Today, we’re taking a deeper look at the Smith & Wesson 9mm Shield.
I just got back from the range and I ran 100 rounds through the Shield with no issues at all. This is a great little gun, and I had much better initial accuracy with this gun, than from my Glock 43, I think mainly because of the much better 3 dot sights when compared to the stock Glock sights.
I did notice several things that could use some tweaking, especially when comparing to my modified Glock 43.
So today, we’re going to go over my upgrade plan for the first several upgrades for this gun to make it even better than it already is. I think it’s a pretty basic and standard upgrade list, but it really addresses the shortcomings of the gun when you’re using it as a CCW.
First, to me, this gun is really slick in both the grip and the slide. From the very beginning I had a harder time racking the slide than I usually do. I just couldn’t get a good grip. It also got hard to hold on to after a few dozen rounds due to sweat and a little bit of humidity.
So, my first few upgrades will deal with getting a better grip on the gun:
- The ArachniGRIP Slide Spider – This is a grip tape style product that is custom cut to fit the slide and serrations so that you can get a better grip on the slide while you’re racking and manipulating the slide.
- Talon Grips – Talon Grips are a great upgrade for most guns, and they let you get a much better and safer grip on your gun in adverse conditions, like having wet or bloody hands. I have these on my Glock 43, and can’t imagine it now without them. I also prefer these to stippling the frame of my gun, because it’s not permanent.
Alright, now that we’ve got a better grip, the only really down side to the shield (and pretty much any other single stack 9mm) is the round capacity. The Shield starts with a good capacity for its class with 7 rounds in the flush magazine and 8 in the factory extended magazine.
I’m going back to MagGuts again for my round capacity solution. They offer both +1 and +2 options for both of the Shield factory magazine. For the factory 7 round magazine, I’m going to use their +1 Spring Conversion. This keeps the exact same height, but gives me 8+1.
Then, for the factory 8 round magazine, I’m going to use one of their +2 Extensions. This only adds ¼ in. to the overall height of the magazine, but makes it able to hold 10 rounds. That make this a much more formidable gun, and as long as you keep a spare mag close, you have quick access to 19 rounds.
The last thing I’m getting for the gun to start with is an Alien Gear Cloak 3 IWB holster. While not really an upgrade, a good carry holster is essential for a CCW, and from all of the reviews I’ve seen on this holster, I really want to give it a try. It’s a hybrid holster, so you get improved comfort over a kydex holster, but these feature a metal core that keeps the back portion of the holster from folding over or losing shape, which eliminates most people’s complaints about hybrid holsters.
For now, that’s going to be the upgrades and improvements for my Shield. There are other great options, such as the TLR-6 light/laser combo, or night sights, but for now, I think this is a great round of upgrades to make the Shield an even better carry gun than it is from the factory. Stay tuned for videos of the upgrades and range results to see if these help out in actual shooting conditions.
See you next time!