Why must we start with handguns that are only 6 months old or less? Why must we base the trigger quality only on reports from people who just spent a big chunk of money on a new gun, and may not even OWN or have shot anything else; do we somehow expect them to be LESS biased and more experienced? How do we measure the relative "softness" of recoil? Or the "capability" of "round stacking", whatever that is?
What about the fact that the Shield has no long-term record of reliability in the real world, that we have no idea how well it will hold up to large amounts of shooting in regards to durability OR accuracy, and that I wouldn't trade 20%-30% of my carry gun's magazine capacity (Glock 26) for an untested weapon that is .23" thinner but .43" taller (long grips/grip-frames "printing" on a cover garment are usually what gives away a hidden gun); not to mention losing a third of an inch in sight radius and "gaining" a heavier trigger pull.
The Bren Ten was once considered the "Gun of the Year" by some folks, too. Seen a lot of those floating around lately?