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OK, so I know I've posted similar threads before but I'm struggling to make my mind up on this. I want to buy a second mini-9mm for off-duty/backup/CCW. (Duty gun is a G17.4)

I currently own a Shield 2.0 that I eventually fitted with a TLR-6. I love the gun, but want a second weapon because when I retire in a few years, I won't be able to buy another.

Resons for the Shield 2.0:
-Like the platform, and can shoot it well
-have numerous holsters already
-No alterations except finger extension, and someday a set of night sights.

Reasons for the G43:
-Similar to my duty gun...
-slightly smaller than the Shield
-a little variety
-Glock reputation

The bummer on the G43 is that I always have to add sights and mag basepads and the magazines are friggin expensive. The guns by price are very close. I like the feel of the grip / grip angle a little more on the G43. I have also heard that some agencies who use +P ammo in the G43 have had issues with parts breaking, but I have nothing but anecdotal info on that. Also, what gun is more durable over time?

I need some collective wisdom from my esteemed peers here. I'm really looking for specific experiences or info you all have. Also, who has stories of high round counts on these.


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G43 with Talo sights. You can buy it that way. Don’t use +P in the G43. Use Federal HST 150gr. HP.
 
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I also use the Taran Base pads for the mags to get another two rounds ..
 
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G43.

+P won't hurt it, either.
 
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G43 with Talo sights. You can buy it that way. Don’t use +P in the G43. Use Federal HST 150gr. HP.


My Talo was 489 plus 5% tax locally. Better than the price of a standard model at all Big Box dealers elsewhere.
 
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Am I to be the only dissenting voice? I have fired the G43 several times and own a Shield 2.0. I found the G43 to be punishing and not fun to shoot.
The Shield on the other hand is a soft shooter, easy to carry and about the same price.


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G43 does everything I need in a small carry gun. Yeah, new sights and a few mag extensions are needed so if that's a big deal, go the other direction. I have little experience with the Shield, but it's well thought of by many so it's probably a good option.



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I shoot the shield 2.0 better than the 43. I attribute it to the shield having larger grip front to back and is thus easier for me to grip.


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G43 with Talo sights. You can buy it that way. Don’t use +P in the G43. Use Federal HST 150gr. HP.
Why don't use +P in G43?


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I have a Shield 1.0 and it's been a great gun.
The Glock came out after I already had a Shield and I haven't shot one but it felt too small in my hand.
I don't pocket carry and the Shield is plenty small enough for my needs. The reliability and quality are the same from what I can tell. Because it's so popular there are more than enough accessories and they are priced reasonably.
 
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I found the G43 to be punishing and not fun to shoot.
I've never owned a 9mm that was punishing to shoot including the G43.


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I found the G43 to be punishing and not fun to shoot.
I've never owned a 9mm that was punishing to shoot including the G43.


Try the kel-tec PF9. It honestly sucks to shoot. Your trigger finger will hate you
 
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I like the g43, we have 2 of them now. My wife carries one daily and has no trouble hitting a few hundred rounds through it every range visit.
 
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G43 lot better after market toys and very reliable and smaller than shield.
 
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I carried an M&P shield 9 off duty for several years. When the G43 came out, it made sense to standardize my off duty carry with my duty weapon (Glock). So the M&P Shield sits in the safe and I carry the G43, both as back up and off duty.

Having said that, the Shield is a little bit of a softer shooting gun, but I don't find either one to be painful or objectionable.
 
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I also vote for the G43. Two of mine wear Taran +2 extensions and one magazine is a +1 Pearce. No reliability problems and recoil is not that bad, though I've got a Pachmayer grip sleeve on it.

This will help mitigate recoil and makes the grip a little more hand filling for my large hands.
 
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(Duty gun is a G17.4)

Then G43 is the answer hands down IMO.
 
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I recently was in the same situation and out of two I picked the Shield 2.0, got my shield for a great price and in my opinion the trigger doesn't need any work out of the box. I had a G43 in the past and I spend a lot more to get it set up, with my Shield I spend a out $400.00 including a high quality holster and hasn't missed a beat. At this point I have no desire of a G43 or even a P365.
 
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They're both good guns, I think I actually liked the Shield more but I kept the Glock and sold the Shield.

Not a fan of the full size or compact M&P's so I stayed with Glock all the way around.
 
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I believe Hogue makes a slide-on, textured-finger groove sleeve for the Shield.

It's hard to slide on, takes a little work to install, and may even fit both of your choices.

It makes a very nice addition, improving the grip and seems to absorb some minimal recoil from my Shield 2.0.

My #2 subcompact 9mm is an H&K P-30SK/S.
It's needed NO Add-Ons and outta the box it's built like a tank,seems 100% reliable with everything I've fed it, and is reasonably accurate even in my clumsy hands.

For shear fun, my Apex-Firing System Shield 2.0 remains a lot easier/fun to shoot.

But for CCW, I still like the ambi-safety on the H&K and the 15 round capacity of available H&K Factory Mags with no extra mods.
 
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