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#5653366 - 03/16/15 10:46 AM S&W Shield 40 or Springfield Armory 40
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What one would you go for for basic sidearm carrying in the field (Snake protection and putting wounded animals down). Is the recoil between the two significantly different due to size and weight differences?

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#5653378 - 03/16/15 10:52 AM Re: S&W Shield 40 or Springfield Armory 40 [Re: DQ Kid]
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Which Springfield? I love my shield, and think the xd line is a little overpriced.
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#5653388 - 03/16/15 10:57 AM Re: S&W Shield 40 or Springfield Armory 40 [Re: DQ Kid]
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Yes, Springfield XD 40

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#5653438 - 03/16/15 11:30 AM Re: S&W Shield 40 or Springfield Armory 40 [Re: DQ Kid]
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I would lean towards a 9mm shield for carry usage. I've heard the recoil on the 40 shield is harsh (although I've never shot one).

If you're stuck on the 40, I'd go with whichever is bigger.

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#5653513 - 03/16/15 12:18 PM Re: S&W Shield 40 or Springfield Armory 40 [Re: patriot07]
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Originally Posted By: patriot07
I would lean towards a 9mm shield for carry usage. I've heard the recoil on the 40 shield is harsh (although I've never shot one).

If you're stuck on the 40, I'd go with whichever is bigger.


Shield 40 is a little snappy, but my wife can handle it no problem, and I can mag dump it comfortably.
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#5653688 - 03/16/15 02:23 PM Re: S&W Shield 40 or Springfield Armory 40 [Re: DQ Kid]
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One of the two in 9mm

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#5653697 - 03/16/15 02:28 PM Re: S&W Shield 40 or Springfield Armory 40 [Re: DQ Kid]
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#5653756 - 03/16/15 03:10 PM Re: S&W Shield 40 or Springfield Armory 40 [Re: DQ Kid]
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I've got the Shield 40. Love the size. It rubs the thumb web a little after 6 or 7 mags of quick firing.
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#5654046 - 03/16/15 06:41 PM Re: S&W Shield 40 or Springfield Armory 40 [Re: Toxarch]
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Originally Posted By: Toxarch
I've got the Shield 40. Love the size. It rubs the thumb web a little after 6 or 7 mags of quick firing.


Toxarch, does the Shield have much recoil to it? I have to admit, the Shield felt really comfortable in hand and light. Just a little concerned that light means significantly more recoil but if not, that will likely be the way I go.

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#5654087 - 03/16/15 07:16 PM Re: S&W Shield 40 or Springfield Armory 40 [Re: DQ Kid]
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I own a shield in 9mm and love it
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#5654256 - 03/16/15 08:48 PM Re: S&W Shield 40 or Springfield Armory 40 [Re: DQ Kid]
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I own both the Shield and XD in 40 and really like them both. The Shield is lighter/thinner so is a much better carry option but the XD has the mag capacity if you can carry it. I don't think you can go wrong with either.
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#5654302 - 03/16/15 09:10 PM Re: S&W Shield 40 or Springfield Armory 40 [Re: DQ Kid]
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The XD feels front heavy to me. I love my Shield in 9x19

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#5654389 - 03/16/15 10:09 PM Re: S&W Shield 40 or Springfield Armory 40 [Re: DQ Kid]
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Originally Posted By: DQ Kid
Originally Posted By: Toxarch
I've got the Shield 40. Love the size. It rubs the thumb web a little after 6 or 7 mags of quick firing.


Toxarch, does the Shield have much recoil to it? I have to admit, the Shield felt really comfortable in hand and light. Just a little concerned that light means significantly more recoil but if not, that will likely be the way I go.

Maybe a little more because it is light, but it's not bad at all IMO.
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#5654555 - 03/17/15 06:17 AM Re: S&W Shield 40 or Springfield Armory 40 [Re: DQ Kid]
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I have a pair of XD40s and neither has EVER malfunctioned. Great pistols...but not so easy to conceal. They're quite a load. I'd take that into consideration.
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#5654569 - 03/17/15 06:34 AM Re: S&W Shield 40 or Springfield Armory 40 [Re: DQ Kid]
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Dad has an XD40 compact and it doesn't seem too snappy to me. Flawless function and dead on accuracy so far.
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