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Old March 12th, 2018, 08:34 PM #1
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M&P 2.0 for carry

Hey folks. Looking at a S&W M&P Shield 2.0 for a carry gun. Since the the 9mm and the 40 are the same price what are pros and cons? I'm kinda a noob so appreciate any input. Thanks, Guy
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Old March 12th, 2018, 09:10 PM #2
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Hey folks. Looking at a S&W M&P Shield 2.0 for a carry gun. Since the the 9mm and the 40 are the same price what are pros and cons? I'm kinda a noob so appreciate any input. Thanks, Guy
I have the first editions of shield in 9 and 45. They are flat for carry, very reliable, soft shooting. Mag capacity is 7 and 6. I donít but they come with a safety if you like. Downside on the first version. The trigger is gritty and not so clean breaking. Heard from the gun writers they have gotten better with the 2.0 but i donít know. They are ford pickups. Not fancy, good value and reliable. Lots of holsters, sights available. If you carry against your skin IWB you will want to sand the inside of the grip or use one of the grip products. The new 9s have this rough handle now. Did not on earlier mods. Shoot the 40. I sometimes carry a G27 and its a snappy rd, even compared to the 45. 9 or 40 is a a matter of taste, but the 9 is less expensive and easier to shoot and you can shoot more before your hand tires. All day with the 9. If you are new to carry and handguns, i might suggest the 9 because the cost of practice will go down and i think you will enjoy the 9 on the range more. Practice, practice, practice control and shot placement...easier with a 9. Many will disagree with me because modern 9s are very good, but on the street i want more, but you are not undersrmed with the shield 9. Over and out.
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Carry whatever is more comfortable for you to carry, since you will be carrying it more than using it. First shot placement is more important than caliber. I'd rather hit someone square in the chest or forehead with a .380 or 9 than hit them in the shoulder with a 40 or .45.

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Iím getting ready to purchase a shield 2.0 9 in the next week or 2 for carry. I have shot the original shield in 9mm and have to agree that the trigger is a bit rough but still not bad for a carry gun in my opinion. If the 2.0 trigger is a slite improvement than that is a plus in my book. I did consider the performance center model but Iím just not a fan of the porting and fiber optic sights. I saw that they are offering it with factory night sights now but I couldnít justify the price difference on features that I donít really need.

I decided on trying the cloak tuck 3.0 iwb from alien gear. Seems to have a lot going for it and I can find it for under 50 bucks. If it dosnt work out it will just end up in my big box of holsters that didnít make the cut lol.

I am by no means a expert but as stated the 9 vs 40 is a matter of preference. Iím betting the 40 can be quite snappy in the small shield but itís all about what you can shoot well. Most police I know are carrying 9mm off duty so with good defensive loads you should not feel undergunned at all.
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Hey folks. Looking at a S&W M&P Shield 2.0 for a carry gun. Since the the 9mm and the 40 are the same price what are pros and cons? I'm kinda a noob so appreciate any input. Thanks, Guy

If you are anywhere remotely close to Frederick, go to The Machine Gun Nest and rent the models you want to compare (and more). They have both Shields in 9 (the regular and the 2.0) and I know they have some 40's. I highly recommend doing this. I have done it myself over the past couple weeks and have narrowed it down to the Shield 9 (NOT the 2.0, hate the grip texture), the Walther PPS (same price range) and the Kimber Micro 9 (NOT the same price range).

Will be going back and renting all 3 of those at once to make my final decision. It is worth every penny to do this, in my opinion. Best of luck to you.
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Thanks to all for the great input so far.
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If you are anywhere remotely close to Frederick, go to The Machine Gun Nest and rent the models you want to compare (and more). They have both Shields in 9 (the regular and the 2.0) and I know they have some 40's. I highly recommend doing this. I have done it myself over the past couple weeks and have narrowed it down to the Shield 9 (NOT the 2.0, hate the grip texture), the Walther PPS (same price range) and the Kimber Micro 9 (NOT the same price range).

Will be going back and renting all 3 of those at once to make my final decision. It is worth every penny to do this, in my opinion. Best of luck to you.
Really good advice. And you can do the same at continental (call first to see of they have what u want to shoot) and free state. Sometimes these guns can be filthy.
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If you are anywhere remotely close to Frederick, go to The Machine Gun Nest and rent the models you want to compare (and more). They have both Shields in 9 (the regular and the 2.0) and I know they have some 40's. I highly recommend doing this. I have done it myself over the past couple weeks and have narrowed it down to the Shield 9 (NOT the 2.0, hate the grip texture), the Walther PPS (same price range) and the Kimber Micro 9 (NOT the same price range).

Will be going back and renting all 3 of those at once to make my final decision. It is worth every penny to do this, in my opinion. Best of luck to you.
Out of curiosity what is it about the grip texture on the 2.0 that you hate?
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In subcompacts , my general inclinations are for 9mm . Evan as someone who enjoys shooting really powerful handguns, in the pocket rockets, notably better control and faster follow up shots with 9mm .

Back when the Gen 1 was simply THE Shield , I thought the trigger was perfectly acceptable , and was pleased with the accuracy.
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Out of curiosity what is it about the grip texture on the 2.0 that you hate?
To me and the Mrs. both, it feels like holding 80 grit sandpaper. So uncomfortable that neither one of us even want to shoot it. Others may like that, we don't.
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