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#6131971 - 01/12/16 09:17 AM Shield 9mm vs .40 cal
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How much difference is there between the two as far as kick goes? My wife shot a buddy's 9mm last week and loved it, but she is insisting I get her one in .40 cal and claims she can handle it...
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#6131978 - 01/12/16 09:21 AM Re: Shield 9mm vs .40 cal [Re: Ramball36]
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From what I've heard it's pretty significant. Now, it's probably not so much that she can't handle it, and the Shield isn't a weapon you're going to shoot just a ton, but it's something to think about. Why is she so adamant about it? Today's 9mm loads are pretty stout medicine (and cheaper/more available than .40).
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#6131981 - 01/12/16 09:21 AM Re: Shield 9mm vs .40 cal [Re: Ramball36]
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Have you ever talked to a chick before?
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#6131988 - 01/12/16 09:27 AM Re: Shield 9mm vs .40 cal [Re: Ramball36]
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Originally Posted By: Ramball36
Have you ever talked to a chick before?


LMAO!! I have a PM40 in 40 cal, and it's pretty snappy. I shot the 9mm version also, and it's definitely less recoil. If you run the numbers in a recoil calculator, it can tell you how much more recoil there will be.
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#6132010 - 01/12/16 09:36 AM Re: Shield 9mm vs .40 cal [Re: Ramball36]
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I would stick with the 9

I have experimented with many chicks and in the end the 9mm won for several categories

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#6132013 - 01/12/16 09:37 AM Re: Shield 9mm vs .40 cal [Re: ChadTRG42]
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Love mine and it's a 40. Doesn't kick that much at all to me and it's an awesome little gun.

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#6132014 - 01/12/16 09:37 AM Re: Shield 9mm vs .40 cal [Re: Ramball36]
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Mike I'll have my G27 with me a the shoot if you want to borrow it. A little wider, but same size overall as the shield.
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#6132028 - 01/12/16 09:43 AM Re: Shield 9mm vs .40 cal [Re: Ramball36]
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When I shot my 9 and 40 in the air on New Years the 9 was the clear winner

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#6132107 - 01/12/16 10:36 AM Re: Shield 9mm vs .40 cal [Re: Ramball36]
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I've shot both. I simply do not like the .40

I'd rather have a 9mm or a .45ACP

.40 is snappy.

Stick with the 9 or if she truly wants a larger round, get the M&P fullsize in .45
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#6132125 - 01/12/16 10:44 AM Re: Shield 9mm vs .40 cal [Re: Ramball36]
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Why would you not get her what she wants? She is perfectly capable of deciding what cartridge she wants.

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#6132127 - 01/12/16 10:46 AM Re: Shield 9mm vs .40 cal [Re: janie]
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I also agree that the 40 is snappy. I'd go with the 9 and just run some quality HD loads in it, maybe some +p if your wife wants a little more power.

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#6132210 - 01/12/16 11:29 AM Re: Shield 9mm vs .40 cal [Re: Ramball36]
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My wife shoots my .40 shield well. No complaints about the recoil. We simply don't give our wives enough credit about what they can and can't handle. Mine shoots .40s 30-06s and anything else I put in her hands.
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#6132266 - 01/12/16 12:12 PM Re: Shield 9mm vs .40 cal [Re: Ramball36]
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Today's advanced ammunition make the 9mm more than needed for personal defense and gives you more magazine capacity. There are many a dead WWII soldier behind the 9mm cartridge, God bless them all.
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#6132293 - 01/12/16 12:32 PM Re: Shield 9mm vs .40 cal [Re: Ramball36]
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Let her shoot someone's .40 and decide for herself. It's not bad at all, but a 9 really is easier to shoot. Either is as fine for carry as the ammo you choose.
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#6132620 - 01/12/16 03:46 PM Re: Shield 9mm vs .40 cal [Re: Brother in-law]
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Originally Posted By: Brother in-law
I have experimented with many chicks and in the end the 9mm won for several categories
eeks333 That probably was you shooting into the air New Years Eve BIL!

Mike, I have both the 9mm and 40 Shields with the Apex triggers installed and you and your bride are welcome to borrow them to see what she wants. The 9 only carries one more in the magazine and I don't notice a major difference between the two. That said, my spousal unit chose the 9 but she just learned to shoot so not the best data point. I am considering selling the 40 to keep consistent with mags and ammo.

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