So…does a whopping two more rounds tilt the decision of Glock 43X vs Shield in the Austrian’s favor? Or does the slimmer dimensions make the S&W the better choice?
Having handled and shot both of these pistols…it’s going to come down to how it feels in the hand. For me, the guy writing this, there is no feature that either gun has that would naturally steer me to one or the other. It comes down to the fit. Recoil and accuracy are so close that neither stands apart from the other.
As to the two more/fewer rounds…to my mind, who cares? If you’re that hung up on capacity, get a bigger gun and stop messing around. You may think something different, but it makes no real nevermind to me.
For the person looking for a carry gun, frankly if you have issues concealing either pistol…you’re the problem, not the gun. The width and height of the Glock 43X are not so big nor so much larger than the Shield that you’d have no problems with the latter but issues with the former. A Glock 20? That requires some strategy. A 43X? Get out of my office.
The Shield has a more comfortable grip angle with the 18-degree grip of the M&P series (and the 1911) but the Glock 43X, with that little bit more girth, fills the palm up a little better. Firing grip matters, and you want a gun you can really get a grip on. Additionally, the palm swell of the 43X feels more comfortable than that of the standard Glock.
You might prefer the stipling of the Glock over the texturing of the S&W, or perhaps vice versa.
On paper, the Shield only holds two fewer rounds but will cost upward of $100 less in-store. You can also get a Hyve magazine extension to bring the extended magazine up to 10+1, and you’ll be out less cash than you’d pay for the 43X if you can shop worth a darn.
However, having handled and shot both of these guns, I’d opt for the Glock 43X if I had to choose one of them. (Actually, I’d save up for a PPQ Subcompact if I had to have a compact plastic fantastic, but nevermind.) It fits my hand a bit better than the Shield and that makes a big difference.
But that’s just my opinion, the goofball putting these words on a page. YOU, on the other hand, may find something totally different. Get out there and handle both. Shoot both. The one you like better is the one you should get.
Just make sure you get an Alien Gear Holster to go with it.
Source: Alien Gear Holsters