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Old April 13, 2012, 07:22 PM   #1
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S&W M&P Shield.....and M&P 45c - It was a good week :)

Picked up my M&P Shield today and headed straight to the range. Coolest thing is this gun was just announced at the NRA show yesterday.

It's of comparable size to the LC9/PF9 but feels much better in my hands than either and has a very good M&P-ish trigger. Only put 96 rounds through it but no issues and very accurate shooter for me.

Also picked up a "new" M&P 45 compact on Wednesday, it has a Apex Duty kit in it and was broken from the factory 3 years ago. I fixed it and got it for a really good deal. This thing drives tacks and shoots point of aim for me, i'm thinking this will eventually become my carry gun.

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Old April 13, 2012, 07:37 PM   #2
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Nice collection! Which model do you prefer the most?
I'm considering the M&P45c myself.
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Old April 13, 2012, 07:42 PM   #3
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First time out with the 45c and it shoots better than any handgun I currently own(10-15 have to count).

The Shield for the most part shot one nice 3-4" hole at 7 yards, not bad for 94 rounds. Shot it off hand but those don't count.
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Old April 13, 2012, 07:45 PM   #4
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Saw the Shield at the NRA convention today. Looked like a nice piece and it fits the hand better than some of the other micro 9mm guns I've held- glad yours shoots well.
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Old April 13, 2012, 08:11 PM   #5
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A couple in the hand pics.



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Old April 13, 2012, 08:37 PM   #6
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Very nice, congrats. Good pics too. Enjoy!
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Old April 13, 2012, 09:19 PM   #7
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I got an email last night from S&W about the Shield: it's just what I've been looking for. I went to Cabela's today and purchased it. The Cabela's people who helped me had not heard of it yet, but they were very interested when they saw it. I can't wait to go to the range.
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Old April 13, 2012, 09:35 PM   #8
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Mine was a dream to shoot at the range.

The trigger is miles ahead of the LC9 and PF9, and more what I am used to compared to the Kahr CW9.

S&W has a winner on their hands with the Shield.
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Old April 13, 2012, 09:37 PM   #9
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Old April 13, 2012, 09:43 PM   #10
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Price? we must know!
MSRP - $449
Street Price - $399
My price -

I got the buddy/employee discount, but i'm also making a holster for his LCR for free.
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Old April 13, 2012, 09:49 PM   #11
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Very cool. I don't own any of the M&P line but the new Shield does look nice.
What is the magazine capacity? Do they make grip extensions for the mag yet?
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Old April 13, 2012, 10:14 PM   #12
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Nice pistols. I have not seen one myself. Probably gonna check out my LGS and sports stores to see if they have them yet.
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Old April 13, 2012, 10:23 PM   #13
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has a very good M&P-ish trigger
That is an oxymoron to me. Sorry I am glad you enjoy it, but my past experience with the M&P have not led me to say anything good about the trigger.
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Old April 13, 2012, 10:55 PM   #14
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Some the M&P's definitely have really bad triggers, I guess I got lucky with my FS 9mm having a really decent one. The 45c has a Apex Duty kit in it that rocks, and the Shield is really pretty decent.

Magazine capacity is 7rds for the flush fitting mag, and 8rds for the one with extension.

Here's a holster I just did for mine.

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Old April 13, 2012, 11:59 PM   #15
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I do know that the Shield trigger is much much better...like night and day better, for being stock from factory. Heavy, but crisp.

The safety is also better compared to the LC9, as well as the grip, and pretty much everything else.

I wasn't really thinking about getting one because I thought it was gonna be another LC9 or DB9...just hastily put together and pushed out to the market. But after handling it, I was sold! It seemed like S&W actually put some thought behind it. Although -1 for the manual safety. It's what I would want a Glock to be. I just got rid of a G36 after only having it for a month. Just wasn't that confident eventhough I've been carrying a 19 for over 13 years. Glock really needs to get on the ball.

The Shield is a really nice slim carry gun. I think it'll be a huge success. Just don't get gouged and over pay, by much. I got mine for $395 + tax. $425 should be max!
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Old April 14, 2012, 12:05 AM   #16
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Yep safety is the only real negative that I can see with this gun.

Even just found out that the Apex Tactical Hard sear will fit in the Shield, and drops the trigger pull to about 4.5#'s.
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Old April 14, 2012, 06:20 AM   #17
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Keepshooting.com has them for $386. Once I learned the safety was removable I placed an order myself.... Add the $50 Nations Finest discount and my cost will be $336. Tough to complain about that.
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Old April 15, 2012, 10:36 AM   #18
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Very cool! Thanks for posting. I ordered mine yesterday and will be picking it up early this week. I had no idea the safety could be removed. I will definitely look into that.
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Old April 15, 2012, 10:48 AM   #19
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Shield

I also got the Shield dumped my not always reliable pm9 :
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Old April 15, 2012, 10:52 AM   #20
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Still not 100% the safety can easily be removed, but will try when I get my Apex sear for it.
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Old April 15, 2012, 11:02 AM   #21
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Keep us posted on the removal of the safety and holsters please
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Old April 19, 2012, 07:21 PM   #22
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Very nice pics, and M&P collection.

Now you need one of these to round it off;




I'd like to see Smith offer the SHIELD in .357 SIG, but this would be fine in the 9mm version.

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Old April 19, 2012, 07:39 PM   #23
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One of a days I'll get a .357sig, but not in a little gun. Shot a 32 and 33 before and they were super accurate.

I prefer 124-147gr 9mm, that high velocity light bullet doesn't penetrate enough.
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Old April 19, 2012, 08:24 PM   #24
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The Shield is my next weapon. I'm already putting it into motion. Unfortunately, in NJ, most shops are selling it over MSRP. However... I have a guy who is willing to give it to me for what would be a fair price in other states, so long as he can get his hands on one.

Now to fill out the PITA paperwork here, wait a month or three, and get my gun.
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Old April 19, 2012, 08:25 PM   #25
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Also, if you want a bullet that's a bit heavier, and still goes 1400+ fps, look at the CorBon Pow'rball in 100gr. Still not a "heavy penetrator" but it has 20gr on that little thing.
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