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A buddy says the shield sucks because the recoil on it is bad. He says the Glock 17 is better because it hardly has recoil compared to his shield. When I heard this, I told him, "how can you compare a full size polymer gun to a short barrel single stack gun?" He still believes it's a fair comparison but I don't agree.

Honestly, compared to other similar sized handguns, Is the shield too snappy?

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A buddy says the shield sucks because the recoil on it is bad. He says the Glock 17 is better because it hardly has recoil compared to his shield. When I heard this, I told him, "how can you compare a full size polymer gun to a short barrel single stack gun?" He still believes it's a fair comparison but I don't agree.

Honestly, compared to other similar sized handguns, Is the shield too snappy?

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It is not a fair comparison. If your friend does not understand this, he probably has no business owning a gun :lol:

However, the Shield is a pretty soft shooting pistol for its size. It certainly is easier to shoot than my S&W J frame or Taurus TCP.

While no range gun, I did complete an all day defensive pistol class with the Shield and it was fine.
 

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A buddy says the shield sucks because the recoil on it is bad. He says the Glock 17 is better because it hardly has recoil compared to his shield. When I heard this, I told him, "how can you compare a full size polymer gun to a short barrel single stack gun?" He still believes it's a fair comparison but I don't agree.

Honestly, compared to other similar sized handguns, Is the shield too snappy?

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Really, he is comparing a full size service pistol to a single stack pistol:shock:. The Shield is about the softest shooting single stacks out there. If you want to see what a hard recoil feels like try a Kel Tec PF9.
 

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Good to know that the shield isn't as bad has he says. I've shot it but I haven't tried other small guns to compare it.

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I'm amazed by how low the recoil is on my 9mm Shield. Maybe your friend needs to study his grip. A good firm grip makes all the difference in the world! I shoot a Ruger LCP so I know a little about recoil, but even it doesn't bother me since I've learned how to grip it properly.
 

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I own both along with a boat load of other semi autos....the recoil on the 9 Shield is not bad at all. Tell your friend to go shoot a Walther PPK in 380 if he wants a sense of what a snappy little pistol feels like.....your friend does not make a fair comparison.....
 

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If your buddy wants to compare recoil between a S&W and a Glock try comparing his G17 to a full size M&P. Or, compare the Shield to a G43. I've not done it as I have zero interest in the G43, but at least they are the same class gun.

When I compared them side by side, I found the 40 S&W to be only a bit snappier than the 9mm Shield. The 9 is pretty soft shooting. But every individual reacts differently to recoil. What is universal is that a Shield sure will conceal easier than a G17!
 

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The recoil on the 9mm Shield is not bad at all, I can easily shoot 100 rounds with no discomfort at all. I haven't shot the 40 Shield but people post that the recoil on it is no problem at all.

As a comparison I also have a S&W mod 642, this is the small Chief's Special Airweight hammerless revolver in 38 Special, it is truly painful to shoot, I don't want to even shoot a full 5 shot cylinder of ammo because it is too painful, too painful to practice with except with low velocity target ammo. I don't worry about it too much, in a truly dangerous situation I wouldn't even notice the recoil, but still its not practical to practice with. Practice with full power 9mm ammo in the Shield is no problem at all.
 

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Have him try the Shield, side-by-side with the Nano, LC9 (any variant), PF-9, P938, and others that are the same size and weight of the Shield. If he thinks the Shield is snappy, the others may break his wrists. :D
 

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The Shield has recoil? Dang! I knew I was missing something at the range! Should I send it back to S&W and ask them to put recoil in it? If it was supposed to come with it then I want it. I'm tired of getting ripped off.
 

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If he says the recoil is bad on the Shield 9, then I have to assume he is a very senior citizen with painfully arthritic hands. I don't have a Shield 9 but do have a Shield 40 and my wife shoots it just fine and has no complaints about its recoil, but she is only 54 so that's probably why she can handle it.

Tell you buddy to talk to his doctor about being him recoil sensitive and to ask him about the new prescription wonder drug called "Wimpbegone", one pill before shooting...recoil sensitivity is gone...or so as I hear it is! :lol:
 

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If he says the recoil is bad on the Shield 9, then I have to assume he is a very senior citizen with painfully arthritic hands. I don't have a Shield 9 but do have a Shield 40 and my wife shoots it just fine and has no complaints about its recoil, but she is only 54 so that's probably why she can handle it.

Tell you buddy to talk to his doctor about being him recoil sensitive and to ask him about the new prescription wonder drug called "Wimpbegone", one pill before shooting...recoil sensitivity is gone...or so as I hear it is!
Hahaha good one! He's in his 40s so I don't know what's up with him. I'm sure the recoil is felt more on the shield compared to the 17 but still.

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Recoil on the Shield 9mm is minimal, not bad at all. Your buddy needs to grow a pair. Since when did recoil become an issue? We're talking 9mm here, not 44 mag
 

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Often overlooked - Recoil management is relative to grip strength, especially in the bottom two digits.. Weak grip, more recoil.
 
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