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Smith & Wesson SD9VE: A Budget Friendly Striker-Fired 9 mm

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Smith & Wesson’s budget-friendly self- and home-defense SD9VE pistol was introduced on June 1, 2012. “At Smith & Wesson we continue to introduce new and innovative products that provide today’s consumer with diverse and dependable firearms that address their multiple needs,” Mario Pasantes, Smith & Wesson’s senior vice president of marketing and global professional sales said at the unveiling.

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“With the introduction of the new SD9VE and SD40VE value enhanced pistols, we have taken the best features of the Sigma and SD series pistols and evolved them into a new generation of firearms that meet our customers’ requirement in terms of both functionality and price.”

The reception by enthusiasts was a warm one, and sales of the semi-automatic 9 mm pistol remain strong. There are good reasons, too. The polymer-framed handgun has a distinctive, two-tone finish and comes with a stainless steel slide with aggressive front and rear slide serrations for improved handling. A textured finger locator aids in acquiring a proper grip and aggressive texturing on the backstrap and on the grip’s front ensure positive purchase, even when wearing gloves or with sweaty palms.

A Picatinny-style rail on the dustcover makes the addition of lasers or weaponlights a breeze, and the gun ships with a pair of 10-round magazines. The standard version of the pistol comes with white-dot front sights and a pair of dots at the rear. A variant wears Hi Viz green fiber optic up front, red Hi Viz dots at the back and comes with a loaded chamber indicator and magazine safety (for those regions where they are required). Weights are 22.4 and 23 ozs., respectively.

Both versions of the striker-fired, 9 mm semi-automatic have 4″ barrels and an overall length of 7.2″. MSRP for the standard model is $395, while the fiber-optic version comes in at $442.

If you prefer a .40 S&W chambering, prices are identical for the SD40VE, although specifications change slightly.

Article by GUY J. SAGI

 

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