Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Range Report M & P Shield

Well, I took my Shield to the range today and she fired beautifully, though I'm not completely accurate with it just yet.

The gun is small, perfect for concealment and the action on it is smooth.  I had no misfires or jams and I put about 100 rounds through her.

What I like about this gun is the trigger.  The trigger is nice and tight, not a lot of play in it and it's not what I call spongey at all like the regular full size M&P models that I have fired in the past.  The reset on the trigger isn't that far forward so it makes rapid firing very easy.

A warning that I do have about the trigger is that it's heavy.  It takes a lot of pressure to squeeze off those rounds so the temptation to 'pull' rather than 'squeeze' is significant.

Using this gun as a main carry gun, for me, is not an option.  It only holds 8 + 1 rounds and because it's a single stack magazine, it's harder for me to load than my XDm.

Racking the slide can also be problematic for some women out there, women who are a little more delicate in the hands than I am.  The slide is tight on it and can be hard to rack for some.  Also, for some out there, the gun is a little snappy when it fires and it beats the hell out of your hand.

All in all though, I really love the gun and I'm going to enjoy shooting it on a regular basis.  I'm sure that once I get used to it, I will be much more accurate with it, I just have to practice.

Do I recommend the Shield for a back up gun?  Absolutely.  Would I recommend it for a lady shooter who wants a carry pistol?  Well, on that, I would have to say that it would depend on the lady.  I know that a lot of men out there like picking out guns for their wives, my best advice is always  DON'T EVER DO THAT GUYS!  But especially in the case of the Shield.  It may pack a little more punch than your wife is comfortable with, again...   it depends on the lady and her comfort level with guns.

So, here's my target, over all I didn't do too bad, but it wasn't all that great either.  Practice Practice Practice

I was shooting low and left a lot today, which is of course finger placement on the trigger, plus I tended to pull not squeeze.

I am really a happy camper though.


  1. oh boo hoo. call the waambulance.

  2. I shot one last weekend. Nice pistol, but the trigger seems to still not work as well as an APEX assembly.

    Low and to the left? If you are right handed, the most common problem there is people squeezing the gun tighter with the strong hand as they are pulling the trigger.

    I STILL have one on order!

  3. Small gun, lightweight, decent caliber...yeah, I can see recoil being an issue, and the recoil spring being pretty tight.

    I still want one, and I'm still itching to try yours. =)


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