Smith did NO ONE a favor by naming that M&P EZ a Shield. It is absolutely NOT a Shield! It is giving the actual Shield a bad name and is misleading people into thinking they are getting a Shield that is easier to rack, load, etc.I bought a Shield 9mm 1.0 for edc before I retired after 37 years in law enforcement.
In the 7 years I've had it, I've fired almost 5,000 rds through it, used this pistol to introduce over a dozen people to shooting, and have had ONE "Fail to feed".
I emphasize with you! I've been there and done that also! If I had known in advance what I know now about the Ruger Mark IV Lite I would never have bought it. I my case, I decided to spend the extra $200 and untold hours of my time and hubby's time, and kept the gun. Part of that decision (silly me) was that a good friend made a beautiful black leather "almost cowboy style" holster, customized to my needs and my body "curves" and I felt I should do everything possible to keep the gun and make it work.I cannot blame anyone for my decision to buy the EZ because I did not do a thorough research on the problems people have had.