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Old 03-30-2024, 08:38 AM
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I have a chance to pick up an SD40 VE from my LGS, as new in the box with 2 mags. Original owner states 2 mags fired. Makes sense as 2 boxes of included ammo are missing just that. Are these any good? Neat package, feels good in the hand. I have absolutely no knowledge of these pistols. They have been around so long so it is hard to find any good intel. Thanks.
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I had SD9VE few years ago , no problems grip feels good in hand . Pistol is light weight was snappy with 9mm 115 gr sure it will be with .40 . Only thing didn't like was the take down plate or lever ,installed a wide one forgot were I ordered it from
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I have used the Sigmas for loaners and trainers since the SD s first came out. I sold my SD40VE because my customers (mostly inexperienced) complained about .40 S&W recoil.
Also, the SDs are infamous for there long, hard trigger pull. There have been lots of "modifications" that claim to lighten the trigger pull, but they really don't help much, and some will turn it into a single shot with full power ammunition. Either love the stock trigger pull, or don't buy it.

In stock form, the SDs are very reliable and durable, with a trigger pull much like a double action revolver.
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Practical guns. No frills. Not very likely to ever be a collector's item or Museum piece, but 30 years ago everyone said that about the Model 915 and I have two of them. I would prefer a CHP 4006 TSW, but if you like shooting the VE and you feel the price is right, enjoy it! No one is talking me out of my Model 915s.
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They work well, I have never had a problem with function or accuracy, for more than 20 years. I have both, Sigma's and SW SV 40. Be Safe,
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I've had a couple of these for years. Shot maybe 1800 rounds between them. They are reliable in stock form. Trigger is utilitarian but the guns are accurate; no problem keeping 10 rounds prone on a Q target @ 50 yards.

None of the aftermarket triggers and springs are reliable; I had one aftermarket internet fanboy brand trigger brand crack after only 400 rounds. Stick with the factory trigger.

One of the guns developed at an issue with premature lockback. S&W sent me a new slide stop and spring and that corrected it. Also, the slidestop is rather large, relatively lightly sprung, and in a position to be inadvertently depressed or actuated while firing, if you take a thumbs-forward grip. Old Weaver stance/grip might be advisable.

Slide is cut for S&W M&P sights if you desire a change. For the price they are serviceable.

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