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Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm and .40cal Pistol
« on: April 12, 2012, 09:42:55 PM »

I've never been a big fan of S&W semi-autos, but this new M&P Shield looks pretty sweet. Fairly light, and thin:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1pu0CCkvak&feature=youtu.be
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Re: Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm Pistol
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2012, 10:05:26 PM »

I have never been even a little fan of the 3rd generation guns(5906, 4506 etc). But the M&Ps look promising.
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Re: Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm Pistol
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2012, 11:53:28 AM »

I saw today that S&W has done what Glock wouldn't. A single stack M&P compact. Humm...
I was just thinking the same thing... Stacia's been wanting a subcompact 9 and wasn't thrilled with the G-26... maybe this'll save me from dropping $800 bucks on the HK she liked.  S&W's MSRP on the Shield is something like $400 bucks-which is IIRC the MSRP on my Sigma when I got it.  I'd bet one could find one for way less than that.
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Re: Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm Pistol
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2012, 02:47:59 PM »

Try to arrange for her to shoot them (borrow, rent etc).

Carol was surprisingly critical of small firearms I thought she would love and at the same time comfortable with many full size or other choices.

Sort of like buying shoes without trying them on.
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Re: Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm Pistol
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2012, 05:52:39 PM »

Try to arrange for her to shoot them (borrow, rent etc).

Carol was surprisingly critical of small firearms I thought she would love and at the same time comfortable with many full size or other choices.

Sort of like buying shoes without trying them on.
That's what I love about Red's in Pflugerville.  They have a "ladies' day" on Monday where their rental guns are free for women-you just pay for the ammo.  We tried her out on the G-26 and neither of us liked it much.  She tried the HK P-2000 and loved it.  I just need to find something with that same sort of trigger-the LEM trigger on the P-2000 is freaking amazing.
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Re: Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm Pistol
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2012, 12:55:22 PM »

This thing was apparently released the day of the announcement. Furthermore they are already for sale. Good reports from people who have fired theirs. Humm....
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Re: Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm Pistol
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2012, 08:16:45 PM »

Yes, and they already are several holsters and other accessories available for it. Apparently, S&W took care of all of that before the release, and had several thousand built and ready to ship when they announced it.
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Re: Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm Pistol
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2012, 09:57:07 AM »

I don't know who the guy is, so take it for what it's worth. But I read a review on the S&W forum that said he has 1,020 rounds through his 9mm Shield with zero problems whatsoever. I also have read other reviews at other forums that report the same results.
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Re: Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm Pistol
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2012, 03:20:11 PM »

Finally got to monkey finger one today. Sweet. Thin grip, nice 3 dot sites, a flush mag and an extended mag. The trigger is much better than the full size M&Ps, with a clear reset. I understand that this nice trigger will be standard on all future M&Ps, all sizes. $399. Pretty much the saize of the G26/27/33, but it's the thin slide and grip that are what stand out.

I don't think that it would be suitable for pants pocket carry, but coat pocket should work with the flush magazine in it. I know the question will be is it a true alternative to a S&W 5 shot, 38 caliber revolver. In my opinion no, but it IS an alternative to the bigger "snubnose" revolvers such as a Det. Special or Ruger SP101.

My personal problem is the store gets them in and sells them before they even hit the display case  ::)

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Re: Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm Pistol
« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2012, 07:15:49 PM »

John, thanks for your initial impressions. I still have not had the opportunity to handle one.
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Re: Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm Pistol
« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2012, 07:30:21 PM »

I was lucky. The shop with the biggest and best selection got 5 in one day and sold them all the same day. They got 3 more in and 1 actually made it to the display. A fellow officer bought it and he brought it to my office today.

%20 down and 6 month layaway...oh man  :-\
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Re: Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm Pistol
« Reply #11 on: April 27, 2012, 07:16:01 AM »

I was lucky. The shop with the biggest and best selection got 5 in one day and sold them all the same day. They got 3 more in and 1 actually made it to the display. A fellow officer bought it and he brought it to my office today.

%20 down and 6 month layaway...oh man  :-\

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Re: Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm Pistol
« Reply #12 on: May 07, 2012, 03:07:46 PM »

A guy I go to church with got one. Hoping to get to shoot it soon. I'll report back when I do.
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Re: Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm Pistol
« Reply #13 on: May 09, 2012, 08:21:59 AM »

A fellow supervisor in my office bought one and I handled it this morning. I don't know how much longer I can resist  :)
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Re: Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm Pistol
« Reply #14 on: May 09, 2012, 05:32:01 PM »

Got to shoot one this afternoon. Only 3 magazines worth. Very light recoil due to the double recoil spring setup like the baby Glock's. Sight were on, trigger pull is smooth not like a DAO pistol. Of course it's striker fired so it's like a Glock/XD trigger. Accurate as well. The grip is a little longer than the G26/27 but it's the slim single column that makes it standout. I can see this not printing when a double stack gun would.
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