So I took the new .45 Shield out to the range today.
Here's the 10 yard target after the first magazine.
The next magazine all went right into the 10-ring as well, as did the third. There were no malfunctions with a hundred rounds fired.
Recoil is amazingly mild for such a small .45 and the aggressive texture of the grips makes it easy to keep a good hold on it. Sights are great for fixed white dot and the trigger is ok but I already have an Apex kit here for it that I bought in Atlanta, anticipating this pistol's purchase.
Here it is with a Sig P-220 for size comparison.
And here's my friend shooting it so you can appreciate how it fits her hands.
She also liked another firearm that I brought to the range.
We also shot my Ruger LCP in .380. That gun is much smaller that the Shield but also has a much sharper recoil "bite" and it holds one less round. S&W hit this one out of the park.