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Special THANK YOU to DGM33 for letting us borrow his Shield for the photo shoot. :bow:

Photographing the M&P Shield has really made me reconsider what I carry daily, which has been the S&W M&P 9 compact. When I am not carrying the 9c, I carry the Sig Sauer P238 Equinox in my pocket. This author thought it would be fun to compare the three guns using photography. It is not often that I consider changing carry guns because it requires getting used to a new gun, which takes a lot of time, energy, training and money to use it effectively. I would equate it to test driving a new car, it just feels weird when you first get behind the wheel.

The Shield is hot right now and for good reason. For the money, it is one of the smallest, most affordable sub-compact 9mm’s on the market. I see one in my future… Now for the porn.






















Link for my review: M&P Shield vs. M&P 9c Photo Comparison S&W
 

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Great thread you created. That's an excellent way to compare them literally side by side.
The differences are pretty substantial once you see the parts placed next to each other.
Your photography is very good too, and that helps a lot. Thanks for the lessons.

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Welcome!

For those of us who are primarily steel and wood types. I, for one, have very little interest in polymer pistols. I am not averse to learning, however, but it would be er, ...considerate if you would, at the very least caption your photographs. If I knew what I was seeing and which was which I might be motivated to generate a little interest in your efforts.

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Great pictures! But also being somewhat polymer challenged, what qualities other than size makes you want to switch? Are the handling characteristics that much different? I'm not really excited over polymer guns but always willing to learn something.
 

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Polymer (plastic) pistols may not interest me much, but for me, both shooting and carry........ they are the way to go, without a doubt. I have an injured left shoulder, that makes shooting two-handed difficult.....if not impossible. I traded my heavy steel Ruger MK.III for the new Ruger SR22 plastic .22 pistol. It's smaller, lighter, and much easier to handle for me.....one handed. Now, I can enjoy shooting .22's again. I need to find a good leather IWB holster for it, though. I also have lighter .22 rifles, but I cannot hold the fore end steady.

The S&W M-17-4 K22, and those rifles need to be bench rested, for me to hit fairly well.......but, because of the plastic pistol, I am able to handle it. It's time for me to give the S&W Shield a serious look!

Thanks for the report. Bob
 

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Welcome to the forum from sunny Florida.

Nice photos to show the comparison of the two firearms.

The two are very close in size and if given the choice I would go for the M&P 9C.

The slightly longer barrel is no problem to conceal and the slightly thicker grip (I have large hands) and added round count is a plus for me.

My primary EDC is a Glock 23 carried AIWB. I tried the Glock 27 however the grip was to short for me and the 23 with long grip and added round count again is a plus.

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Hi & welcome to the forums.
I'm polymer savvy & liked the pictoral, but woulda appreciated descriptions & differences too. So I'll help ya out a little & clarify for them old time wheel gunners only. :)
Without going into a full blown review ... summary: Mag capacity: Double(10) Vs. single stack(7 or 8) . Barrel: 3.5" Vs. 3.1" Frame 1.2" Vs. .95" Weight 21.7 oz. Vs. 19 oz.
I have a Shield .40 on my wtb list, but as it's been said here before "they're as scarce as hens teeth." Don't let us picky buggers scare ya off after just your 2nd post & please keep up with the pics.
 
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I had considered a Shield but decided it was too big for pocket carry and offered no real advantage IWB over 1/2 dozen other pistols. My Glock 26 carries IWB just as well as the Shield. I ended up buying a Kahr Pm-9 that will pocket carry and so far has been trouble free. I wanted something I could just drop in my front pocket for those quick unplanned trips to town, wanted something I didn't have to dress around.
 

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Wonderful pictures,I am not a Tupperware guy at all,full range of Colt and S & W revovlers and 1911's. My first carry is a S & W 559. That said,just bought the 9mm Shield.The 559 has found a home in the safe.The Shield handles and carries so comfortable,probably will never go plastic except for this one.
 
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