I just bought another 13 rounder and a 2-mag belt carrier. I'm only loading 11 rounds in each of the 13 round mags so it isn't too bad. I carry the 10-round mag in the gun for concealability. So, if the fight is still going after 21 rounds, I better start running anyway.The original Shield had magazines that were tough to completely load too. I bought mine in 2012 and while I can load the magazines by hand, that last round is still a struggle sometimes.
Agreed !I signed up here just for this specific issue. I can only load 11 rounds no matter how hard I try even with a LULA. I am a bit disappointed but I am hoping they will loosen up over time. However this is not a good sign. If it is advertised as having 13 round capacity, it should have 13 round capacity. I bought an extra when I purchased the Plus. Hopefully they work out over time.
I think they advertise13 rounds to compete with the Sig 365xl and Springfield Hellcat. With a different spring, they could get the 13 round. Not sure why they won't fix this. Even if you can force the 13th round in the mag, you can't get a fully loaded mag in the gun without extreme force.