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    Sigma vs. M&P

    I've been looking at M&Ps an Walther P99s lately, but recently have handled and fired a few Sigmas. I can shoot very accurately with either a Sigma or M&P pistol (I prefer a heavy trigger and haven't had a chance to try the P99), and so am trying to decide if the M&P is worth about $200 more than the Sigma (new M&P40 is ~$500, new Sigma is ~$300). What, if anything, would make the M&P an overwhelmingly better choice?

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    If you can shoot accurately with either then buy the less expensive one if money is an issue. Otherwise you could decide based on which one feels more comfortable.

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    Buy the Sigma and put the $200 toward your first 1000 rounds of ammo.

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    I have both and the M&P and Sigma. I am very accurate with the M&P as it just feels so much more smoother than the Sigma. It's all personal choice when you get right down to it.

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    If you shoot both well try and think of one thing about either that you like more and run with it.

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    If it were me I would go with the M&P, just because I believe it will last forever and is higher quality...

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    I had that choice before me and chose the M&P. I am very happy with the M&P.

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    I had a sigma it was reliable..... I shot it well, i got sick of the rough hard trigger pull. The M&P would be my choice, buy used to save a few bucks.

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    Choose the one you really want. They all work and you can drill yourself to proper skill with either of them. It is best to be happy with your choice, rather than having buyer's remorse. I have an M&P 9C in 9mm and I think it is quite a good shooter.

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    What are the quality differences?

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    M&P

    I like my M&P so much I sold my Glock. Damn it feels good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ORYGUN View Post
    I like my M&P so much I sold my Glock. Damn it feels good.

    May I ask why? I ask only because I have been suggested by 2 or 3 people to try the M & P. I have a Glock 23 for work, but I am looking for a ccw, preferrably in 9 mm.

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    For Smith and Wesson, the Sigma is their "entry level" gun. A reliable, solid "work-horse" design, but crude.

    Simpler heavier trigger, higher bore-axis (more muzzle flip with the same load), I believe most of the Sigmas are 16+1, and the M&Ps are 17+1. The M&P has the interchangable back-straps for better fit... better sights.

    Between bore-axis, trigger, back-straps, and sights... I think an experienced shooter will more often pay the extra $200... I would.

    Jeff

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    I chose the M&P, put the large grips on and absolutely love the feel of it now. So being able to adapt the grip, while not vital is a good selling point to consider. If you like the grip/feel of the Sigma then it can be ignored.

    Let us know what you choose!

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    Sigma vs M&P

    One topic not covered in the replies: The Sigma is warranteed for a year. The M&P is a lifetime warranty.
    Makes it much easier to justify the extra dollars.

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    Get the Sigma

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    I own 2 M&P's and my wife bought me a Sigma 40 for Christmas. The Sigma is like a Yugo and the M&P is like a BMW. Buy the M&P.

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    Recommend the M&P

    I know I'm coming late to this party, but here's my nickel's worth:


    According to my 'expert', a cop who is the armorer and weapons trainer for his department, the M&P is built to a higher standard. It is meant to be a reliable weapon for use by professionals. As such it is extremely well engineered, reasonably priced, and will shoot almost any cartridge with no problems. Also, it will continue shooting under conditions that the Sigma most likely will not. It is a workhorse gun, not an entry level one. Mine has been completely reliable from the first use. The grip inserts make it customizable and comfortable for most users.
    It is being used my a number of police departments now.

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    I'm taking back the Yugo comment the more I shoot the Sigma the more I like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lance0812 View Post
    One topic not covered in the replies: The Sigma is warranteed for a year. The M&P is a lifetime warranty.
    Makes it much easier to justify the extra dollars.
    http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/w...ectionId=10504

    The Smith & Wesson Advantage™

    In addition to providing some of the highest quality products available today, Smith & Wesson is committed to providing our customers with support and services second to none. When you purchase a Smith & Wesson handgun, you receive the Smith & Wesson Advantage™, comprised of four service features:

    1. Lifetime Service Policy

    We will repair any defect in material or workmanship without charge to the original purchaser for as long as you own the handgun.

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    I can't comment on the Sigma as I have never fired one, but my M & P 9c is an outstanding pistol and is a joy to shoot.

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    I sold my Sigma shortly after buying it for a great deal. I just could not get passed the crappy trigger, and wasn't worth the effort to fix it. I sold it and bought a pretty nice .17hmr varmit rifle, and its much more fun than that so-so gun. If it's your first gun then its all you know, if you have a bunch of handguns already; it will just be a disappointment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffWard View Post
    For Smith and Wesson, the Sigma is their "entry level" gun. A reliable, solid "work-horse" design, but crude.

    Simpler heavier trigger, higher bore-axis (more muzzle flip with the same load), I believe most of the Sigmas are 16+1, and the M&Ps are 17+1. The M&P has the interchangable back-straps for better fit... better sights.

    Between bore-axis, trigger, back-straps, and sights... I think an experienced shooter will more often pay the extra $200... I would.

    Jeff
    I put the slide of my G19 on my 40VE and it fit. To be told both slides would fit and lock in on either frame. If the mags would have been interchangeable they would have worked fine.Exactly I'd not think it's so crude without calling the entire design crude. With the exception of the trigger that they had to change after the court hoopla A Sigma and a Glock are almost exact copies. and I owned them both to make the comparison. Even got my Sigma trigger to 4.5-5.0 lb with a little polishing and a little slight of hand with springs.

    I'm not saying it's better than the MP or anything for that matter. But I can say that it is a real good pistol. Smith will fix it as long as you own it. i sold two Glocks I had after buying it. I couldn't justify the money after getting the Smith.

    And..I am a more experienced shooter.
    Last edited by DevilsJohnson; 01-10-2009 at 07:13 PM.

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    I would get the M&P

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    Quote Originally Posted by nelskc View Post
    I sold my Sigma shortly after buying it for a great deal. I just could not get passed the crappy trigger, and wasn't worth the effort to fix it.
    Wasn't worth the effort to fix it? How easy do you want it to be??

    I just sent my 9mm Sigma to LSG Manufacturing, the S&W warranty service center in Texas, to get the stiff/gritty trigger issue taken care of. They pay for priority overnight FedEx shipping both ways and the cost to actually fix the problem... $0.00!

    The address and website URL is right there in your owner's manual. As far as the lifetime warranty, if your serial number begins with three letters followed by four numbers, it has a lifetime warranty.

    Happy Shooting!
    Scott

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