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Ultimate Shield Project

Introducing the Ultimate S&W Shield Project!

Over the next couple of months I’m going to be addressing some things on the S&W Shield to make it the best concealed carry pistol that it can be.

Some of the things that I’ll be addressing:

  • Sights: The Shield ships with some basic 3-dot sights. They are narrow, and invisible in the dark. These aren’t acceptable on a carry gun.
  • Thumb Safety: It’s too small! I’m not 100 percent sure how I’m going to address this yet, but rest assured, I’ll find a way to make it just a little easier to swipe off.
  • Grip: One thing I’ve noticed with drawing the Shield from the appendix position is that my fingers slide on the front strap a little, which causes me to re-grip the pistol once it’s out of the holster. This is no bueno.

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About Lucas

Editor/Head Honcho at Triangle Tactical. Lucas is a life long shooter and outdoorsman, avid concealed carrier and competitive shooter, and a lover of pork fat.


  1. I did the following upgrades to mine:

    Apex DCAEK kit
    Talon rubberized grips (not granular)
    Trijicon night sights

    Like you though, I hate the safety but I am proficient with it.

  2. I really like the grips. The rubberized grips require just a tiny bit of trimming (unlike the granular grips) as you are fitting them to the pistol but they fit really well.

    If fitted properly, the grips actually look like stippling. There is a you tube video showing how to install the grips if you want to check it out before you take the plunge.

    I don’t remember but I think the grips cost about $14 and they are worth every penny IMHO. Supposedly they are easily removed if you ever decide to sell or trade the pistol.

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