View Full Version : Anyone got experience with a S&W Sigma?

September 1, 2007, 01:52 PM
These guns are the most affordable S&W makes. Anyone got any experience using one? 9mm or 40, either one. Are they accurate, reliable?

Te Anau
September 1, 2007, 02:02 PM
Todays SW9VE (which I own) and the SW40VE are easily the best bargain out there in a new handgun.They are extremely ergonomic (hear me Glock?),reliable and durable.They are a steal at $300.00 :)

September 1, 2007, 02:08 PM
Many swear by them, and many swear at them. I swear by mine.

They are not a 'bullseye' or 'match' grade handguns, they are 'combat' handguns.

They are considered by many to be a 'value' combining a functional handgun with a low price.

They are reliable.

They are simple to use, with no user-operated safeties other than finger off of trigger until ready to fire.

S&W stands behind each one they make.

September 1, 2007, 02:26 PM
I understand they are designed as combat handguns. I would use mine for home defense, but I live in a rural area and would like to plink a little and I like to go to the range. Are they accurate enough to keep shots on paper at 25 yards? I had a GP100 before, and I don't expect quite that level of accuracy but targets and empty cans are fun to shoot.

September 1, 2007, 02:57 PM
The Sigmas are probably good guns but they have a trigger like a kids Daisy BB gun. This makes accurate shots at 25 yards difficult. May I suggest a Ruger P-95? Accurate, similarly priced, utterly reliable and with good single action triggers. Best buy for the money.:)

nutty ned
September 1, 2007, 03:46 PM
The long hard trigger pull turned me off them

September 1, 2007, 05:23 PM
my buddy has one. not a bad gun. but I got a ruger instead. he doesn't like my ruger. if I were going to get another gun in that price range I would start with taurus first.

September 1, 2007, 09:50 PM
I was skeptical about the trigger pull, but purchased a SE9VE a few months back. After about 500 flawless rounds and several hundred dry fires, the trigger got better. It's plenty accurate, reliable and fun to shoot. I recommend it.

September 2, 2007, 08:22 AM
I have a SW40VE with about 1500 rounds through it. As long as you learn the trigger pull mine is very accurate. I just bought a Glock 19, and I have to say that the Glock feels better to me. Everyone else seems to prefer the Sigmas ergonomics, but I guess I am just weird:p. The Sigma is fine for self-defense, duty carry(armed guard), and plinking. I would recommend it for any use you may find for a gun.

The BAD news from my gun and experiances: The pin that holds the bottom half of the trigger walked out and the trigger fell apart:eek: not a good thing when that is your safety!!! I put superglue on it and it has been fine for 400 rounds. The other bad part is their re-sale value if you ever want to trade/sell it. The Sigma loses alot of it's value, which isn't much considering the fact it isn't expensive to begin with.

Go to a gun store and hold the gun. Work the slide, and get a feel for it. Do this with a lot of guns in your price range. If you like it than BUY it, S&W have a lifetime waranty if something does happen with it.

September 2, 2007, 09:45 AM
Most people who own a Sigma will tell you that they are good, inexpensive and reliable guns. I put another 200 problem free rounds through my .40 yesterday and enjoyed every shot. Trigger is a little mushy but you will get used to it with practice.

September 2, 2007, 12:48 PM
I don't want to part with mine even though I have mps and czs

September 2, 2007, 02:15 PM
Well there good enough for the US military to buy 5,000 of them to supply the Afghan National police. I never owned one, but shot a friends .40 caliber version at the club. It was a decent gun, reliable, accurate, and cheap. The trigger took some getting use too, though he was pretty accurate with it out to 25 yrds. FYI, he recently traded it in for a S&W 1911.

September 2, 2007, 05:16 PM
I've had the infamous SW40F for years and I'm happy withit!!

September 3, 2007, 01:52 PM
I have a S&W Sigma SW9VE 'Grey Ghost' that works just fine......bought at a local show some 10 or so years back for just over 200 beans with all the factory 'kit'. Some people snorted "Glock copies" but my grey ghost fit my hand better than any of my Glocks. The hinged trigger broke clean and 3" groups with GECO and Federal were common at 25 yards. Eventually I amassed 4-5 original hi-caps and I was satisfied my Sigma was a good combat accuracy service pistol that some people just liked to pick on....

September 3, 2007, 02:27 PM
Many swear by them, and many swear at them. I swear by mine.

Same here. One of my favorite autos.


September 3, 2007, 02:44 PM
I had one. Sold it. It is the only gun that I've ever sold. I'm glad to see so many happy owners posting about their experience with this gun. I had reliability issues and the trigger was just horrible. Maybe I just had a lemon. :confused:

September 3, 2007, 03:00 PM
I bought a Sigma 40VE back in March and I have approximately 300 rounds through it. Two hundred and fifty were Winchester white box, the rest where Speer Gold Dot 165gr, there were no malfunctions. Some find the trigger on a Sigma too stiff, I do not. I am considering a 9VE too. I feel the Sigma VE line is a great value. :cool:

Nail Shooter
September 3, 2007, 06:56 PM
I put a mag full thru one at the range once. It shot "OK".

HOWEVER, I could never make myself buy a gun with that crappy of a trigger. Every one that I've tried in a gun shop felt the same way too. Life is short, why sit around dry firing a Stigma hoping that after several thousand snaps it might smooth out?¿ From what I've read, it's hard or impossible to get parts for these from Smith (unlike Glock, for which you can buy virtually any part--except for the frame).

For a few $$ more, you probably could buy a used Glock. Get the "G" gun from the start, be happy. In the unlikely event anything ever happens to it, you can buy the part and pop it in yourself. Regards,


September 3, 2007, 08:26 PM
hardest gun out there to beat for the money less its the new M&P:D, i've shot the 40 and it shot very good groups, i shot the 9mm and it didn't seem to be as accurate as the 40 but might a been me more than likely

September 3, 2007, 08:50 PM
I have a couple of the SW9VE pistols and think they are great guns for the money. Reliable and durable guns. Several of my friends have purchased one after trying mine.

September 3, 2007, 10:02 PM
4000 rounds through my SW9VE and still like new. Learn slow long trigger pulls and she'll hit good on target to 25 yards pretty easily.

Trigger control.

Trigger control.

Very stiff double action only. So it will require a lot of practice to learn trigger control. At least it did for me, but it made me a better shooter.

I'm retiring it for the range, but will be my main home protection gun. I love the fire power of the 16 round clip.

Despite the fact I like my S&W, I'm looking forward to the CZ75B I got on order.:D

September 30, 2007, 09:55 PM
great gun . have had mine for 11 years and only 3-4 jams . all due to lead ammo. switch to fmj and none. mine also is a sw40f older model . the trigger is heavy as some complain but after several shots it seems ok.

September 30, 2007, 10:51 PM

October 1, 2007, 01:18 AM
I had one of the first ones available in the early 90's. I worked at City Sports and SW made a deal with them and their employees. We could buy one for cost $250. I got one, the trigger was longer than a glock but the contour was more comforatable. Accuracy was ok about 3" at 15 yards. It had a problem with the striker being weak, some times would not hit hard enough to set the round off. This was with winchester ammo. I sold it because of that.

October 1, 2007, 07:07 AM
Just bought another this weekend. They've been great for me. Zero issues. The trigger is like a double action revolver, which I like for carry. You should try before you buy, due to the trigger. I am quite accurate with mine.

October 1, 2007, 10:51 AM
I have the 9mm and love it. I use it for a blinker and HD. I paid $279 with 4 mags. I do not regret this purchase at all. The teardown can be done in less then 5 seconds. :cool:

October 5, 2007, 01:14 AM
I have the S&W 40ve and a Glock 23. Both similar in function and design. Never had a malfuction on both. You can't beat the price on the Sigma. Like everyone said just shoot it a lot and the triger will smoth out.

October 6, 2007, 02:01 AM
Crapola! :eek: