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    Had to have one...everyone loves them. It has been 100% reliable.

    I got one without the safety, it shoots nice and recoil is just about the same as my Glock 27. It's a little thinner than the 27 but has a few less rounds. Carry wise I see no real advantage to the single stack and less rounds..IWB holster carries both just the same. I stippled the grip since the plastic is kinda slick. 15yd groups are grapefruit size...certainly good enough for defensive use. Only complaint is the mag release is too short and unlike Glock there is no after market upgrade that I can find. I might clip it on the sun visor in the little truck just to keep it handy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lowrider View Post
    Had to have one...everyone loves them. It has been 100% reliable.

    I got one without the safety, it shoots nice and recoil is just about the same as my Glock 27. It's a little thinner than the 27 but has a few less rounds. Carry wise I see no real advantage to the single stack and less rounds..IWB holster carries both just the same. I stippled the grip since the plastic is kinda slick. 15yd groups are grapefruit size...certainly good enough for defensive use. Only complaint is the mag release is too short and unlike Glock there is no after market upgrade that I can find. I might clip it on the sun visor in the little truck just to keep it handy.

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    40 S&W would be a New cartridge for me.

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    They make them in 9mm but I prefer the .40. Nothing wrong with the modern 9 mike mike.
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    Late to the party as usual. The 40 is dying out around here and I don't know why. It's more thump than a 9mm. I have a FNS-40 and a FNS-9. I don't need them both but in my world the 40 is a legal round for deer in a handgun and the 9 isn't. Neither of mine have safeties either! I looked at the Shield when I got the FNS-9 but since I already had one in 40 I figured it best to have them both the same.

    I do like the Shield a lot. It should serve you well!

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    Maybe it's being replaced by the 10mm which of course is a better defensive handgun for 4 legged critters. I have several of both calibers and always carry a 10mm in the woods and the .40 to town...'cause they both begin with a "4".
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    I have read good things about the Shield; I hope you enjoy your new toy.

    I've got a SW40G that I picked up for a flat 200 bucks about 5 or 6 years ago. It has been completely reliable. I have never had it fail to feed or extract any type of ammo I've tried to run through it. It's not a perfect solution but when I don't feel like something heavier I wear it in a chest holster with 200 grain hardcast Double Tap, which, at the range, shoots very well through it. Because I bought this, a couple of years later I bought a Kahr CW40 and, on the occasions I CC, it's the gun I carry. It's really light, thin, rides well and shoots very well (never had a failure with it either). I have considered that maybe I need me a 10mm too... just because.

    Again, congrats and enjoy.

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    Thanks AK!

    I carry the same 200gr flat nose in all my 40's and tried them in the 10mm...I like the 180 flat nose better because they seem to shoot better in my G20 and G29.

    I am impressed with the reliability of the Shield. It's even reliable when my wife shoots it and she has a wimpy grip. Still like my G27 better.
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    So, I have the same for my general carry pistol. I made three upgrades, Talon rubberized grip cover, Pearce magazine floorplate, and Magguts magazine spring replacements. For my carry mag, I just used the basic Pearce model and the +1 Maggut (7+1), while on my back-up mags, I went with the +2 Magguts spring, for 8+1 capacity. The 9mm spring works just fine. Next is going to be a set of night sights, or at least a night front sight. Good hollow points for Los Anchorage carry, Buffalo Bore hard cast for trail work, and at the bottom of all mags - 2 rounds of Lehigh Defense super penetrors. Under a jacket or vest, I use a Ghost Town Leather pancake holster, that I trimmed ever so slightly to allow better purchase on the draw. All that said, if I know I'm going to be in more bear country than just roadside sight-seeing, I've got a 629, 4" that I purchased. Also, if Glock ever chambers their new 48 in .40 S&W, I'd jump ship.

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    I have about 300 rounds thru my .40 with 4 different factory and my old IDPA reloads...perfectly reliable so far...just like my G27. I still like the Shield but went back to my G27 with a "plus2" for general carry...just cuz I'm more comfortable with it...I guess.

    Just learned that Lone Wolf has a 9mm conversion barrel for the .40 Shield at a buck and a half I think. The wheels are turning in my pea brain and I'm thinking a .357 Sig reamer would make a nice and mostly unique Shield in a hot round that your neighbor won't have. I wonder if it's worth the effort?

    I used to teach instinct shooting vs trying to find night sights in the dark. Inside 5 yds where most bad things happen anyway, most folks can routinely hit a grapefruit with a fair amount of practice and no sights. Practice pointing your index finger and see how easy it can be.
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