I haven't paid much attention to the SHIELD but it seems like a neat gun. Is it smaller than a Kahr, a Rohrbaugh? Admittedly the Rorbaugh is more like a Ferrari in price and exotic factor. For mass market and to compete with Kahr, it seems like Smith and Wesson got it right with the Shield. I saw that it is to sell for under $500, and for somebody who owns Smith and Wesson 340 M&P's and 340 PD's, that's a steal!! I paid over $1000 for my 340PD!! I kinda' like the Shield, the official factory promo video got me fired up!! I'll post that in a separate topic.