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    New 4" Shield Plus - and then some...

    Yesterday, I picked up a 9mm S&W 4" Performance Center Shield. It's been calling to me for a little while now... I will say that it does whip the llamas' ass - I am really impressed by how this gun shoots. No kidding. I got to shoot it yesterday afternoon - and it groups VERY nicely.

    I also got a 4" Shield 2.0 earlier this summer. And, at the time - I debated as to which version to get - the 2.0 or the Plus... Go figure, now I have both... The original 4" thin version, and the 4" Plus size version as well. Both are awesome guns.



    I've never been a fan of fiber optics, until now. I like that S&W puts some spiral metal around the fiber optic tube in order to protect it from breaking. I'd never seen that before. Now, I am not so worried about something happening to the light rod. If anyone makes sights like this for other guns, I'd really consider buying them. Usually, the fiber optic rod is rather unprotected on most FO sights.

    Also, I complained on another forum recently about having trouble seeing the front sight on some of my handguns (as I get older). There certainly is no issues with that with the fiber optics. The front dot REALLY stands out for me. Very cool.

    I did compare both the thin 4" Shield and the new Shield Plus 4" version. I do shoot both equally as well. But, the original Shield size has always felt almost TOO thin. I no longer have that with the Shield Plus. It feels great in the hand - it's a bit wider (than the original Shield) in the web of my right hand, and this is much more comfortable.

    I might replace my Glock 19 with this as my main carry gun. It shoots that well.

    The range I shot at had some of the 13 round Shield Plus mags, so I picked up an extra one yesterday as well.

    Anyway, now I have 3 Shields...

    The original, smaller Shield really makes a great pocket gun with my cargo pants. And, I got that one for $249 right (before this covid mess hit). But, I will say that the 4" Plus is my favorite of the three...

    Anyone else have one?


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    I have the 4 inch performance center version, great shooting pistol. I debated on the plus but I have a 2.0 compact . But itís tempting


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    Quote Originally Posted by dpb1776 View Post
    I have the 4 inch performance center version, great shooting pistol. I debated on the plus but I have a 2.0 compact . But it’s tempting


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    Well, I kept going back and forth on the issue too. But, I figured that it is really the ONLY gun I want right now anyway - so I went ahead and took the plunge. I ordered it online, and they finally shipped it after a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShipWreck View Post
    I will say that it does whip the llamas' ass
    WinAMP! It's been a long time since I heard that.

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    I also transitioned to a 2.0 Shield. I was impressed with its accuracy.

    I switched the factory sights for Trijicon Orange front dot and U shaped notch blackened rear site.
    Not as good for accuracy but easy to acquire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ready.Fire.Aim View Post
    I also transitioned to a 2.0 Shield. I was impressed with its accuracy.

    I switched the factory sights for Trijicon Orange front dot and U shaped notch blackened rear site.
    Not as good for accuracy but easy to acquire.
    Yea, I have found the U shaped rear sights to not be as accurate. I prefer the square notch instead.


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    WinAMP! It's been a long time since I heard that.

    Sho nuff

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    How is the trigger on the new Shield Plus? I have been interested but just haven't been able to get my hands one.
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    The one I looked at was decent, I think it was as good as my performance center trigger and would have gotten better with some time. Granted this was just at a gun shop, but I think itís the same trigger and I have about 600 rounds down the tube plus dry fire. I will say this the 4 inch shield really makes me look good at the range easy gun to shoot well


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hank6046 View Post
    How is the trigger on the new Shield Plus? I have been interested but just haven't been able to get my hands one.
    The trigger is amazing... I took that 4" Shield Plus to the range again today - for the 2nd time. And, I must say that I shoot it as well or better than my Berettas. I did very well at the farthest distance at the indoor range too (15 yards). And, out of all the guns I own, I do double taps with this gun the best.

    I really think it is because of two reasons. One, I have small hands. I do like the feel of the 92FS in my hand. But, I have sold many guns over the years - because the grip is just too big for my hands... So, so many.

    This Shield Plus does feel better than the thinner original Shield grip. It's "just right." I think I get a better grip on the gun for my size hands. I think that is why I shoot double taps better with this gun than any other gun I have owned.

    And two, this new Shield Plus trigger is fantastic. It really helps with the accuracy... It breaks VERY nicely, and that flat trigger just works...

    And finally - I posted a few weeks ago about having a tough time seeing the front dot with my 50 year old eyes. I said that I could see a red dot optic is in my future because of age... And, I don't really care for red dots on pistols. But man, these fiber optic sights that S&W uses on their Performance Center models are just awesome. I like how they have a metal spiral around the light rod to protect them. Most fiber optics don't have that, and the light rods break so easily. Not on these....

    These bright red and green dots solve my eye issues. That may be another reason why I shoot the gun so well.

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    INteresting. My standard Shield is my pocket gun. I need to give these a look as I start to wear pants again. I barely wore a belt during the pandemic.
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