Tommy was the first to use this as it came with his Green Ranger powers, though he could temporarily transfer the shield to other Rangers when needed. After Tommy lost his powers as the Green Ranger, he gave his coin to Jason, which gave him more power than before using the Dragon Shield, and enabled the Rangers to control the Dragonzord using the Dragon Dagger weapon. Tommy then got his powers back a short time later.
As the primary user, Tommy has two golden forearm bands in addition to the shield, as well as the Dragon Dagger. When he temporarily transfers the shield to other Rangers, they gain the shield, and he keeps the arm bands and Dragon Dagger. When Jason temporarily took the Green Ranger powers and called for them, he received the shield, both arm bands, the Dragon Dagger, and a color change of his morpher from its normal gray hue to a gold tint.
It was once again given to Tommy when he returned to the position of the Green Ranger. It was also used by Zack in the Season 1 finale episode, “An Oyster Stew” in which he also received the arm bands. After Tommy lost his Green Ranger powers, he obtained a similar shield when he received the White Ranger powers. It was last seen in the Dino Thunder episode “Fighting Spirit”.
During the filming of additional shots for the American Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series, the original shield prop wasn’t transferred overseas with the rest of the costume. A poor replica was utilized, making new and original sentai footage easily distinguishable