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S&W Sigma SW9VE 9mm Black/Stainless
by Scott F Date Added: Saturday 27 February, 2010
Not a gun you are going to enjoy. I bought the SW9VE 9mm because I wanted a gun to keep in a vehicle, was anxious to do the well documented trigger mods and because I wanted to shoot inexpensive ammo. Out of the box I was disappointed. The shiny black plastic looks crappy. When compared to my Springfield XD, the XD just looks like a better gun with fewer imperfections from the mold and deeper grip features.

Pulling the trigger for the first time - wow. This is harder than any gun I've ever used including revolvers. Anyone who said this trigger isn't too hard was not being honest. I really find it difficult to believe that "law enforcement" requested this trigger for safety reasons. Actually, I'd be amazed if any law enforcement officer used a $300 gun as their main carry weapon, but that is just my opinion. Of course, I was anxious to do the trigger mods. Potential buyers should note that there are claims that S&W will improve trigger pull for you for free under warranty.

Taking the gun apart, I cut down the outer of the two tandem springs inside the handle. I did not remove the pigtail spring in the handle. I ordered the Wolff 3.5 lb replacement striker spring and took out the factory one. Spent time polishing the internal metal and plastic parts that make contact in the handle as you pull the trigger. Shame on S&W for not smoothing out that metal piece which is actually roughest where it makes contact. Seriously. I put a very small amount of oil on all contact surfaces before replacing the parts/springs. Giving credit where credit is due, the slide appears to be made better than the rest of the gun. Reassembled everything and have a tolerable but still very long trigger pull. I will likely try polishing pieces again to make it a bit smoother.

Off to the range. 250 rounds of UMC FMJ ammo. Over 15 failure to loads and one stovepipe. Fortunately there were zero failure to fires with the new striker spring. Make sure you reassemble the striker correctly. The jury is still out on the failure to load. Maybe uncoated lead or hollow point will load better. I think I only went through one or two 15 round mags where I didn't have a FTL. Unacceptable. On accuracy, I've never done worse at the range. The long trigger pull is problematic and the 3 dot sites just don't seem as good as others I've used and I'm not sure why.

So now I have a gun that I wouldn't feel comfortable using for personal protection. Assuming I get my rebate I'm into the gun for $285 Including FFL transfer and the new spring. Even if I resolve the FTL issue I'd be concerned that the accuracy of the weapon would only make it useful for up to a few yards. I don't see myself enjoying this weapon at the range either. I do realize that this is not a $500 gun, but even so, it is still below average. If it had been $500 it would have just been a bad gun. I would recommend spending a bit more on a better gun. I think there is something fundamentally wrong with the trigger design in the Sigma series. You can only make it so good and it will still be way below what you get with slightly more expensive pistols.

I should mention that the purchase experience with Bud's was great. I mailed a check. They waited 5 days as advertised and promptly mailed the weapon via 2 day shipping to my FFL holder who was already in their database. Very easy.

Rating: 2 of 5 Stars! [2 of 5 Stars!]
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