Opinions on M&P Shield .45 ACP

Big Al1Big Al1 Senior MemberPosts: 6,777 Senior Member
The BX FINALLY started selling guns and ammo. I've been looking for a compact .45 that I can slip in my pocket. They have the M&P in .45 for $385. Does anybody have one and how do you like it??

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  • 10canyon5310canyon53 Member Posts: 844 Senior Member
    I don't have the .45 Shield but I do have the 9MM Shield and I would not consider it to be a pocket gun......unless I was wearing cargo pants.  (I did carry it that way.....once.  Too uncomfortable to do again.)  The .45 Shield is slightly larger.  I like my Shield but would never use it for pocket carry.  Any pistol small enough to fit comfortably in a pocket would be too small for my hands, but not everybody has the same size hands.
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 6,697 Senior Member
    I'm with 10C53 on this.  The Shield even in 9mm is really a tad large for a pocket option.  The XDs is probably the closest to a pocket holster option in that caliber.  I'd probably lobby that the best bet for a pocket gun with horsepower is going to be a Smith 640 .357, and that has the added benefit of giving you the "dial-a-yeild" option of .38's.
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  • terminator012terminator012 Senior Member Posts: 3,239 Senior Member
    My Shield 9 is to big for me to put in a pocket even with the smallest magazine. 
  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 1,703 Senior Member
    I have a shirt jac from Duluth that I can do that with. It has some pretty large front pockets, but normally, no. Best option for me is pancake holster and long shirt. 

    https://www.duluthtrading.com/store/mens/mens-outerwear/shirt-jackets/92322.aspx?processor=content

    Very comfortable but spring is coming fast. 

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  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 10,112 Senior Member
    I have a XDs.45 and a 9mm Shield. For all practical purposes, they are the same size. I carry either in a front pocket, wearing regular blue jeans, with my shirt un-tucked. They do print, but who the hell cares what a 66 yo man wears, or what he has in his pocket?

    Naturally, it depends on the pants, and how loose you wear them, but I gave up the Tom Jones look, in the '70's.
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,088 Senior Member
    edited April 16 #7
    New meaning fer the term 'He Has Deep Pockets'..............

    Weren't they on sale last year for crazy prices and a rebate in 9mm and .45 ACP? I mean down in the mid/low $200 dollar range, after rebate.

    Are these a newer/updated version?

    Folks who own them seem to really like them.


    I think it was the Xds on sale not the Shields.

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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,088 Senior Member
    I think it was a MFRs rebate, but can't remember. They were ridiculously cheap whatever make and model that was.   
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  • 10canyon5310canyon53 Member Posts: 844 Senior Member
    There was a $75 mfg. rebate on the Shields that my wife and I both took advantage of.  My Shield does what it was designed to do very well.
  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 6,777 Senior Member
    Problem solved. The BX also had an XDS .45 on sale. It came with a range bag, holster, magazine holder, and six magazines of various capacities, for $435. Fits in the pocket nicely, easy to conceal OWB. The best part, it's illegal in Komifornia, anyhow that's what it says on the box. Hope to shoot it this week.
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,088 Senior Member
    Lookin forward to your Range Report Al.

    And Congrats on a new gun!
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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,088 Senior Member
    AL do you reload for the .45 ACP? I do, but not long ago I found a great deal on American Eagle 100 rd paks of 230 hardball for cheap and free shipping from PSA. It is always nice to have some factory ammo on hand.
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  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 12,721 Senior Member
    If you want a pocket carry .45, get one of these.



    I'm pretty sure it's BigSlug approved.

    Details here:  http://www.tjscustomgunworks.com/Photos4/Stealth1.htm

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  • 10canyon5310canyon53 Member Posts: 844 Senior Member
    Big Al1 said:
    Problem solved. The BX also had an XDS .45 on sale. It came with a range bag, holster, magazine holder, and six magazines of various capacities, for $435. Fits in the pocket nicely, easy to conceal OWB. The best part, it's illegal in Komifornia, anyhow that's what it says on the box. Hope to shoot it this week.


    Paint this black it is probably illegal in Komifornia too.

  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,088 Senior Member
    If you want a pocket carry .45, get one of these.



    I'm pretty sure it's BigSlug approved.

    Details here:  http://www.tjscustomgunworks.com/Photos4/Stealth1.htm

    A .45 Knuckle Duster...........in more ways than one............your adversary and you............ouch is probably the word if you fired that much. I fired Teach's AMT backup .45 before and a few is enough.
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  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 6,777 Senior Member
    Big Chief said:
    AL do you reload for the .45 ACP? I do, but not long ago I found a great deal on American Eagle 100 rd paks of 230 hardball for cheap and free shipping from PSA. It is always nice to have some factory ammo on hand.

    I do reload for the ACP but only for my 1917 Smith. Ammo is cheap enough for the .45 to not worry about it.
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