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Old 05-15-2020, 03:47 PM
SwampDawg SwampDawg is offline
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OK it's not a 1911 but

American Handgunner had an article singing the praises of the S&W Performance Center Shields, in various calibers. I'm interested in the .45 since that's what I shoot and reload. Anybody have any advice to give me? Good vibrations out there? Bad? I have a good price lined up at my local source and they are going to get one in for me to look at but word of mouth advice from owners would be great.
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Old 05-16-2020, 12:24 PM
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A friend of mine had a standard model shield in 45ACP. It was the single column model. He sold it, but said he should not have. We all know how that goes. He said it was reliable and accurate.
The gun range I go to. One of the guys that worked there said the double column 10 shot? model is a very good shooter. He shot their well broken in range gun. I personally think S&W barrels in 45 are pretty accurate. But, most 45ACP guns are accurate. Plus a shield has sold over 1,000,000 units. They can't be that bad. Lifetime warranty too.
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Old 05-16-2020, 06:50 PM
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I have the shield performance center with night sights in 45 acp. I also shoot a lot of different 1911’s in 45 acp. I have no issues or complaints about my shield. And for a striker fired hand gun the trigger is 1911 like on mine. I have the Lew Horton edition 3 inch Smith and Wesson performance center 1911 also in 35 acp to compare it too. Over all they very close to the same size although my Smith 1911 feels bigger than the Shield when I carry it. The shield is a few ounces lighter and both guns are equally impressive as far as accuracy goes. And in my mind the recoil feels about the same. I to reload 45 acp and both guns eat everything I feed them. In my opinion you will not be disappointed if you grab the performance center shield. My brother also shoots a lot of 1911’s in 45 acp and he too is looking to buy one as soon as this Covid 19 lock down is over.
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Old 05-16-2020, 08:14 PM
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Recently shot a ported .40 PC Shield 1.0.
Actually shootable with lighter defense loads.
140gr DPX were best, and most accurate.
165gr Rangers and HSTs were not too bad.

Trigger is just OK, but not too heavy, at least.
Gun is very slim, and very light!
Personally, I would need the pinky extension on the short/flush mags.
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Old 05-18-2020, 05:34 PM
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Comments are very positive on Shield .45 on S & W forum; it is snappy but very accurate too. Some guys use the 185 or 200 grainers to cut down on recoil. If you choose the Shield, be sure its the new 2.0 model with the new enhance trigger. I have the 2.0 9mm and the 2.0 trigger considerable improvement over the 1.0 model.
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Old 05-24-2020, 07:29 AM
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OK, picked it up yesterday. Feels good in my hand and looks good. Took it apart and oiled it in the places specified by the manual. Disassembly and assembly wasn't difficult but of course different from a 1911. A couple of things bothered me a little - I'm not used to seeing a small space between the frame and the slide. Also, the non-metallic followers in the magazines remind me of the Para magazines I got years ago. Lasted about a year before they cracked. But anyway I'll take it to the range Monday and see how it runs. Stay tuned. PS: I did get the Performance Center version with enhanced trigger. Feels very smooth.

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Old 05-26-2020, 01:41 PM
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OK, took it to the range. Good news/bad news. Shot very well, accurate. But, very hard to load magazines. I have lifted weights for years and I have very strong hands, but I really had to struggle to force rounds into the magazines. I never fully loaded either one (and yeah I was counting). I would get about 5 loaded, give up, shoot them, and rest. On the way home I stopped by Academy and got one of those loading things and it solved my problems. At least I don't have to have a special gadget to disassemble it. Think I'll keep it.
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Old 05-28-2020, 09:52 AM
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OK, this should wrap up this exciting thread. I emailed S&W about my difficulty in loading the magazines. Got their response today, which was "They will loosen up in time and usage" and they also suggested the exact loading gadget I had already bought. Hard to believe that's the way all of them leave the factory but so be it. I'll just count on my 1911s for carry and defense until this one gets more friendly.
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Old 05-28-2020, 10:01 AM
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Many of my guns came with magazines that were very hard to fully load. I wouldn't worry about it. Just keep the magazines loaded with as many rounds as you can jam in there and they will eventually relax a bit, enabling more round(s) to be loaded. You'll eventually get it fully loaded. Enjoy your Shield. I've got 2 and really like that model.
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Old 05-28-2020, 10:23 AM
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OK, this should wrap up this exciting thread. I emailed S&W about my difficulty in loading the magazines. Got their response today, which was "They will loosen up in time and usage" and they also suggested the exact loading gadget I had already bought. Hard to believe that's the way all of them leave the factory but so be it. I'll just count on my 1911s for carry and defense until this one gets more friendly.
I have two S&Ws in .45 ACP, the full size M&P with 10 rnd double stack for the nightstand and the Performance Center .45 Shield with comp barrel for the car. I like them both a lot. Triggers are typical for striker guns with the M&P stock at about 6 lbs and the PC Shield a crisp 4 lbs. Aside from the normal take-up for striker guns the triggers break similar to my 1911s. Both guns are totally reliable and before getting my SIG P365, the PC Shield was one of my carry guns.

Regarding your tight magazines, I had the same issue when they were new and resolved it by loading them up full (with great difficulty) and leaving them sit for several weeks. Problem solved. Enjoy your Smiths. They will go down as one of the great designs for semi-autos IMHO.

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