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1 year 7 weeks ago, 5:26 PM

LLE

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I completed the Front Sight 4 day handgun course in 2008, and as previous postings indicated ,I was very pleased with the thoroughness of the instruction, and the professionalism of the school personnel--most especially the instructors. I did that course with a Gen3 Glock 23, which performed flawlessly [~600 rounds], even though I found the carry bulky and uncomfortable.
That led me to consider trying the Glock as a daily carry, to give it a fair trial, and see if we liked each other enough to become steady pards. That ended up with dissatisfaction on my part, but a continuing, flawlessly performing Glock. I found the .40 S&W much snappier than the 9mm., but I seemed to be able to handle it well. So I resolved to try to find a "compact" 40.

Recently, I got to try the relatively new M&P "Shield " in .40. It is physically smaller and lighter than our M&P compact 9mm, and very easy to carry. I tried a quick 100 rounds, and found that I had to just about "bench rest" it at 15 meters, to get a decent pattern. But then, accuracy was very good. There was no question why the problem. Compared to the trigger on our M&P 9, the Shield trigger was terrible. Pretravel was excessively long and pull was sloppy and gritty. Reset was iffy.
We put in an Apex trigger kit made specially for the Shield. What a difference!
The Shield will be my carry .40., as soon as we add a Crimson Trace for "she who must be obeyed".

Too old to fight, Too old to run, guess that's why I carry a gun! "would someone show this asshole the way out of town".[Rabbi Avram Belinski-aka "The Frisco Kid"]
1 year 7 weeks ago, 7:47 PM

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I haven't had an opportunity to try a shield. I have the M&P .40c and have found it accurate and comfortable. My mom has the 9mm compact and its a great gun too. I've been wanting to get a crimson trace for my compact, haven't heard a bad thing yet on them. I hope the shield works out for you.

1 year 6 weeks ago, 3:46 PM

LLE

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The trigger on mine seems very good, and THAT was what I was expecting on the Shield. The Apex kit made the Shield trigger, perhaps a little better than the trigger on the 9mm. My M&P 9 came with a CT laser already built in [similar to the ones that fit the 1911 grips, but installed in a molded-in, right side nacelle]. I think S&W did that as an experiment to see if the price point would sell. I lucked out on getting this model, since it was not selling, and my dealer wanted to move it.
I think the Shield will be fine. It is an easy carry, and a totally better shooter, with the Apex kit installed. Thanks for the good wishes.

PS; We have CT lasers on our .380, 9mm, and .45 [ and now the Shield] All work perfectly.
I recommend the CT DVD called "The LASERS EDGE".

Too old to fight, Too old to run, guess that's why I carry a gun! "would someone show this asshole the way out of town".[Rabbi Avram Belinski-aka "The Frisco Kid"]

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