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Old April 17th, 2012, 06:03 AM   #1
 
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LC9 and M&P9 Shield comparison with pics

Well, there's the M&P9 shield and the LC9. To me, there's enough difference between the two, they really aren't in the same catagory.

The LC9 feels slimmer and will carry with less intrusion than the M&P9 Shield. I'm probably one of the few that actually like the LC9 trigger, albeit long, mine is super smooth and I'm very accurate with it. The M&P breaks much quicker and is a great trigger, but it's really hard to compare the two here.

Using the flush fit magazine, as it is now, I prefer the feel of the LC9 in my hand. While the grips are similarly slim, the grip on the M&P has more depth, making it feel a bit slimmer, somewhat out of proportion compared to the LC9.

Recoil between the two seemed nearly identical. To keep things even, I shot some of my 115 gn Rainier plated reloads in both. Already knowing the LC9 shot them well, the M&P had no trouble with them at all. Shootability felt better with the extended magazine in the M&P and gave me a full grip.

Fit and finish of my M&P seem to be excellent, no pitting anywhere that I could find. The sight's dots are a bit bigger on the M&P and are very nice for staying on target. Honestly, I'd heard about the 'audible' click with the trigger reset, but I didn't notice it.

I tried the M&P in the Desantis Soft Tuck holster that I use for the LC9, and while I was able to force it in, it's just not going to work as the bulkier barrel end just grabs the holster and hangs on. I'm thinking a form fitted leather or kydex holster will be the way to go for the M&P due to the blocky slide. It doesn't lend itself well to sliding in to a holster such as the Desantis Soft tuck as much as the LC9 with it's slender tapered slide.

The M&P really does feel and look like it's big brothers other than being much slimmer in the grip. It's definately a keeper and gives the impression of being more work oriented than the LC9.

The take down lever stays in place, as opposed to the take down lever on my M&P40c. As far as the safety is concerned, if you don't like a safety, simply leave it off. It's stout, and unobtrusive. I don't see any way for it to accidentally get bumped on or off.




















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Old April 17th, 2012, 06:16 AM   #2
 
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Great comparison photos......thanks !
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Thanks for the pictures. I'm waiting for the .40.
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I love my M&P40c but the LC9 seems like the more compact of the two here.
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LC9 more compact, it really is.

Anyone transitioning from the M&P platform (or the Glock or SR series Ruger pistols) will have no problems operating the shield. Other than the slimmer grip, it feels the same, trigger and all.

Going from a M&P to the LC9 would be a big adjustment getting used to the trigger. I like the trigger on the LC9, I've pretty much decided not to install my Galloway trigger/hammer kit. To me, that's part of my enjoyment with guns is adapting to the little variances between the ones I have, not wanting them to all behave the same way.
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Thanks for the pictures. I'm waiting for the .40.
Me too! I'm kinda anxious to see how snappy the shield is in a 40 caliber.
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Great Photos,I will wait on the 40 also. I Lied,coundnt wait ,got the S&W Shield 9mm last week !

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Thanks for the great pictures. I used to have a full size .40 M&P and it was a great gun but in MA we have to have it with a 10lbs trigger because its a DAO w/o a manual safety. I did get a trigger job but it still was nothing like how it is in any free state. There is no doubt this M&P shield will be just as great of a gun as its big brother, or it may be even if it becomes MA complaint due to the manual safety. If the full size M&P's with the safety were MA compliant I would defiantly own one of those. After this being said I'll stick to my LC9 over the Shield because I love to pocket carry and the M&P looks a little thick for the pocket.
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I'll keep my LC9 Thank you
I have 300+ rounds through my LC9 with no problems. It's not a every day shooter for me but most of the time when I'm at the range I'll empty a couple mag through it just to keep me sharp and a good reason to clean and lube it.. Friend had a bad deal with a Smith a few years ago left a bad taste in my mouth. I my warm up to them but love my Rugers !
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Thanks for the report and the excellent comparison pics.

I love my LC9, but admit to being somewhat curious about the Shield. Your pics told me a lot that I wanted to know. As you said, the LC9 does seem to be a little more compact.
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Nice right up! thanks for the photos. I love my M&P 9 but need a pocket carry for the summer. Like the LC9 but will wait to shoot the M&P Sheild before I purchase either one. Need to get the LCR in .357 first!
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I don't think the M&P Shield would be much of a good pocket carry. Although some people pocket carry the LC9, I think it's too big, but it'd be better at it than the shield.
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I'm surprised nobody mentioned the Taurus 709 or 740 slim models. I have both and they're great little shooters, very lightweight, reliable and just about as accurate as most carbine's! I know they're not the greatest name in firearms but these two models in particular fare very well against their competition! For a single stacker, they're certainly worth a look-see. The "two strike" capability is a nifty little option as well. For me, I ordered the XDS-45, if I'm going to be limited to a single stack I want the legendary knockdown of the .45ACP!
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Legendary as in mythical and exaggerated right?
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I'm surprised nobody mentioned the Taurus 709 or 740 slim models. I have both and they're great little shooters, very lightweight, reliable and just about as accurate as most carbine's! I know they're not the greatest name in firearms but these two models in particular fare very well against their competition! For a single stacker, they're certainly worth a look-see. The "two strike" capability is a nifty little option as well. For me, I ordered the XDS-45, if I'm going to be limited to a single stack I want the legendary knockdown of the .45ACP!
Even the greatest names make garbage.
I have a 740 Slim and it has been a very reliable firearm. I still want a Shield though. I do not like the LCx series but a friend owns one and he likes it. The XDs seems nice but it is .45 only so I will wait for a .40 or 9mm version.

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