Look at the compact M&P as well before purchasing. The Shield is single stack, which gives it a slimmer profile, but it may not feel good in your hands being so slim. I didn't like it, but the compact is double stack, and much more comfortable in my hand. It's compact like the Shield, but not so damn skinny. Of course, skinny is easy to conceal, but with the right holster, you can conceal the full size .45 even on my frame, with just a T-shirt on. B'lee dat.