I'm a big fan of the M&P series...recently picked up the Shield in 9mm...and put a few hundred rounds through it at the range yesterday. Quick Thoughts: Nice little gun! It manages recoil surprisingly well. I was returning to original hold very, very quickly for fast follow-up shots. Honestly, I was shooting my M&P9C (compact) at the same trip and could not notice any difference in recoil between them! Accuracy was as good as I was....I was only firing at 5 and 7 yards. Sights are skinny but more than adequate.