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Thin and light carry: Walther PPS or S&W Shield 9

Discussion in 'Handguns' started by sjducks, Dec 23, 2015.

  1. sjducks

    sjducks Loaded Pockets

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    In light of recent price drops (PPS around $360ish), what is the better value? I've narrowed my selection down to these two and would appreciate some input from those who have one or the other. FYI, I've owned glocks and 1911's in the past but now have an M&P9c, so I'm not brand sensitive. I'm looking for reliability and comfort. So for under $400 which would you recommend? Thanks all and happy holidays!
     
  2. Paulgl26

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    I tried both and a pm9
    I ended up with a pps
     
  3. 9x19

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    I tired both, I ended up with a Bersa BP9CC... but if I were to go back it would be the PPS.

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  4. MCPOWoller

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    I sold my Kel Tec PF9 and got a Shield. It is super easy to carry in a Clinger holster. Points well and shoots great. Comes with two magazines. Never even held the Walther, but they sure look nice.
     
  5. wildcatf150

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    I've also tried both and also ended up with the PPS.
     
  6. Domain

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    I tried both, and would go with the Shield. I liked the sight picture better. The grip was more comfortable. I like the magazine release better. Granted the PPS was the best single stack 9 for a very long time IMO and still is one of the best options.
     
  7. MicroMike

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    Another vote for the PPS. I've only put 200 rounds through mine. Although it's not really a range gun it is pleasurable to shoot with the full length magazine.

    When it's time to CCW I use the flat bottom magazine. Once I get accustomed to carrying I plan to also incorporate a second 6 rnd mag to my carry system.
     
  8. moostapha

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    I don't think the shield is under 400 unless it's just expensive here.

    I've shot both and liked them both just fine. But, I did and would always get the shield. I prefer the button mag release to the paddle. Everything else can be modified.

    I might actually be carrying the shield for the first time tomorrow if I decide to go deep for Christmas eve dinner.
     
  9. Damn_Yankee

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    I bought my Shield new for just at $350 at a local gun show a few months ago. Local gun shops seem to be around
    $360 - $390. I do like the feel of the PPS but the mag release is the deal breaker for me.
     
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  10. sjducks

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    Thanks for input fellas, much appreciated. The paddle mag release doesn't bother me at all. It's good to hear from you all who have actually owned and used both for longer periods of time than just a single range session. Happy holidays all!
     
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    The answer, of course, is "Yes".

    I own and love a Shield. It's held up to over a thousand rounds of mixed FMJ, JHP, +P and everything else you can think of. It's surprisingly accurate, easy on recoil and very easy to conceal. As far as reliability, I've had exactly one FTE and that was with a 147gr Win Ranger.

    My buddy has a PPS and would say the exact same thing. I like the PPS, but like the Shield just a bit more.

    I've seen Shields on sale for under $300 recently. IMO, if you can get a Shield for under $300, it's a tremendous value.
     
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    For under $300, and assuming it's the one without a safety, mag disconnect, or other flaws, I'd buy at least one just to have around.
     
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    The pps is $300? Dang I spent around $600, I love mine (9mm) don't even know I have it on.
     
  14. sjducks

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    Thanks for all of your input fellas. I decided on a new PPS from an FFL a little ways from me. All in it'll be under $400, so I'm pretty happy. I'm sure somewhere along the way I'll end up with some iteration of the Shield, but for now I'm just excited to pick up something new.
     
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    got my shield for 240...it was a steal! Haven't shot it yet, but already got a holster for it and tried it out as my CCW...wow! Going to the range this weekend!:p
     
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    Save $50 and go Glock 43


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    The Newly released PPS the grip is supposed to be even more contoured. I am intrigued, since I really like the PPQ, and the VP9, it seems that the PPS may be one of the next on the toy list.
     
  18. sjducks

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    Got this yesterday and I'm starting to break it in. I have to say the it feels significantly lighter and is undoubtedly thinner than my M&P9c. Both serve their purpose but I'm really digging how the PPS feels in hand.

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