Between the P89 and S&W9VE
I'm always comparing pistols now. My first foray into buying a 9mm has turned me into a nut for deciphering the all the relevant statistics to these pistols and making a decision based on one or two stats.
So, since the cheapest 9's in my area are a Ruger P89 and a S&W 9VE Allied Forces edition, I'm looking critically at them now. Bare with me while I get some easy to find stats out of the way.
Cost (Unit): Ruger is $335 from dealer. S&W is $325.
Cost(Magazines): Ruger between $20 and $30. I couldn't find magazine prices for the 9VE!
Aftermarket Parts: Between $10 and $40 for Ruger Grips. No grips for a Sigma!
Barrel lengths are similar, size and weight are similar, and sights are similar. No one's complained about reliability who meant it.
So there is only one thing that could set these two truly apart. Accuracy.
So, knowing that there are 9VE and P89 owners here (I've seen the pictures of your guns!), someone tell me what your standard 25 yard spread is with either a 9VE or P89. This is the final factor that matters.