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Old July 17, 2017, 10:53 AM   #1
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The S&W SD9VE

The SD9VE is one of the best buys you will ever find. From about $300 to $360 you can get a new pistol that is very good quality. They are accurate and just as reliable as some costing three times more. Some people hate the heavy DAO trigger but I like it. I now own two of them. Bought the 2nd one used this morning from a guy who really needed some cash. $250.
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Old July 17, 2017, 03:33 PM   #2
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One man's best buy is another man's waste of money. Glad you're happy with your new acquisition.

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Old July 17, 2017, 03:46 PM   #3
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Old July 17, 2017, 04:00 PM   #4
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I own a the SD9VE's older, uglier older cousin the SW40VE. I picked up mine for $200 and have no issues with it. Its accurate and goes bang every time I pull the trigger.
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Old July 17, 2017, 04:02 PM   #5
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I have a SD40VE. Worst trigger ever. I've replaced it but other than that I have no complaints.
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Old July 17, 2017, 05:50 PM   #6
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I can shoot mine just as well as some of my very expensive guns when it comes to fast combat type accuracy. I did well with it in IDPA. I like the trigger. It is a good safe design.
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Old July 17, 2017, 06:40 PM   #7
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I paid $289.99 for mine two and a half years ago. It has been very reliable with no issues at all. It took me a while to get used to the heavy trigger but it either got better or I got used to it. I shoot it pretty accurately.

I more recently bought a Taurus PT111 G2 that I like better and it was on sale for $199.99. It has a shorter barrel but fits fine in the IWB holster I bought for the SD9VE. It has a very unusual trigger but I adapted quickly to it.
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Old July 17, 2017, 07:16 PM   #8
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It's basically a cheap Glock I have one and so does my son. To be fair I havnt shot mine enough to comment. But my son likes his.

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Old July 17, 2017, 10:11 PM   #9
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I have long suspected that Smith made the trigger heavy so it wouldn't steal sales from the M & P series.....
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Old July 18, 2017, 12:27 AM   #10
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I had the 40 caliber version. I got it LNIB for $200. The trigger wasn't great, but it was 100% reliable and was as accurate as a typical service pistol. IMHO they are a good deal.
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Old July 18, 2017, 06:03 AM   #11
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I don't mind a heavy DAO trigger if the pull is not too long. This one is heavy but not as long as some.
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Old July 18, 2017, 08:39 AM   #12
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My wife has one. Not a bad shooter, especially after the Apex trigger replacement. Good pistol for the money. She just upgraded to a P320. Quite a difference, but you pay for it.
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Old July 18, 2017, 08:57 AM   #13
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I don't mind a heavy DAO trigger if the pull is not too long. This one is heavy but not as long as some.
@Polaris Joe. You should really try the cheap Apex trigger replacement. If you like the stock trigger you should really like the Apex. Might be surprised.
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Old July 20, 2017, 02:14 PM   #14
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I will check that out.
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Old July 20, 2017, 04:27 PM   #15
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I installed on a SD9, and it required fitting, it didn't move forward enough to reset. The trigger reset felt a bit weak as well, but it worked.

Do keep it in mind that fitting may be required.
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Old July 20, 2017, 05:31 PM   #16
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Weird, mine worked perfectly and I replaced it myself. @marine by chance did you replace any springs as well?
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Old July 20, 2017, 07:03 PM   #17
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Fitting things is no problem for me. I do that sort of thing for a living
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Old July 20, 2017, 08:43 PM   #18
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I don't mind a heavy DAO trigger if the pull is not too long. This one is heavy but not as long as some.
I must be opposite. I love the kahr DA trigger, and S&W revolvers. Long, but smooth and lighter. Just personal preference I guess. Which is why internet forum arguments are often silly when the revolve around opinion.
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Old July 20, 2017, 10:17 PM   #19
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Yeah, it was the full kit.
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Old July 21, 2017, 04:56 AM   #20
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I kept looking at the SD40VE (AND Smith and Wesson), after being happy with my Shield in 40

I wanted a gun for the hip, when hunting and one I wouldnt be too upset if I lost in the woods

For a gun that is $300, then add $60-80 APEX trigger, (Im a believer that this pistol needs the APEX) Im up to $360 or so
I also have night Sights on my pistols, so figure another $80......

Im up to $475 ish with shipping different desired components. I also have the hassle factor of the DIY install of the APEX and night sights. (Or paying even more to get them installed)

I came accross an add at CDNN for an M&P 40C for $359, with Night Sights

I went with the M&P40C

I didnt even need a trigger job as they are so much better than 3 years ago with a nice break, and audible reset click. (They do need 300 dry fires, to smooth up the initial trigger)

I also like the flexibility as just adding a 9mm barrel/Mags (or 357) and I can shoot other rounds... People have tried this swap in the SD40, without much success.

SD40VE is a nice, underrated pistol, but street price needs to be $200 or so, before I move that way
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Old July 21, 2017, 05:49 AM   #21
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There is nothing wrong with the M&P. I would not buy a new one because S&W lies about it being DAO. I don't mind company propaganda such as Glock perfection or whatever but I can not tolerate flat out lies. Also Springfield Armory since 1798 BS is another example since SA INC was not in existence until the 1970s.
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Old July 21, 2017, 08:15 AM   #22
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@ marine6680. Yup, I did the full spring kit on my 40 and did it wrong as well. Not until I removed the kit and put the old springs back in did I realize where I messed up. By that time I said "F" it and just purchased the lone Apex trigger to try that out next. That was a good call.
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Old July 21, 2017, 08:29 PM   #23
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The SD9ve is one of the best values on the market. A high cap 9mm manufactured by a reputable American company for an affordable price. The two that I've owned have been 100% reliable with any ammunition they were fed. My nephew now has one of mine and shoots it regularly. Does it have a competition trigger? No. But I don't think the trigger is near as bad as it's reputation. But this evaluation is coming from an old revolver shooter who also loves the Kahr trigger system.
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Old July 22, 2017, 05:06 AM   #24
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I know some guys who will not own a rifle with a trigger over two lbs. Most of their shooting is done on a bench and many of their rifles have triggers that are so light it is amazing. Some of them feel like they are far less than one pound. Because they only practice on the bench they have all sorts of problems hunting. They seldom hit what they shoot at in the field where benches don't exist. They just can not control such light triggers in the field. They get nervous and blow the shot in the ground when they see the big buck. These same guys do the same things with their self defense handguns. They practice trying to shoot tiny groups on the bench and they modify their triggers where they are like bullseye pistols. I would bet the farm if any of them ever have to pull their pistol in self defense under stress bad things will happen.
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Old July 22, 2017, 07:46 AM   #25
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^I have a single shot 308 I bought just because I didn't have a 308, the PO told me it had a light trigger but the gun was too heavy for him to hunt with. I took it to the range, the first time I touch the trigger it went boom. Didn't take me long to learn you didn't touch it until you were on target. Useless....I won't even sell it because it's way too light, I don't know what a 6 ounce trigger feels like, but this one doesn't seem to need near that.

As for my SD pistols I never shoot anything but plates so I have no idea what groups are, I just hear a wonderful clank when I shoot.
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