How good is the S&W Shield 9mm?

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  1. B C

    B C

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    Wanting to pick up either a S&W Shield or a Glock 43. The $250 price tag on the Shield a long with $20 mags is pretty attractive, so I'm wondering how nice the gun is from people that own it or own both.
     
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    redneck ron Displaced Hillbilly

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    I have a 2.0 Shield 9mm, and my wife has a 43. I not only shoot the Shield better, it is more enjoyable to shoot as well. Factory 8 round mags is a plus for the Shield as well.
     

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    I don't own either, but the new 4"' Shields, might be worth checking out.

    Thought I would post this, for those who may be unaware of Smith's new Shields.

    Edit: The Shield, has garnered an exceptional track record, the G43 as well!

    https://www.smith-wesson.com/

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    Valmet M62/76 Silver Member

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    I prefer the Glock 43 myself. Neither are “small” really but I find that the Shield, while thin, feels bigger than the 43 in my hands. Almost like crushing a stress ball, the more you squeeze it, the greater surface area it takes up.
     
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    S&W has military appreciation rebates.
     
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    is too good for me . already had 4 and looking for more. don't know why I cant stop buying them.
     
  7. michael_b

    michael_b Elementary, my dear Watson.

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    Customers I’ve talked to think the performance center ones are not worth the price.

    The one I’ve talked to say the trigger has a barely perceptible difference over stock.

    I’ve only ever fired the Shield EZ and I like it.
     
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    Where is it $250?
     
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    Biggsly Good looking deplorable

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    I sold the G42 after shooting the Shield. It is what I carry every day now.
     
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    The Shield has more options; Higher capacity magazines and the option of a manual safety for example, and at half the price. Very comfortable to shoot. I own a Shield and I've owned a G43, I much prefer the Shield. For the price of a G43 you can get a Shield, add night sights and a nice holster and have change left over for ammo.
     
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    Yeah, I believe that! The current Performance Center, can't hold a candle to the original!
     
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    I carry both of them; the Shield 1.0 and G43. The Shield has an Apex Tactical hard sear and Strike Industries magazine extension. The G43 has a Taran Tactical connector and magazine extensions. I shoot and like them both equally.
     
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    I should add, I got rid of the G43 but still have the Shield. If I didn't carry the Ruger LC9s I'd carry the Shield. The G43 is simply inferior to other single-stack 9mm's.
     
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    I have one, and my wife has one. Both have been reliable and good shooters.
     
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    I bought a Shield 2.0 just over two months ago and have about 200+ rounds through it. I went through a selection process and evaluated (shot) the P365, LC9S, kahr, G43 and handled others. The Shield was the one that spoke to me. The others were good, I'm not about to talk them down. So far I have no regrets about my selection of the Shield.
     
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    Good guns, though I prefer the G43.
     
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    I’ve CC a Shield9 1.0 for about 8 months now, over 500 rounds thru it without a hitch. if the 43X was available I would have bought it, because I have big hands I took a shield over a G43.


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    Just why I prefer the shield in hand fit. The 43 is too small for me. Though I strongly dislike the M&P hinged trigger.

    Prefer the Glock 26 to either.
     
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    I have the original Shield v1.
    I like it a lot. The 2.0 has a pretty abrasive grip texture.
    If you wear it IWB with no undershirt it can rub you pretty good.

    The 43 is excellent as well. The 43 may carry a little easier.
    Both are great choose the one that feels best you.
     
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