I luckily came across a new S&W Shield when they first came out and snatched it up on the spot. I like the feel of the thinner grip afforded by the almost single stack magazine. Mine has fed all types of 9mm ammo flawlessly including NATO and Speer GDHP+P. The slide and frame are well made and solid. The sights are very good. There are two things I don't like about the Shield: 1. I don't like the fact that the lower capacity 7rd magazine is very hard to seat with a closed slide when loaded to capacity. So, I download the magazine by one round. You can shove it in there, but it has to wear on the magazine catch. The included higher capacity 8rd magazine is easy to seat with a closed slide when fully loaded. 2. I don't like the heavier trigger pull. The trigger pull on mine is about 6.5 lbs. Not a big deal for a small defense handgun, but I wish it was 1.0-1.5 lbs lighter. It's a keeper! S&W hit a home run with this pistol. They are going to sell a ton of Shields. Glock waited too long and missed a great opportunity.