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SHIELD 2.0 with Crimson Trace – Review

The Shield 2.0 was recently released and at the time of shooting this video. They come in 10 different variations. The differences being some have optional night sights, external safeties, and integrated crimson trace lasers. There's literally an option for everyone. If you're interested in seeing what different models they offer we suggest going to Smith & Wesson's website. Trying to explain all of the different options here might get really confusing.

 

For today we're going to be reviewing the 9mm Crimson Trace version without the external safety.

Shield 2.0

Shield 2.0

The gun comes packaged in a cardboard box, which is a little disappointing considering most guns these days come with some sort of a plastic case. Inside the box you will find a tiny Allen wrench for adjusting the laser, along with a small laser lens cleaner, one 7-round magazine, one 8-round extended grip magazine, gun lock, warranty paperwork, and the gun.

The construction of the gun is really good. Both the barrel and the slide are constructed from stainless steel and feature an armorlite finish. The slide serrations are very positive  and make manipulating the slide easy, even with sweaty hands. The frame has nice texturing and it's not nearly as aggressive as its bigger brothers, but I think this will be better for concealing and being up against your skin for long periods of time. Our gun came with steel 3 dot sights which we really like. The sight picture is easy to pick up and worked well on this gun. The gun is not completely ambidextrous as it only has one slide stop on the left side of the gun. The magazine release though is interchangeable to the left or the right side.

Shield 2.0

Shield 2.0

If you watched my M&P 2.0 Compact video, you probably know I'm not a very big fan of the Smith & Wesson hinged trigger set up, but I have to say on the shield 2.0, I really didn't mind it. The trigger has a little bit of travel and an okay break. The reset is not bad on this gun as well, It's both tactile and audible. The 5 pull average was 4lbs 10.7oz. Not bad for this little gun.

During our range test of the Shield 2.0, the gun performed flawlessly. We had zero malfunctions. The only issue we did notice was when initially running Blazer aluminum case 115 grain ammo through the gun. We realized it was not very accurate, so we switched to Fiocchi 124 grain brass cased ammo, and the accuracy was significantly better. I don't think there was anything wrong with the Blazer ammo, as it has been plenty accurate out of other guns I've reviewed, I just think this short barrel will favor heavier rounds. If you own one of these, let us know below what your experience has been with different types of ammunition through your Shield.

Shield 2.0

Shield 2.0

 

As we mentioned this gun has the integrated Crimson Trace laser. Out of the box, the laser was way off, and needed adjusting. To adjust the laser, it comes with a small Allen wrench, and there are two small holes on the outside of the frame where you will adjust your windage and elevation. After adjusting the laser, we have over 400 rounds through the gun and we can say that so far it has held zero.

This laser has 2 modes. The first mode is on with a solid beam, and the second mode is a flashing mode. I'm not really sure why you would need the flashing mode, and I think I would rather only have the one mode.

In order to change the batteries on the laser you just remove the slide, and there's a small door right above the laser where you can access the battery compartment.

Shield 2.0

Shield 2.0

I really like the design of this laser and think the button placement is really well done. I can turn the laser on and off from a shooting grip with no issues. There's a button on both sides of the gun so it's completely ambidextrous. Regardless of hand size, I don't think anyone is going to have an issue operating this laser. Also, the buttons are flush, so there's really no chance you're going to inadvertently turn the laser on until you deliberately push the button. 

What are my final thoughts?

The Shield 2.0 is a great little gun. The grip is comfortable, aggressive, and the gun functioned 100% during our test. We think this is a great option for somebody who's looking for a really compact and lightweight handgun. Due to the laser design, there will be plenty of holsters available for this gun in no time, which can often times be an issue with adding a laser or any accessories to a handgun.

Shield 2.0

Shield 2.0

And that's all we have for today we'd like to thank Central Texas Gun Works for supplying this gun for review. If you're in the Austin area go check them out. They have a great selection and can order anything you need. If you liked this review please give it a thumbs up and let us know in the comments section what you'd like to see us review next. If you have any questions about this review or the Shield 2.0, shoot us a message or leave it in the comment section below. Don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel and to follow us on Facebook at Lone Star Gun Rights.

As always Lone Star Gunners, stay armed, stay vigilant!

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Mossberg Shockwave – Review – VIDEO

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Springfield XD-E – Review (VIDEO)

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CZ SCORPION – SHOOTERS ELEMENT REVIEW- VIDEO

The CZ Scorpion pistol was originally released in 2015, to be later followed up by the carbine model which was released in 2016. Both models have a non reciprocating side charging handle, adjustable trigger reach and ambidextrous controls. Both the frame and the magazines are made from a high grade polymer to keep the gun lightweight yet durable. The gun is easy to shoot, has low recoil, comfortable ergonomics out of the box and is extremely affordable. It's no wonder why the CZ scorpion is so popular.

Drawbacks

Despite being such a good firearm to begin with, it does have its shortcomings. The factory charging handle is small and would be very hard to manipulate with gloves on or just large hands in general. This could also be an issue in high stress situations.

CZ SCORPION

Factory Charging Handle

The factory trigger is very heavy with some of them measuring over 9 lbs. This could make taking shots beyond 50 yards more difficult, as well as, making it more difficult to obtain faster follow up shots.

The factory magazine release is an interesting design which allows you to use either your trigger finger or thumb to release the magazines. While it functions okay it is not the most efficient nor the most intuitive to learn how to use quickly.

Shooters Element

In order to fix these issues we reached out to Shooters Element. Shooters Element has been making high quality CZ Scorpion parts since 2015. In fact, Shooters Element was the first company to release an aftermarket trigger for the CZ Scorpion.

Charging Handle

In order to improve the charging handle on our Scorpion we opted to go for one of the Shooters Element Improved Charging Handles. The charging handles are machined out of 6061-t6 billet aluminum with a type 2 hard coat anodize applied in either red or black. For ours we opted for the red. The rod of the charging handle is made out of high-grade stainless steel so it will never rust or deteriorate.

CZ SCORPION

Shooters Element Charging Handle on left and Factory on Right

The new charging handle is a vast improvement over the original. Now I can easily fit two fingers on the charging handle while manipulating the bolt. I see this charging handle as being much easier to manipulate whether you have gloves on or if you're in a high-stress situation. The fit, finish and quality of the charging handle is very high.

Trigger

We've done multiple things to our Scorpion in order to fix the trigger. First we replaced the original trigger with the Shooters Element Enhanced Flat Trigger. This trigger is machined out of 6061-t6 aluminum just like the charging and is also available in red or black. For ours we went with red once again.

CZ SCORPION

Shooters Element Enhanced Flat Trigger

Over all the fit, finish and feel of the enhanced flat trigger is another huge improvement over the factory. The angled part at the bottom of the trigger allows you to get a little bit more leverage for a lighter pull and it also allows you to more consistently put your finger in the same spot each time you shoot.

Trigger Pack

Next thing we did to improve the trigger was to have Shooters Element install an HB Industries reduced weight trigger spring kit. Others have reported that just this spring kit alone could lower your trigger pull to around 6 lbs but we didn't stop there. We opted to have Shooters Element perform one of their internal trigger polish services. This is where they take your factory trigger pack apart and polish all of the areas that come in contact with one another, effectively reducing drag,grit and trigger weight.

CZ SCORPION

Shooters Element Polished Internals

On our Scorpion, these modifications have resulted in a trigger pull that is just under 4 pounds. This is a huge improvement over our factory trigger that was pulling over 9lbs. This has greatly improved the speed of our follow up shots and the accuracy of our shots beyond 50 yards. We are very pleased with the results.

Magazine Release

In order to improve our magazine release we went with the Shooters Element Extended Magazine Release. The magazine release is machined from 6061-t6 aluminum with a type 2 hard coat anodize that is available in either red or black. For ours we went with red again.

CZ SCORPION

Shooters Element Extended Mag Release

This magazine release is a huge improvement over the factory. The factory magazine release does not have the paddle below the trigger guard, which, in our opinion, makes all the difference in the world. This makes it more similar to an AK or an MP5, but, in our opinion, better than both. The improved mag release still has provisions on either side of the trigger guard so that the magazine release can still be manipulated with your trigger finger while also incorporating the benefits of the paddle. In our testing, magazine drops and swaps were much faster and more intuitive due to this extended mag release.

Conclusion

All in all, we are really happy with how much better our Scorpion performs. If you are looking into getting a Scorpion, or just looking for some upgrades for your Scorpion, we don't feel you can go wrong with Shooters Element. The whole process from when I packaged up my parts and sent them to Shooters Element only took about a week. If you're interested in checking out any of the products that we've talked about in this video we have links in the description. Don't forget to subscribe to our Channel and to like us on Facebook. As always Lone Star Gunners stay armed and stay vigilant.