A friend and I scored two new S&W M&P Shields in Central Texas yesterday - at two different stores in two different towns. This morning I loaded both the 7rd and 8rd magazines so the springs could compress and loosen up a little. However, I accidentally left the 8rd magazine at the office. For the first five or so magazines I shot, I loaded the 7rd magazine to capacity, chambered a round then topped off the magazine to utilize the full capacity of the pistol and try to induce a jam from stiff springs if possible. The 7rd magazine was a little more difficult to load than the 8rd. The 7rd magazine was definitely more difficult to seat in the magazine well when the slide was closed. This is a potential drawback, making a magazine change on a closed slide quite difficult in a crisis situation. However, it is unlikely one would do a tactical reload with a smaller capacity pistol. Probably a non-issue. I shot: (26) rounds of standard Winchester 115 gr. FMJ range ammo (22) rounds of Winchester 124 gr. NATO (7) rounds of Speer Gold Dot 124 gr. HP (10) rounds of 3.8 gr. Titegroup, 124 gr. plated light reloads 65 Total rounds fired, maybe more. I might not have found all the cases. Most of the magazines only had one type of ammo loaded at a time, but I varied the type of ammo with each magazine. That is, I didn't load and shoot just one type of ammo until I moved on the the next type. It was random. Feeding was 100%. Accuracy was very good when I did my part. Recoil was very manageable but seemed like the recoil of .40 S&W rounds in a Glock 23. Sights are great. Oil oozed like crazy from every opening. The pistol felt good in the hand. It looks robust and strong for a small pistol (not flimsy or toy like). The trigger feels like a Glock but has a heavier final pull before the trigger breaks (6-6.5lbs). The trigger has a very short reset point, making follow up shots very fast if needed. I hope the trigger gets a little lighter with use/wear, but it is much better than the long heavy trigger pull of the Ruger LC9 I owned. Overall, I am very impressed. My only concerns are the difficulty of seating a 7rd magazine and the heavier trigger pull (for accuracy). I wish it didn't have a manual safety. I would already trust it for concealed carry since it fed 100% reliably. It is the best compact single stack 9mm I've shot so far. I haven't read any threads about the Shield so these are my unbiased observations. I also ordered a Kahr CW9 this past weekend, thinking I didn't have much hope of finding a Shield. I can't wait to get it and compare the two. I'm keeping both.