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Old 08-12-2016, 04:41 PM
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My first S&W automatic, I'm a lot more comfortable with my .44 DA Topbreaks & Triple Locks. This replaces my Kahr CM9, only 1" longer & 8 oz heavier -- high hopes -----


Haven't shot it yet but I like the trigger, a little pause before firing, like the early-day S&W DAs ---

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Old 08-12-2016, 04:45 PM
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I'm hoping mine will come in next week...
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Old 08-12-2016, 07:11 PM
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Be sure to send a range report and shooting impressions, hope it will perform well for you.
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Old 08-12-2017, 07:51 AM
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I've had one since April and it has 500-600 rounds through it....maybe a few more. It is an amazing shooter for a smallish 45. Great trigger and great accuracy. The only advice I'd give is to make sure you have the rounds fully seated to the rear in the magazine by slapping it in your palm. Otherwise, due to the front-to-back tightness of the mag, it can cause a mis-feed.
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I just picked mine up on Thursday. Paid $390 plus tax and now need to send in for the $75 rebate which I hear can take several months to get back.

I have the 9mm little brother as well and really liked it for its small size. I was using the 9mm Shield as a BUG for my model 59 but that is a lot to deal with in the warmer weather when shorts and T shirts are the mode of the day.

The 45 is not much larger than the 9mm so now the decision of how to summer carry becomes the question. I recently saw a belt case that looks like a cell phone holder advertised in the American Rifleman so may look into one of those.

No range time yet but maybe able to get there tomorrow. Unfortunately today has turned into a work day so no fun for me.
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To the OP: I love mine and hope you do as well!
To new owners of this firearm: Anyone who buys this gun should be aware there is a potential problem with the magazines and some of us have experienced dropped mags under recoil which creates jams. It is easily resolved with the FREE updated parts direct from S&W. Click below for more details:
Shield .45 mag dropping

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To the OP:
My recommendation is to fire your new Shield .45 a bunch, using your intended self-defense ammo, before you carry it. You need to make sure it will work as expected. Most Shield .45s work perfectly out of the box, but some have quirks that need to be addressed before you carry. FloridaS&W mentioned the magazine drop problem. Mine didn't have that, but it came with a mis-aligned front sight and a failure-to-feed problem. My range fixed the sight, and a simple polish job on the lower feed ramp, along with a thorough magazine cleaning, cured the FTFs. My Shield .45 is now completely reliable (and impressively accurate), and I carry it regularly. It is a great pistol, and I hope it works well for you.
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