The M&P 9 Shield has been very well received. I’ve seen so many people talking and expounding on it’s conceal ability. The only problem I’ve heard is the safety is too small and hard to engage. It’s not as easy to engage like the M&P 9s or 1911 thumb safeties.
Here’s Falia talking about her experience with the gun.
If you don’t like the safety, what options are there? S&W is supposedly going to release a new version that does not have a safety, but here’s a very simple instructional video showing you how to remove the manual safety. Obviously doing so will put you in all kinds of legal hurt if you actually have to use the gun one day, but if you don’t give a damn, it might help.
The better option of course is for someone like Apex Tactical to manufacture a slightly bigger extended safety lever that’s slightly thicker and longer. If I had some CAD skills I’d totally design it but I don’t. so here’s hoping they’ll make one quick.
I ordered this holster six months ago almost and it wasn’t after some “chasing”, I managed to get them to deliver it. I’m sure their business is booming and they have a long backlog, but six months is just too long for me.
The quality of the holster is good, except for their belt straps. It feels flimsy and is very soft. I’d prefer if there was something harder. There might be some value to it being soft, time will tell I guess.
The gun fits perfectly and slides in and out very nicely I must add. You can feel the quality construction of the holster.
I got the holster for my M&P 9mm with a Streamlight TLR-1 weapon light. Here it is on my belt :
Holster is a little fat and a little “loose” on my belt, unlike a hybrid holster like a Crossbreed. This one keeps the gun riding a little high up so the grip portion flops around my belt. I would have preferred it to ride a little lower and tighter to my body.
Will update after wearing this for a few weeks.
Just bought a slightly used DCAEK from a forum member and got to installing it today. Took me over an hour to get everything cleaned up, installed and reassembled. The hardest part is installing the USB (Ultimate Striker Block) which requires the removal of the rear sight.
Here’s the kit all laid out and ready to go :
Initial trigger pull weight is 5.5lbs
In the middle of the installation :
After installing, cleaning and polishing a little, here’s the new trigger weight:
Not only did it reduce the trigger weight a little, it smoothened out the entire action and lights up the reset. Now it feels like a smooth DA trigger pull, light break and noticeable reset. Not as much as a RAM (Reset Assist Mechanism) would, but good enough.
Now off to the range to test it out.
Been wanting to be part of the cool-kids tacticool community by moving away from the Glock to the S&W M&P series of polymer pistols. Lots of great feedback about the gun, seen it being used in both IDPA and USPSA a ton. Also worked on a few guns for friends but never found a good deal until recently.
Picked up an almost new S&W M&P 9mm Fullsize (not the pro) with the box and 3 magazines. The grip is one of the best in the market, it’s extremely ergonomic unlike the other plastic fantastic guns (maybe except for the XD and the HK P30)
It also came with TruGlo Tritium Green/Yellow sights installed which I think are fabulous for self defense use.
Don’t think I’ll be shooting this in competition anytime soon, will still to my revolver and Open gun for the next season. The M&P comes with a less than desirable trigger as I’ve mentioned in the past blog post so a few upgrades are in store.
Here’s what I still need to get :
- APEX Tactical DCAEK (Carry Kit Trigger upgrade)
- Kydex Holster for M&P with TLR-1
- Crossbreed IWB Holster for carry
- Two Mag pouches