I went to rent (and possibly buy) a Kahr P9 at a local gunstore/gun range a few weeks back. I wanted something bigger than the Kahr PM9 I had. However, I found that the slightly larger P9 didn't shoot much different than the PM9 I already had. Didn't like it enough to buy the P9...
Now, I really never cared for the factory trigger on M&Ps, but the guy at the range recommended I try renting their new 9mm S&W M&P Shield. I did the 5 for $5 on it. Wow. The trigger on the Shield is not the same as the standard M&P. It is crisper.
That shop was sold out on Shields, but I tracked one down 2 days later. I've since put 850 rounds thru it, and I must say it is my favorite sub compact I've ever shot or owned (I've owned a Glock 26, Walther P99 compact, Kahr Pm9 and rented an XDsc 9mm a few times).
In the past, I always felt like I was compromising a bit - in order to have a subcompact. I never shot them as well as I could a fullsize gun. And, some, like the PM9, are not really a "fun" range gun to drop 200+ rounds thru in 1 trip.
So, I carried some subcompacts in years past - yet, I really didn't practice with them much. The Shield is an exception. Hell, I dropped 450 rounds thru it just on Saturday. Put another 200 rounds thru it this morning...
Only thing that was sore (Sat, after 450 rounds) were my thumbs from reloading the same 2 mags over and over (for 450 rounds).
The gun really shoots like a much larger gun. Accuracy wise, it's a great shooter for such a tiny gun. I can shoot it very well, and its even fun to put them all in the middle of a silhouette target at 15 yards (the very back end of the indoor range).
Now, I am on the list at a couple of local gun stores for another one. I like the gun enough that I want a 2nd one.
I generally prefer metal guns, and full size guns. DA/SA is also my preference. So, I am surprised I like this little gun so much. The trigger is around 6 lbs, though - so, I'm a bit more comfortable with it, even though it's not DA/SA.
Here are a few pics:
Next to the PM9:
Kahr PM9 laying on top of the Shield:
Even with the short mag - I can get a full grip on the gun. I always hated that subcompacts had a shortened backstrap: