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The recoil on the Shield is not bad at all if you hold it properly. Your buddy must be a girl and have no balls. Oops I stated the obvious in my first sentence!
 

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No need to make recoil control an ego issue. Recoil is mostly about trigger control. Learn to separate the two and follow through and you can shoot a 454 just fine.

Think about this. Shooting is basic fundementals just like driving a car. The firearm runs on gunpowder. Dryfire, practice and learn to press the trigger to the extint that it ingrains into your subconscious. OK,,now you are free to just aim and let the shot run itself.:smiling:
 

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No need to make recoil control an ego issue. Recoil is mostly about trigger control. Learn to separate the two and follow through and you can shoot a 454 just fine.

Think about this. Shooting is basic fundementals just like driving a car. The firearm runs on gunpowder. Dryfire, practice and learn to press the trigger to the extint that it ingrains into your subconscious. OK,,now you are free to just aim and let the shot run itself.:smiling:
I don't see how you can minimize recoil by having better trigger control. It seems grip is you need to master and trigger control is for better accuracy.

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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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I must be too conditioned not to feel recoil after all the years of shooting my 44 mags... But I really don't notice much recoil at all with my Shield 9mm... Seriously it is extremely soft shooting felt recoil is almost negligible
 

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Don't tell my wife

My wife loves her shield as do I. I hear more complaints about charging than recoil, go figure, I guess there is always some you can't please.
 

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I just joined this forum. I have a 50 year affair with Smith & Wesson and have depended on them for my life. I have the M&P40, M&P40C, and the 9mm Shield. I do not find the 9mm Shield has excessive recoil. I also bought the 9mm shield for my wife who is also a police officer and she loves the weapon. I have found that when you need a weapon in a emergency situation, adrenaline takes over and recoil is not an issue. All small polymer pistols have some recoil and your chosen ammunition either increases or decreases this recoil. It is not necessary to use the +P loads. but it is necessary to be on target because shot placement is the key to self defense. I find the Shield to be quite accurate and comfortable to shoot. I don't have large hands but the Shield just fits my hands. If the grip is too small for the shooter's hands, there will be more felt recoil and thus less control and comfort. I think that grip and hand size is really the issue.
 

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You have to compare the G17 to a full size M&P Pro, or CORE.
Try the G43 against the Shield.
I have been shooting Glocks for a long time and the Shield has very little to no recoil...Just went to 147g in the shield, Talon rubber grips and very little to no recoil at all. I also added the Apex Flat Face trigger and it also reduced the over and under travel by about 25%.
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The Shield in my limited experience demands good grip fundamentals. If I don't hold it properly, my accuracy and the recoil comfort both tell me so immediately. Due to the size of my big hands, it takes some fussing to get any of my left palm contacting the grip. To do so, I have to move the fingers of my right hand out of the way a little, and the whole thing is a bit fiddly. Once I've gripped and regripped a few times, it is natural again. After a couple thousand rounds I'm sure it will be ok. I like it as a range gun, mainly since it's also now my EDC and I want to be good with it specifically.
 

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You have to compare the G17 to a full size M&P Pro, or CORE.
Try the G43 against the Shield.
I have been shooting Glocks for a long time and the Shield has very little to no recoil...Just went to 147g in the shield, Talon rubber grips and very little to no recoil at all. I also added the Apex Flat Face trigger and it also reduced the over and under travel by about 25%.
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Are you going to use the shield for conceal carry even though it has the flat face?

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recoil?

Most of my handgunning life has been spent with 1911 45ACP pistols, Smith revolvers, Ruger SA etc.... all steel full size guns. My Shield 9mm is the only plastic framed gun I've ever owned. I don't even notice the recoil shooting my Shield. Whoever thinks the Shield kicks hard should shoot a 44 magnum Blackhawk with full bore 44 magnum loads.
 

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Sounds like your buddy is a Glock only fan :) I have a F/S Ruger SR9 and the 9mm Shield ! IMO the Shield shoot as smooth as the F/S 9E! Never had a Glock do not plan to either
 

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WHAT recoil?? Guess I've been shooting bigger calibers so long that I've never honestly noticed recoil on the smooth shield 9mm
 

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I think it is a fair comparison when used in the proper context.

1. If he is talking about a G17 vs Shield 9 as a range toy, I'd pick the G17 too. Personally, I'd prefer to shoot my M&P 40 for 200 rounds at the range versus 100 rounds in the 9mm Shield.

2. If he intends to CC a G17 and feels that shooting comfort beats wearing comfort (or he is big enough or consistently wears baggy enough clothing to where it doesn't matter), the G17 is superior to the Shield 9 in shooting comfort, muzzle velocity and capacity.

However, for a comfortable CC gun that is probably going to be used at close range, I'd rather carry a Shield than a G17.
 

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The first time I took my Shield 9mm to the range I was amazed at how soft shooting it was. Even with +P ammo, it was not appreciably different than my full size SR9.
PROPER GRIP is everything with recoil management, IMO.

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They're soft but, not as soft as the XDS IMO...
 

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Well the wife had never fired a gun so the Shield in 9mm was her first and she did not think it had much of a recoil. Surprised me but then I am an old fart and she is 18 years younger.

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Well the wife had never fired a gun so the Shield in 9mm was her first and she did not think it had much of a recoil. Surprised me but then I am an old fart and she is 18 years younger.

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Shield recoil problem fixed

Compared to most/all compacts and subcompacts that I have fired, the Shield is indeed one of the softest shooting in regards to recoil. Having said that, I have a procedure for those that find it to recoil heavily.

Step 1: Locate a Kahr PM40
Step 2: Obtain 50 rounds of .40 S&W ammo
Step 3: Fire the PM40 until you run out of ammo
Step 4: Grab the Shield 9mm
Step 5: Load magazine and fire

You'll swear it was a 9mm squib load.

CAUTION - don't look down the barrel to verify.

Problem fixed :lol:
 
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