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Thoughts/Experience with M&P Shield in .45acp?

Discussion in 'Defensive Carry & Self Defense' started by Pops1911, Dec 11, 2016.

  1. Pops1911

    Pops1911 Cinebar/Issaquah Well-Known Member

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    Hey everyone. My curiosity has peaked and am wondering if anyone has input on the .45 M&P Shield? I love my .45acp round and I have shot the Shield 9mm. Mashing these two together could maybe be a happy time for IWB carry. I have held one of the Shield 45's in a gun store and it felt very similar to the 9mm version. Thanks. Pops
     
  2. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    I got no input but want to follow the thread. I own two 9MM shields and would like to add a .45
     
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  3. Pops1911

    Pops1911 Cinebar/Issaquah Well-Known Member

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    Yeah that's my issue too. LOL
     
  4. L84Cabo

    L84Cabo Orcas Island, WA Well-Known Member

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    On any subcompact and particularly one in 45 acp, go rent it and shoot it. Most are quite unpleasant. If you're comfortable with how it shoots, then the next step is deciding how comfortable you are with a short sight radius, low capacity single stack. Or that might be your first consideration. How do you feel about actually fighting with one of these weapons? What if you have to take a longer shot? What if you have to deal with multiple assailants? Or an actual mass shooting or terrorist attack given what is going on in our world today?

    Only YOU can decide how comfortable you are with these things and using a sub compact gun like this.
     
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  5. Pops1911

    Pops1911 Cinebar/Issaquah Well-Known Member

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    Thanks L84Cabo. Some of those same thoughts have been running through my head as well. Your named scenarios have already upped my daily carry to a .45 with a longer sight radius [not a short 9mm] especially if I am on the road or in the Big City. The sight radius thing is critical to these aging eyes.
     
  6. MrMillspecer

    MrMillspecer Scappoose Well-Known Member

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    You may want to look at the xd mod 2 .45 sub compact. 9 round capacity w the short mag 13 rounds w the extended plus one in the chamber. A lot of firepower for a small pistol. Conceals nice in a cheap uncle Mike's iwb holster. Real accurate and a soft shooting .45. My wifey could easily shoot it. 3.3" barrel and high vis sights as well. A man size target wouldn't stand a chance at 50 yards let alone 10.
     
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  7. L84Cabo

    L84Cabo Orcas Island, WA Well-Known Member

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    Welcome. Note that there are no wrong answer here. It's your life and/or the lives of your family so only you can decide what is appropriate. For me personally, once upon a time I felt very comfortable with a sub compact single stack. They sure carry nicely. But the world seems to get crazier day by day. I've read too many stories, of late, about the shenanigans going on. I don't know if you caught that story I posted recently from the 1911 forum on the guy that had the home invasion?? Stories like that really bring thing homes for me and make me think the highest priority should be given to carrying a gun you actually would want to fight with.

    Accordingly, most of my daily carry these days seems to be with a 4 inch M&P 45 with 10+1 and a 14 round backup. It's funny but I carry appendix and the big 14 round mag is almost more of a challenge to carry than the gun. The gun is easy in a JM Custom AIWB WC rig and I really don't notice it anymore than my sub compact XDs. A good holster and belt combo REALLY helps!

    Do go shoot the 45 before you buy it if you're really considering it. I don't find my 3.3 in XDs 9mm all that pleasant to shoot so I can't imagine what it would be like in 45. Perhaps the Shield handles the recoil better however. And none of this really matters when carrying because you can deal with anything in a gun fight. But I find myself dreading training with the sub compact...which obviously isn't good. And if you do go shoot it, let us know what you think. I've always been curious about the Shield and particularly the .45. :)
     
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  8. Larrabee

    Larrabee Oregon Active Member

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    The XD mod 2 .45 sub compact is a sweet gun no doubt, something worth looking into. The shield in 45 is too, but I'd choose the XD. Actually, I'd take the M&P45c over both but that's just my preference.

    As always, hickok45 gives a good review.

     
  9. Lance Jacobs

    Lance Jacobs South Willamette Valley Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I would say consider going with the S&W M&P 40c instead. It is just a bit thicker, and you get 10+1 rounds of .40 S&W. 11 rounds vs 7 rounds? That is an advantage, in my book.

    The gun is very easy to control rapid fire. Take a look at Hickok45 shooting it with 180 gr heavy bullets: