Model SW40VE Pistol, Junk or the Real Deal?

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      Model SW40VE Pistol, Junk or the Real Deal?

      Allow me to preface by saying I know absolutley nothing about S&W pistols...but I was buying ammo today and I saw a .40 SW40VE...wow was it light, so light in fact, that it felt cheap and the mag looked cheap..but for 3 bills I was seriously thinking about taking out the credit card on the spot...seemed very carry friendly and very concealable, my current .40 is a big old hunk of H&K USP-c. Since I know nothing about Smith pistols nor their "issues" I figured I'd start here.

      Thanks for the info - Buckeye

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      Well cheap in price for sure but it might surprize you in how it perfroms. I got one now and I have had it about a year. As long as I keep firing Winchester's through it, it's a little bear. If I put UMC in it, it pukes. I am getting better and better with it. I wasn't use to the DAO trigger when I got it. It can be called a throw away gun but I think I'll keep mind till the time comes.

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      I have the Sigma 9ve and it is a very good pistol at any price, but for around three bills it is great. 4500 rounds and counting without a single hiccup.
      A lot of people complain about the trigger pull being too heavy but it isn't so bad you couldn't learn to deal with it. I work with my hands for a living and most of my hobbies are working with my hands so my hands are strong enough I don't really notice a heavy trigger unless it is ridiculous.
      The Sigma is very light weight and snag free and is a great CCW gun. I don't carry mine except as a backpacking gun, but that is just because I like my M&P and XD a little better.
      The Sigma.........Light weight, snag free, reliable, high cap, accurate, and if anything does go wrong with it it is backed up by S&W lifetime warranty and world class customer service. You can't loose.

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      The trigger pull you guys mention can't possibly be as heavy as the first DA pull on a stock H&K USP...:smt087

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      Quote Originally Posted by Buckeye
      The trigger pull you guys mention can't possibly be as heavy as the first DA pull on a stock H&K USP...:smt087


      Nope not that heavy, or that long, and it gets better after about 500 rounds.

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      My wallet's getting itchy...

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      Go ahead, take the plunge. A fellow can't have too many guns!

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      Go for it young man. GO For It...Good Luck.

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      I too have the SW9VE, and I love it. Lighter and less bulky than my P-89, it is very accurate and very comfortable in my hand. Have 2000+ through it now without a single problem.

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      Get It!!!!

      I have the SW9VE with about 1000 rounds through it with no problems at all. Trigger is heavy & long but smooth and gets better with use. Since there is no safety the heavy trigger is a good thing. I keep mine loaded at all times knowing that if I pull the trigger it will be because I wanted to. It's a good gun and more than worth the inexpensive price.

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      Get it. I have a SW9VE I have ownes for a couple of years now and have never had a failure of any type in over 5000 rounds. Yes, the trigger pull leaves a lot to be desired, but it can be mastered and like the others have stated it smooths and lightens up a bit with use.

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      I talked the a guy at the gun store that has them on sale for $299...he owns one and says the same thing...he bought his used, has had no problems and the trigger is much better than the new ones...he also said something that makes perfect sense to me: "a tirgger job is nothing more than premature wear"...I'm sure that's not true in all cases i.e.: taking the creap and play out, but I'll bet it's true here...unfortunately I have something else on the burner now, so I might have to wait a while to get one...probably won't find them that cheap when I do

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      People Like The Sigma...

      It seems pretty obvious that people like this gun even with the long and hard trigger. Has anyone ever heard why S & W made such a good gun with a trigger that is not so great? I've gotten used to it though and can shoot pretty well with it. It seems like it would be a perfect pistol considering price, ergonomics, and dependability, with a better trigger pull.

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      S&w40ve

      I am probably going to purchase the 40 version today. I enjoyed reading the posts and it really helped me make my descision and I am sure it helped the gentleman who began the post.

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      Where is Mr. 4800 when you need him?

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      Got it

      Well, I bought the SW40VE yesterday and I shot 100 rounds through. It felt fine. I have a friend that shoots competitions and his competition gun has a 2.5 pound trigger. The SW40VE has about a ten pound trigger. I alternated between both and it was not a problem. So, if anyone is wondering if the heavy trigger is an issue, so far for me, it is not.

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      Quote Originally Posted by WX Coastie View Post
      Well, I bought the SW40VE yesterday and I shot 100 rounds through. It felt fine. I have a friend that shoots competitions and his competition gun has a 2.5 pound trigger. The SW40VE has about a ten pound trigger. I alternated between both and it was not a problem. So, if anyone is wondering if the heavy trigger is an issue, so far for me, it is not.
      I have the SW9VE and the trigger does not bother me either..... Sure its a bit heavier than a lot of guns but after a few hundred rounds I was totally used to it. I think they are a great pistol.......I'd rather have my Sigma than a lot of other more expensive pistols. Its been flawlessly reliable and easy to shoot.

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      I've been saying for weeks that this is a fine gun with a long DAO trigger.

      The trigger reminds me of a DAO pistol trigger - pretty easy to get used to if you try.

      I like mine and I've shot it a lot.



      Better hurry and get one - they're going fast and the S&W rebate of $50 will end in 2 to 3 weeks.

      Last edited by dondavis3; 11-22-2009 at 09:12 PM.

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      a new 3.5 lb. striker spring and a few minutes of polishing up the sear block and sear and you'll have 7-8 lb trigger pull that is like butter. the sigma is possibly the easiest gun on earth to work on and fix. the sear block and sear are cut at a 45 deg. angle and they ride along each other until the striker is released. its no big deal to fix it. 2 pins and the sear block assembly comes out as a whole. really no big deal.

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      I will add mu 2 cents...I have bought both the S&W Sigma 9mm and also a Sig ProSP2009 9mm in the past couple of months.....the Sig may be fancier with a better trigger and nicer sites, but I think I like the S&W just as much.....its just a great gun, so so easy to take apart, fits in my hand amazing with a Hogue slip on grip.....holds a ton of bullets, always always shoots withought a problem of any kind, is definitely accurate, and the trigger isnt that bad.....it may be a glock rip off but at least they got it right.....for the money its worth every penny, go for it....buy two

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