I got my first pistol last year, an XD9SC, which I really, really like. I've shot it the best of anything I've tried. I wanted something smaller and got an LC9 shortly after that. I really tried, but couldn't get used to the trigger, and the recoil was starting to do nerve damage to my index finger. After reading 100's of posts on the XDs and the Shield, and briefly shooting a Shield a couple of months ago, I decided to trade the LC9 in on one. I didn't find it to be nearly as accurate at the XD when I tried it, but I figured I'd get used to it. It wasn't easy to find, but I got on the waiting lists of all of my LGS's and one of them got one Thurs. I traded in my LC9, picked up the Shield, and headed to the range. I'd also just had a HiVis front sight put on my XD (thanks to James for the quick and excellent service!!), so I wanted to try that out too. No cleaning, no oiling, I just loaded it. I put up 2 targets at 7 yards for the XD and 2 for the Shield. This was my best Shield target, and better than both of my XD targets, which really surprised me. Being lighter it has a bit more recoil than the XD, but MUCH less than the LC9. The trigger is a little heavier than the XD, but so similar that I had no problem going from one gun to the other, which I did with the LC9 and XD. If I lay one on top of the other they are almost identical in size, but of course the Shield is quite a bit narrower and lighter. I couldn't be happier with the gun.