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    Shield 9 vs .40

    I have shot both the 9mm as well as the .40.
    I carry the 9mm Shield as my preferred concealed weapon.
    I find there is one more round of the 9mm vs the .40.
    What is the thought of which one to carry as the concealed carry choice. One more round, or a little more punch in one less rounds?

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    The number of rounds held is a secondary consideration, Being able to consistently and accurately put shots on target should be the priority with any chosen weapon. At the gun shop I hear possible buyers first question be how many does it hold? ​If you're comfortable with a 9mm and can shoot it well , one round less capacity makes little difference.

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    If I shot the two equally well or thought I could train myself to shot both equally as well .. I will always for for a bit more umph. I would chose the 40 but its just an opinion.
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    Whichever you shoot the best

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    I had the same dilema, the Mrs has a Shield EZ in .380 and its a fine shooter for her. When the dust settled, I went with the SIG 365XL, slightly larger than the Shield and it's 12+1, 15 rounds for training or carry.

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    It's not how many shots you have, it's not how many magazines you carry, it's not the size of the bullet (.044 isn't going to change anything), it's not who gets the 1st shot or even the 1st hit, it's who gets the 1st good hit. Shot placement wins. Carry what shoots best for you.
    "He that hath no sword, let him sell his garment & buy one" Jesus - Luke 22:36

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    I shoot both about equal. Over the years I have had a couple of the S&W Shield 9mm and seem to keep going back to them again and again. Not sure if it's even worth buying another now and going through the time and effort to break in another. I was curious what others thought about the differences between the two.
    I like the 40, but just a tad snappier then the 9 but not enough to really change anything. I love a .45 cal but not the bulk.
    Last edited by elderberry99; 03-03-2020 at 01:38 PM.

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    Welcome to the forum!

    Me personally would prefer the 9mm but I do like the lesser recoil.
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    I have all three Shields 9/40/45. I carry all at different times. Prefer the 45 to the others............I'm not one who thinks my defensive handgun has to hold a box of ammo.
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    I would care to add recovery/follow-up into the equation. If you take significantly longer to recover with the .40 S&W in a light platform it matters to me. But first you must be able to shoot it.


 
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