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Stuck between G43/XDS/Shield 9mm

Post by Dutch253 » Wed Sep 16, 2015 6:06 pm

I've recently moved back to WA from abroad and need to purchase a pistol for daily carry. While the G43 seems the most concealable of the 3 the quality of the XDS felt miles ahead of the Glock and Shield. The Shield feels somewhere in the middle. Anybody have one, or better yet, all three?


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Re: Stuck between G43/XDS/Shield 9mm

Post by Honeycutt » Wed Sep 16, 2015 10:43 pm

I personally own an SR45, so take my advice with a grain of salt. My brother is more of a gun nut than me, and he owns the XDS, I have shot it probably 10 times, and it has always been a pleasure to use. I'd like to get one personally.. Can't really speak for the others.
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Re: Stuck between G43/XDS/Shield 9mm

Post by olbaid_dratsab » Wed Sep 16, 2015 10:44 pm

Next time you handle them, don't feel for quality. Feel for how your finger indexes the trigger, feel for how your hands lock into the frame, and feel for the controls and how you can reach them. You actually can feel for those atributes vs quality.
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Re: Stuck between G43/XDS/Shield 9mm

Post by Dutch253 » Wed Sep 16, 2015 10:46 pm

olbaid_dratsab wrote:Next time you handle them, don't feel for quality. Feel for how your finger indexes the trigger, feel for how your hands lock into the frame, and feel for the controls and how you can reach them. You actually can feel for those atributes vs quality.
I'll do that. I'm going back next week for free rental night to try them all out. One thing shooting them won't tell me is how they conceal though.


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Re: Stuck between G43/XDS/Shield 9mm

Post by olbaid_dratsab » Wed Sep 16, 2015 11:11 pm

Manufacturer's websites have the weights. Weight plays a part, atleast for the XDS as its substantially heavier. other than that, smaller ones generally conceal better. I have a Shield and a Glock 43. Glock 43 is my favorite.
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Re: Stuck between G43/XDS/Shield 9mm

Post by ultra magnus » Sat Sep 19, 2015 7:38 pm

Size: Glock is the smallest, shield and xds are pretty much the same. Glock is lightest followed by shield and then the xds. With any decent holster the difference in concealability will be non existent. Weight may minorly effect carry comfort though.

Capacity: Glock is the worst at 6. There are +1 and 2 base pads available from tarren tactical but they are expensive. Shield has 7 or 8 rounders and you can get +1 kits that don't add any length. Xds has 7,8, and 9 rounders available.

Recoil: Shield is most comfortable to shoot, followed by xds, Glock coming in last.

Price: shield is cheapest followed by xds Glock is most expensive.

Sights: glock has u notch plastic sights, shield has metal 3 dot, and xds has metal 3 dot with a fiber front.

Block and smith have armorer's support xds does not.



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Re: Stuck between G43/XDS/Shield 9mm

Post by cover2 » Tue Sep 22, 2015 7:29 pm

http://www.pearcegrip.com/Products/GLOCK/PG-43%2B1

^ This is now available for the Glock 43.

Personally, I'd go with the Glock 43 or Shield. I won't carry any gun with a grip safety. If you ever take a force on force class, you may see that the perfect draw and grip you can attain on the flat range doesn't happen "in real life". Your grip may not be perfect, clothing can get caught between hand and gun, etc. The thought of a slightly compromised grip--with a resulting inability to press in the grip safety--rendering my gun unable to go bang is a deal breaker for me.

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Re: Stuck between G43/XDS/Shield 9mm

Post by Dutch253 » Sun Sep 27, 2015 5:18 pm

cover2 wrote:http://www.pearcegrip.com/Products/GLOCK/PG-43%2B1

^ This is now available for the Glock 43.

Personally, I'd go with the Glock 43 or Shield. I won't carry any gun with a grip safety. If you ever take a force on force class, you may see that the perfect draw and grip you can attain on the flat range doesn't happen "in real life". Your grip may not be perfect, clothing can get caught between hand and gun, etc. The thought of a slightly compromised grip--with a resulting inability to press in the grip safety--rendering my gun unable to go bang is a deal breaker for me.

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Got to shoot them all and I'm either going with the Glock or the XDS. The XDS felt fantastic but is larger and more expensive than the Glock.


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Re: Stuck between G43/XDS/Shield 9mm

Post by ultra magnus » Mon Sep 28, 2015 4:15 pm

Dutch253 wrote:
cover2 wrote:http://www.pearcegrip.com/Products/GLOCK/PG-43%2B1

^ This is now available for the Glock 43.

Personally, I'd go with the Glock 43 or Shield. I won't carry any gun with a grip safety. If you ever take a force on force class, you may see that the perfect draw and grip you can attain on the flat range doesn't happen "in real life". Your grip may not be perfect, clothing can get caught between hand and gun, etc. The thought of a slightly compromised grip--with a resulting inability to press in the grip safety--rendering my gun unable to go bang is a deal breaker for me.

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Got to shoot them all and I'm either going with the Glock or the XDS. The XDS felt fantastic but is larger and more expensive than the Glock.


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Springfield is offering a promo for 2 extra free mags at the moment. Also make sure you are not looking at one that comes with "xd gear" the gear sucks and adds about $70. Non gear xds should be same price or cheaper than a 43 usually.

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Re: Stuck between G43/XDS/Shield 9mm

Post by crypto » Mon Sep 28, 2015 4:19 pm

I waited for the Shield with no safety to come out, then handled it next to the G42 and found it not as small as I wanted it to be.

So I waited until the G43 came out and got that.

The 43 feels like it has a shorter grip, which is the part I care about as its the part that prints. It's basically a skinny G26, which is precisely what I wanted.
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Stuck between G43/XDS/Shield 9mm

Post by Dutch253 » Mon Sep 28, 2015 4:21 pm

ultra magnus wrote:
Dutch253 wrote:
cover2 wrote:http://www.pearcegrip.com/Products/GLOCK/PG-43%2B1

^ This is now available for the Glock 43.

Personally, I'd go with the Glock 43 or Shield. I won't carry any gun with a grip safety. If you ever take a force on force class, you may see that the perfect draw and grip you can attain on the flat range doesn't happen "in real life". Your grip may not be perfect, clothing can get caught between hand and gun, etc. The thought of a slightly compromised grip--with a resulting inability to press in the grip safety--rendering my gun unable to go bang is a deal breaker for me.

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Got to shoot them all and I'm either going with the Glock or the XDS. The XDS felt fantastic but is larger and more expensive than the Glock.


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Springfield is offering a promo for 2 extra free mags at the moment. Also make sure you are not looking at one that comes with "xd gear" the gear sucks and adds about $70. Non gear xds should be same price or cheaper than a 43 usually.
At the shop I went to they XDS is $569 and the Glock 43 is $469.


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Re: Stuck between G43/XDS/Shield 9mm

Post by crypto » Mon Sep 28, 2015 4:24 pm

Check and see if that XDS comes with trijis though. I know that the $469 glock does not, so thats another $60-100 you'll need to spend.
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Re: Stuck between G43/XDS/Shield 9mm

Post by ultra magnus » Wed Sep 30, 2015 9:27 pm

crypto wrote:Check and see if that XDS comes with trijis though. I know that the $469 glock does not, so thats another $60-100 you'll need to spend.
Its probably there garbage gear package. I don't believe they offer factory night sights on the xds. Xds 9mm with 2 mags should be about $419.99 -439.99

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Re: Stuck between G43/XDS/Shield 9mm

Post by hondo » Fri Oct 02, 2015 1:34 am

All I can tell you is I know somebody who is now suing Springfield because his XDS fired out of battery and landed him into hospital. He was on the gun range changed a mag and gun slide closed and gun fired without trigger being pulled.

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Re: Stuck between G43/XDS/Shield 9mm

Post by yggdrasil45 » Fri Oct 02, 2015 8:49 am

I carry a Glock 26. I have shot the shield in 9. I liked it. I have shot the XDs45. It was cool. Recoil was surprisingly light for such a small .45. I have never shot the 43 but to be honest, I would get that due to my satisfaction with the 26. A Glock is like a trusty work truck. Its not comfortable or pretty but it starts every morning.
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Re: Stuck between G43/XDS/Shield 9mm

Post by turbo6 » Fri Oct 02, 2015 7:15 pm

Bang for your Buck, it's hard to beat the Shield. Though the Springfield is arguably the best shooting of the 3, in my opinion. None of them are bad choices really.

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Re: Stuck between G43/XDS/Shield 9mm

Post by Kutter_0311 » Sat Oct 03, 2015 1:48 am

When in doubt, just Glock it already :wink:

I love my 42, tho I haven't got the Warren 2-dots on it yet.

Glocks just work and they get the best gear first, too.

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Re: Stuck between G43/XDS/Shield 9mm

Post by roadrash » Mon Nov 02, 2015 4:19 am

I own all three and prefer the G43

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Re: Stuck between G43/XDS/Shield 9mm

Post by weasel11 » Tue Jan 26, 2016 1:21 am

I have owned the shield for over a year and carry it everyday. Only thing I have done to it is put XS big dot sights on it cause my 52 yr old eyes suck. Reliable, accurate, slim and light. I won't part with it. It's big enough that it feels and shoots like a real gun, at least to me. Several friends have the glock and like it. To me, it feels too small in my hand and I have to be careful I don't bump the slide stop with my thumb. Shield feels better to me, but my buddies ain't going to trade their baby glocks. I would definitely shoot both before making your choice. Both are quality guns.

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Re: Stuck between G43/XDS/Shield 9mm

Post by Langenator » Tue Jan 26, 2016 3:08 pm

Do you have any of the full size counterparts? There's a lot to be said for maintaining a common manual of arms.

I went with the Sheild because I shoot an M&P 9L in 3-gun, and have a full size M&P that I carry when weather conditions allow a larger pistol.
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Re: Stuck between G43/XDS/Shield 9mm

Post by roscoe » Sun Jan 31, 2016 2:50 am

I tested all three at the range plus the Ruger LC9S Pro and liked the Shield the best. The Shield has the option of using the extended grip, which makes shooting it at the range a reasonable experience. It is my regular CCW and I like it a lot. But you can read a LOT of comparison reviews out there, and I doubt any of them would be a bad bet.

Other impressions: the Ruger is definitely the most concealable (bordering on pocket carry), which almost swayed me, but I have bigger hands and the grip was a bit too small. It was plenty accurate, though. I thought the grips on the Springfield were unnecessarily coarse and it was the blockiest/hardest to conceal. I didn't find specific fault with the Glock, but the S&W felt the closest to a real-sized handgun with the extended magazine, yet was just as small as the Glock with the smaller mag. And the Glock was close to $100 more, so the S&W won.

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Re: Stuck between G43/XDS/Shield 9mm

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Re: Stuck between G43/XDS/Shield 9mm

Post by painiac » Thu Mar 10, 2016 11:48 am

hondo wrote:All I can tell you is I know somebody who is now suing Springfield because his XDS fired out of battery and landed him into hospital. He was on the gun range changed a mag and gun slide closed and gun fired without trigger being pulled.
A protruding firing pin is always a possibility, particularly if the gun was not cleaned well; this can occur with new-in-box guns if they had excess packing grease. The firing pin moving forward from inertia and indenting a very soft primer is also a possibility. The fact is, these are recognized possible unsafe conditions with any firearm, which is exactly what the "safe direction" rule is for. I'm finding it extremely difficult to visualize how he managed to shoot himself during a mag change; I can only chalk it up to several different variations of shooter negligence, and I am hopeful that his lawsuit was unsuccessful.

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