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Old March 1st, 2013, 03:33 PM   #1
 
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Considering the M&P Shield .40

After some research into my first primary carry, I think I have settled on the M&P Shield 40.

I originally planned on using my Glock 23 (my first handgun which I really like), but after trying 2 holsters and practice carrying in my home, the 23 although a compact, is still a bit too bulky for me to conceal easily. I am not a big guy but do I carry a bit of extra weight in the middle. So in waist band is tough, and wearing outside the 23 is too bulky. Not terrible...just not as easy and transparent as I'd like it. The paddle holster wears best so far.

One of my issues is a self imposed restriction to stay with a .40. I like the idea of keeping my ammo stash simple with both my glock 23 and carry pistol using .40 while my rifles use 223/556. Obviously this limits me a little, but I'm pretty firm on this point.

I looked into the Ruger offerings as I am very happy with my SR556 and Mini 14. I handled and test fired the SR40c. Very nice gun. But after trying the M&P Shield I was really taken with it. Very small and thin for a .40. It was a little more tricky to fire the smaller .40 but nothing that I couldn't handle after a few rounds to get used to it. The SR40c fired well but the size is close enough to my Glock 23 that I do not feel it is significantly better for concealment.

What do you guys think of the Shield? I'd hate to lose my Ruger Card




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I have a shield .40 with a few hundred rounds through it, I couldn't be more pleased. Accuracy is outstanding, reliability aswell. In the early runs they had a magazine drop problem but that has since been resolved. Btw just bought my first ruger, a 10/22, nothing but good to say about it also.
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I shoot a M&P9 Shield and really like it, I use it for my EDC. If the 40 is like the 9 then it is a fantastic pistol. The grip really makes the pistol and it is accurate enough that you may want to make it a range gun like I have done mine. It is easy and confortable to shoot. I will give it a thumbs up for a really good pistol.
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If I were to go S&W semi auto it would be the shield in the .40cal. My daily carry is a Glock 27 which I am very happy with but the shield is a great option and one I'm sure I will check out at some point.
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After some research into my first primary carry, I think I have settled on the M&P Shield 40.

I originally planned on using my Glock 23 (my first handgun which I really like), but after trying 2 holsters and practice carrying in my home, the 23 although a compact, is still a bit too bulky for me to conceal easily. I am not a big guy but do I carry a bit of extra weight in the middle. So in waist band is tough, and wearing outside the 23 is too bulky. Not terrible...just not as easy and transparent as I'd like it. The paddle holster wears best so far.

One of my issues is a self imposed restriction to stay with a .40. I like the idea of keeping my ammo stash simple with both my glock 23 and carry pistol using .40 while my rifles use 223/556. Obviously this limits me a little, but I'm pretty firm on this point.

I looked into the Ruger offerings as I am very happy with my SR556 and Mini 14. I handled and test fired the SR40c. Very nice gun. But after trying the M&P Shield I was really taken with it. Very small and thin for a .40. It was a little more tricky to fire the smaller .40 but nothing that I couldn't handle after a few rounds to get used to it. The SR40c fired well but the size is close enough to my Glock 23 that I do not feel it is significantly better for concealment.

What do you guys think of the Shield? I'd hate to lose my Ruger Card
The Shield is a nice pistol. I'd say one of the best in it's category. But has S&W come out with a .40 version of it yet?

Something else to consider in that range is the XDs. The .40 version should be out any time.
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The Shield is a nice pistol. I'd say one of the best in it's category. But has S&W come out with a .40 version of it yet?

Something else to consider in that range is the XDs. The .40 version should be out any time.
But I've got an SR40c and it's the best .40 I've shot. .40's tend to be too snappy. The Shield in .40 might be. The SR40c really tamed the snap. It's a very controllable .40 with great follow up shots and double taps. Don't rule it out if you haven't shot one.
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Good advice. Thanks for the comments.

I'm going to visit the LGS and range and see if I can range fire both the SR40c and Shield 40 side by side.
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Good advice. Thanks for the comments.

I'm going to visit the LGS and range and see if I can range fire both the SR40c and Shield 40 side by side.
Good decision. I've not fired the Shield. If it shoots as good as the SR40c , it's a good gun.
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