I have shot both the G43 and i own a shield in 9mm and have put over well over 4k rounds thru it.. I have also shot the shield in .40 a good bit. All three are good guns, the G43 for me is a little too small in my hands. It also does not have near the recoil control that the shield does. In my opinion .40 is a little too much round for the shield frame. It shoots 9mm really nicely but 40 is harder to control, it has a ton of recoil. My .45 shoots softer than the shield 40 does. If i was going to buy a non full framed .40 it would be the M&P compact .40 or a G23.This one is interesting. Though I've been wanting a S&W M&P Shield .40 once I get to a state that doesn't have registration laws so I can buy one.
My information may not be totally up to date but the last time I checked only three states west of the Mississippi required background checks for gun show purchases; California, Colorado and Oregon, although some local jurisdictions have tried to impose their own regulations, generally unconstitutional and unsuccessful. Private sales between individuals (defined as a person whose primary livelihood is not based on firearm sales) are likewise exempted from background checks.Are you talking about buying new? If so; ARE there states where a dealer can sell, without you filling out government paperwork? I believe some states allow person to person sales between people that both live in that state without any forms. When I was last in California; you were required to do a transfer through a dealer, buyer getting a background check and pay a fee. -J-
Until the recent enactment of the NY SAFE ACT, it was always legal to sell and buy long guns between private parties. I could legally find long guns, rifles and shotguns, at a yard sale and buy them at will. Hand guns have always been highly restricted here. After the SAFE ACT it is now illegal in NY to transfer any long gun or hand guns without the middle man being a FFL dealer and doing the paperwork and the background checks.My information may not be totally up to date but the last time I checked only three states west of the Mississippi required background checks for gun show purchases; California, Colorado and Oregon, although some local jurisdictions have tried to impose their own regulations, generally unconstitutional and unsuccessful. Private sales between individuals (defined as a person whose primary livelihood is not based on firearm sales) are likewise exempted from background checks.
That having been said I would offer my own personal experience. Several years ago a friend of a close relative inherited a large quantity of firearms, accessories and ammunition from her father who was a barber and avid trader and gun collector. She was not comfortable selling the items herself and the offers for the whole lot were ridiculously low so she asked for my assistance. I agreed, given the understanding that it would probably take a long time to realize a fair price.
Initially I sold several but always required the purchasers to provide a photo ID which I copied and kept for my own records. If they declined I refused to sell. After dealing with too many flakes and spooks I decided it was not worth the bother and potential risk so now all that I sell have background checks handled by a local Federal Firearms Licensee for a small fee. I still handle the advertising and negotiations.
If you do purchase or sell a firearm from/to an individual or at a gun show you have no way of knowing who you might be dealing with - a criminal, mentally ill person, an undercover LEO or worse, or the possibility your personal information and or identification may be determined and reported anyway. Some may recall the initial federal charge against Randy Weaver of Ruby Ridge stemmed from his sale of a modified shotgun to an undercover ATF agent who then tried to coerce Randy into becoming an informant against the Aryan Nation.
A personal anecdote, in early 1993 I purchased an M-1 Carbine at a Fort Worth gun show, without any background check. Later, while still at the show I was approached by an individual who asked he if he could see my carbine then made an offer to buy for more than I paid. I declined and directed him to the table where I made my purchase where there were several more to choose from. He said no, he wanted to buy from me. I again declined and went on my way giving the matter no further thought. Several months later when the smoke from Waco cleared and the trials of the survivors began I recognized Paul Fatta as the would be buyer. The moral - you never know who you might be dealing with in the shadows. Not worth the risk to me.
Just my two cents and certainly not guaranteed accuracy or legality.