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Old 03-23-2014, 09:40 PM
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I'm a wheelgun guy, so other than my 39-2 I have little experience with the autos.

My son was offered a SD40VE for $300. Would be another $25 for a NY transfer. Supposedly it was only fired 100x and it comes with "several 100" rounds of new factory ammo. Don't load that caliber so need to add dies, bullet mold, etc. to the cost.

A quick search came up with some not so good reviews. What do the experts say about this gun and the price?
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I paid $319 new. Have had no issues with mine. The factory trigger pill is long (8 lbs) and takes some getting used to but it shoots well. The rounds that come with it make it even more attractive.


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I'm sure, like most on here, will tell you. That sounds like a good deal. I have an SD40VE. The trigger takes some getting used to, heavy. Mine is between 8-9 pounds. It's no worse than most D/A revolver triggers. There are spring and trigger kits to fix it if you want. Mine is my EDC gun so I'm leaving it alone. There are no external safeties on it except the Glock style self defense trigger. Have had 0 issues with it no failures of any kind. After 1 yr and several hundred rounds it will do 10 round groups of 3 1/2" to 4" shooting 2 handed. Not great but enough for self defense. Most of that is me not the gun, shooting off sand bags it shoots where you aim it. I would say get it and enjoy.
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This is a budget priced gun that can be had new from 299 to 400 new, depending on where you live and the market.
Down south....you can steal em.
I have no problem buying used. However, I'd be concerned about buying it used, at that price...sight unseen. With lots of new ammo...that makes it a good deal.
Tons of good reviews...they are a great gun for the price.
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I have one and have not had any issues with it. No FTF, no FTE and no FTL. It cycles flawlessly and is as accurate as you are. I don't have any issues with the trigger myself. It's my EDC weapon. I have been contemplating a few mods but haven't committed to it yet. And you can't beat the price. Buy it and enjoy years of dependable service with routine maintenance.

Update: I recently purchased the Galloway guide rod with the 20# spring to add to mine and reduced recoil jump noticeably over a well broke in stock 17# spring. I'm still wrestling with the Apex trigger and spring kit though since it is my EDC firearm.

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-Another lover of the SD40 VE here! The price is what you can find a new one for on sale,but the ammo that comes with it would be all bonus. Like some others, the trigger doesn't really affect me at all. I didn't grow up shooting 1911A1s, so the difference wasn't an issue. I'm also another one who will probably leave the stock springs in. This is one hungry pistol that eats ammo like no tomorrow. If your son can have someone check it our, or a written guarantee from the seller in case he finds something wrong with it, then I'd jump all over that deal!

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Once Smith worked the initial problems out of the Sigma series they became as good as any of the other wonder pistols and the 100s of factory rounds make it a no brainier as far as a good deal goes. JMHO
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All of the "true" reviews, gun magazines and knowledgeable folks not bubba on youtube, have been very positive for both the SD9VE and SD40VE. I own both and have been extremely impressed by their performance. I don't see anything wrong with the trigger and like it the way it is. I trust them to fire every time and they are very accurate even up to 30 yards off hand with good self defense ammo.

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besides maybe polishing the feed ramp it should be good. mine has had thousands of rounds thru it and fires fine everytime
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...A quick search came up with some not so good reviews...
That's strange, I found nothing but positive reviews when I researched the SD9. In fact the reviews convinced me to buy the gun. With the exception of those who say "spend the extra $200 and get an M&P" I haven't seen any negative reviews. I'd ask you to post a link to one just out of curiosity, but it wouldn't make me like my SD9 any less.

Here's the kind of review I found when I went looking. Hope this helps.
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That's strange, I found nothing but positive reviews when I researched the SD9. In fact the reviews convinced me to buy the gun. With the exception of those who say "spend the extra $200 and get an M&P" I haven't seen any negative reviews. I'd ask you to post a link to one just out of curiosity, but it wouldn't make me like my SD9 any less.

Here's the kind of review I found when I went looking. Hope this helps.
most i read, bashed the trigger. alot of people dont like the trigger. oddly enough alot of them also love 1911's. this is no 1911 trigger thats for sure.

some bash the lack of a external safety, some dont like that its a cheap glock clone and they are glock fanboys.

there are a ton of bad reviews. i decided to come here and ask the owners of them, that convinced me to buy one
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I don't see anything wrong with the trigger and like it the way it is. I trust them to fire every time and they are very accurate even up to 30 yards off hand with good self defense ammo.

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-That's one of the things I like about this trigger. It isn't light enough to cause an accidental discharge from being bumped into. The only way this pistol will fire is if your finger is actually on the trigger pressing it back. The safety is between your ears. Keep your finger off the trigger unless you are ready to send a round down range!!

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the MA compliant SD has a 10.5 lb trigger. the "standard" and CA compliant models have a 8 lb trigger. mine has a crisp, clean 5.5 lb now
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A quick search came up with some not so good reviews. What do the experts say about this gun and the price?
I'd be willing to bet 90% of those "not so good reviews" are reviews are from ppl that have never even touched the SD9VE. That's the problem with the Internet; anyone can sound like an expert while actually being utterly clueless.

It's a good gun. I'm impressed with it. In fact, I was impressed enough to buy one for around $315.00 -- when the last thing I needed was yet another 9mm.

Btw, my trigger is stock and I don't plan on changing it out. I'm quite happy with it.
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That's strange, I found nothing but positive reviews when I researched the SD9. In fact the reviews convinced me to buy the gun. With the exception of those who say "spend the extra $200 and get an M&P"
Yeah, it seems every forum in every corner of the Internet with a post regarding a gun and it's price will invariably have that one guy who feels he has to recommend spending another $100.00 for the _______ gun.

Hey guys, I'm thinking of dropping 25hundred on a new custom Dan Wesson 1911 because....

"OMGZ NOES, JESS SPEND ANUTHUR $100 or TOO AN GET TEH GURMAN MOUSER WITH A FLUX CAPICTOR"

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I am happy with mine and carry it every day when I am not working.
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-Seriously??? I can get the flux capacitor option???

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I purchased a SD9VE recently and I believe it is the best bang for the buck semi auto extant. The only thing I couldn't live with on my pistol was the rotten trigger. Like many on the forum I polished the feed ramp and went with the apex spring kit. Also polished a couple surfaces per the instructions in the apex video. Made a world of difference. If you have small hands the factory grip is near perfect although folks with larger mitts seem to like the ergos as well. With my pistol at least I have found the elevation POI to be very close at 50 feet with various types of ammo. A real plus when dealing with windage only adjustable sights. My 9mm feeds anything I have tried flawlessly including cast bullet loads. I'm sure you will be pleased with the 40 S&W version....
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I have one, purchased a long time ago, but not yet fired (shame on me ) I don't know about the bad reviews, but I know that Bud's reviews it at close to five stars, and that's with a whole bunch of customer reviews. (Higher rated than some of the Colt 1911's. ) My Sigma 9 works great, so I'm guessing the SD40ve will too. Neither one of them is a CZ 75, but that's not what you're paying for.

If it were me, though, I'd pay another 30 bucks for a brand new one from Bud's. Or some such place.

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I have recently puchased a New SD40ve from a friend who is an FFL.
I paid less than $300. for the piece! I am very pleased with the performance and the way it shoots.
I am 83 years old and have no problem with the recoil. It is "Snappy" but still quite manageable.
I shoot it at the local club and indoor range. I wear a leather glove onmy shooting hand to help me with the
long trigger pull. I have shot over 100 rds so far...and I am glad I settled for this Auto-loader.

I say, buy the gun and the ammo, you are going to like the way it shoots.
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I recently installed an Apex trigger kit and I love it. Can't really tell that it made the trigger any lighter, but sure made it smoother. Had mine about a year and a half and no issues. Pull the trigger, it fires, ejects the spent cartridge and reloads the next one. What's not to like?
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Recently picked up an used one. calloway trigger spring kit lowering the pull down to about 5lbs from the 12 it used to be (thanks MA laws). Cleaned it out and lubricated it on the suggested spots. Finally took it to the range yesterday and it shot perfect every time. We only put 55 rounds through it but I am happy to say that it had no failures to feed or fire. In a few days I will be getting the 22lbs stainless steel guide rod and the better pull down lever from calloway in the mail.

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Does anyone in here have the sd40ve or the sd9ve california compliant version I need some help but mine is the california one so I have extra steps in mine I changed the trigger with no issue but now I have a proable in the sear block section don't recall how the parts go on this part
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I have SD40EV love it heavy trigger take some to get use to i put -500+ rounds to learn the long curve but that was me first time gun owner. A very ease to clean lot of 40sw ammo out there I paid 330 at FL gun show IMO best gun for the money. BTW it is 100% stock
I did that at 10 yards.

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I purchased my SD40VE CA compliance and already had total 2155x rounds without any problems
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Does anyone in here have the sd40ve or the sd9ve california compliant version I need some help but mine is the california one so I have extra steps in mine I changed the trigger with no issue but now I have a proable in the sear block section don't recall how the parts go on this part
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