected. Overall a clear winner.
  2. gocubs6


    Aug 16, 2010
    My friend has a XDS and I have a Shield. We put them right next to each other and they are virtually identical. The XDS is just about as close to a Glock as you can get. But, I like my Shield w/ the Apex parts better. The Shield has a lot more sight and other options as well.

    That being said, the XDS 9 will be coming home w/ me very likely. Based on their specs, it will have one more round in the extended mag than the Shield. I like the grip safety more than the small safety. However, I haven't got a chance to shoot the XDS yet, so I don't know if it will have any engagement problems. I had a full size XDM and the grip safety had zero issues.

  3. RangerWolf


    Nov 23, 2012
    I like my 9mm Shield with one exception: the safety lever is difficult to operate. If it were full off, Ok, but many times I have to actually look at the lever to know in what position it is. I prefer my thumb to do that, not my eyes. OTherwise a fine carry pistol. Smooth and accurate.
  4. PhotoFeller


    Nov 18, 2010
    SW Florida
    The Shield in .40 that I looked at recently gave me the impression that the safety is difficult to operate.

    I was drawn to the Shield by positive performance reports and the manual safety feature. I'm less interested now because the safety lever seems undersized and awkward to engage/disengage.
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2013
  5. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine

    Dec 21, 2002
    I'm not too concerned with engaging the safety but I don't want any trouble disengaging it.

    I'm sure hand shape/size has something to do with it but my thumb easily disengages the safety.

    In fact I like the safety being small so there's less chance of inadvertently moving it ON.

    I've been searching for mags (I like a lot of mags for practice) but I haven't found any "in stock".

    I just had a thought.
    Wouldn't it be nice if by the time I can hold the gun in my right hand, Texas passed "open carry". :)
    Probably won't happen though.
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2013
  6. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    Congrats! I can't wait to actually see one in person.
  7. Bob Hafler

    Bob Hafler

    Sep 13, 2011
    Nice pistol. I never shot one but I did have one in my hands at the local GS. I thought the ergos were good and the overall balance of the gun was good. Having said all those nice things about how I felt about the pistol. I can't see me ever liking it better than the Kahr PM9 that I've been carry on my hip for the last two years. It is a nice pistol though for sure. Congrats
  8. One of my buddies and I were both watching for a Shield to come to one of the local stores, and nothing was showing up. He ended up buying a Kahr PM9 which is nice but the trigger pull is about nine inches.

    So I walk into the Trading Post one day couple weeks back, and here's this Shield (9). Never had held nor seen one until then. They had put it in the case like an hour before I walked in. Gave them 395 bucks and walked out with it.

    Shot it a couple times now, it's the perfect balance of a small pistol for me, the real small ones I can't even hang on to. Good trigger and I can shoot it well off hand.

  9. SamRudolph


    Nov 19, 2010
    I like mine a lot. It is markedly easier to shoot, IMHO, than the Kahr PM9 or P9. The safety is a bad feature, very positive on/off click, but hard to activate. I solved that problem by never using it.

    I want an XDs, too, though.
  10. byf43

    byf43 NRA Life Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    Southern Maryland
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  11. WayneJessie


    Jan 12, 2013
    Down here in NC they've been getting $150 over list before Sandy Hook. I e-mailed S&W about it and they said they were aware of dealers selling that high and were not pleased about it. No way would I pay that for one. I purchased a LC9,did the Galloway trigger mods, threw the mag safety in the trash and have not regretted it. I'm sure it's a good gun but for $700 I can buy quite a bit more for the money.
  12. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine

    Dec 21, 2002
  13. byf43

    byf43 NRA Life Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    Southern Maryland
    ^^^ Anytime, Sir!!
  14. ceril


    Jul 5, 2010
    I got a 9mm shield yesterday. A friend of mine was on vacation and went into Alexander's in Blairsville GA and they had them in stock. I paid MSRP plus overnight shipping and tax. Total was $506.49. Put 150 rounds through it about 4 hours ago. Had 1 failure to fire but I think the slide didn't go into battery fully. Other than that it was fine. I need to shoot it more and test the slide issue. I did like it a lot, shot much better with the 8 rd magazine. The guy I spoke to Lee said they have about 20 in stock as of yesterday. I paid via credit card and everything went smooth. The store's info is below if anyone is looking for one. Good luck!

    4482 town creek school road
    Blairsville GA


    Sep 18, 2008
    Gainesville, FL
    Good info, Ceril. Thanks for sharing.
  16. AtlantaR6


    Jul 29, 2004
    You the man! Went up today and bought one $449. Lee said they had 31 on Jan 30th, down to 5. It helps they are in the mountains 2 hours from Atlanta
  17. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine

    Dec 21, 2002
    I got a e-mail today. The magazines are in the mail.:)

    Now I just have to get my friends to shoot the gun again, maybe Sunday.

    This morning, again my therapist (she's a shooter) told me don't shoot anything bigger than a 22.
  18. eracer

    eracer Where's my EBT?

    Apr 5, 2011
    Tampa, FL
    I wish I could find one. I'd carry it in my pocket instead of the LCR that sits in there now.

    I will own one.
  19. LSglock89


    Jun 28, 2011
    Mansfield, Ohio
    Just picked one up today at my local shop for $439.99 + tax. $469.69 OTD

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