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by Daniel S Date Added: Wednesday 14 July, 2010
This is the first gun I've purchased, but I have shot many different handguns and wanted something small and compact that I could carry. Bud's had this on special for $299.99 and Smith & Wesson is offering a $50 mail in rebate.

So let's start with Bud's service. I've never bought a gun, let alone bought a gun online before and I was skeptical about ordering, but I've yet to read a review that someone was dissatisfied with them and with the lowest price I could find for this gun new, I went ahead and ordered it. Bud's apparently sends all their guns 2nd day air, but I didn't get my gun until almost a week later. Now, this isn't Bud's fault because they shipped my gun the same day I ordered it, which I was really happy about, but UPS just completely shuts down the day before a holiday and the day after. Bud's allows you to choose what dealer they send your gun to, so be careful what dealer you choose. I chose a gunsmith a few miles away from my house instead of the gun shop down the street from me because I can't stand those guys. The gunsmith’s number wasn’t even in the phone book and I couldn’t find his number online, so I e-mailed Bud’s and they responded very quickly with a number to call the shop with. Also, the gunsmith I sent it to had very weird hours and was closed random days of the week, which took another day to get my gun. I finally picked up my gun and transferred it with no problems. After all this, I will definitely order from Bud’s again without a shadow of a doubt, but a heads up for other first time buyers here, don’t order your gun on a holiday weekend and more importantly, know where you’re getting your gun sent to. Other than that, this was surprisingly easier than I could’ve imagined, so thanks Bud’s.

Now on to the SW9VE, when I received my gun, it was somewhat dirty and there was a lot of grime on the outside of the slide. I don’t know if this is the preservative they use on the gun or what, but it looked like a poorly maintained weapon. I broke it down, which is possibly one of the easiest guns to breakdown I’ve ever seen, and gave it a good cleaning. The lack of a manual safety was a bit of a concern, but the trigger safety is really sufficient. I read a lot of reviews that talk about a heavy trigger pull and yes it is there because of the lack of a manual safety, but it’s really not a big deal. I found that it had little to no effect on my accuracy and I was used to it about halfway through a box of ammo. I’ve only shot 300 rounds of ammo through it so far, but not a single jam or ftf. The gun performs flawlessly and I was able to achieve decent accuracy at 30 yds. At first, I thought this would be a really good firearm to be my first personal gun and I had planned on trading it something better. Problem being is that this is a really good gun. It’s accurate, light, reliable, well constructed and cheap. I had two people come up to me at the range and ask about my gun and they had the same things to say that everyone else that doesn’t own one says: “That’s going to jam any second” or “you’re not going to be able to hit anything at 10 yds with that trigger”. Needless to say, I shut them both up pretty quick.

All in all, this is a great weapon and something I don’t mind trusting my life to. A weapon only performs as well as the person that wields it. If you can apply the skill to this weapon, the S&W Sigma SW9VE will do the rest.

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