Experience with S&W SD40?

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by nitrogenated, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. nitrogenated

    nitrogenated Active Member

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    Looking at picking up something new for daily carry once I get my tax return. I'm currently looking into getting the Smith and Wesson SD40. I've picked one up at a local pawn shop and liked the feel of it, but I have yet to shoot it nor have talked to anyone who has done so. I'm wondering if anyone here has had a chance to fire one and am curious as to what sort of impression it leaves, if there were any potential reliability issues, etc.
     
  2. jesuslives31548

    jesuslives31548 New Member

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    I carry Smith M&P 9mm daily. The gun you are looking at is close cousins to the M&P. The SD40 is a little cheaper but not that much, I was a sold out true Glock fan till I shot the M&P, Seen how the weapon was made, the durability and made in the USA. I would go with the M&P. Yes you gain a front night site with the SD40, and I bet its just as dependable. But I know after shooting the M&P that I'm sold out on it. Does the SD40 have back straps you can change? That's a nice feature I like about the M&P. Glock has it a too in the Generation 4.
    Look at some youtube video on the SMITH M&P..............
     

  3. 69953

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    I haven't shot one, but the trigger seemed rough on the ones I've held. The grip is also pretty long, which is a little harder to conceal. If you're set on a .40 and don't mind the full size, you might look at the ruger SR40. It's in the same price range. If you're looking for better concealment, I think you'd be better off with an SR9c or Kahr CW9 for the same price, or an M&Pc or Glock 26,27,19 or 23 for about a $100 more.
     
  4. jklotz

    jklotz New Member

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    Don't know about the SD40, but I regularly use WD40 :lol:
     
  5. nitrogenated

    nitrogenated Active Member

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    I may be heading to Bullseye in Lawrenceville to try out a few different pistols, including the subcompact Glocks. Never been there before so not sure if they have any of the S&W M&Ps or SDs. I don't think the SD has the changeable backstrap, but it seemed to be a pretty decent fit. The trigger on the one I used wasn't too bad, but up until recently I've been carrying a Taurus 651 snubnose and typically fired it double action so I've gotten use to a heavy trigger. Trying to get something as inexpensive as possible, broke college students can't go around spending all their money on firearms when they need Ramen.
     
  6. inkdaddy

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    Just traded one recently...It performed very well. Trigger pull was a little on the long side but very smooth. Shot just as well as my M&P 40. I only traded it out because I was consolidating to one caliber. The plus was 14 round standard mags.
     
  7. Puffyfish

    Puffyfish New Member

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    S&W M&P's! Love them,smooth, accurate and they fit your hand. Mine were great. The only plastic gun I'd carry. Mine even had thumb safety's.[​IMG]
     
  8. Dan

    Dan Stuck in New England

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    The S&W SD model looks like a repackaged Sigma.
     
  9. mountainpass

    mountainpass Under Scrutiny

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    Well the Sigma name is stained...although I think the VE version is fine except for the trigger. The price point in the Sigma is hard to beat. Although a police turn-in Glock 22 for $289 would probably gain my interest.

    Edit: $285 viewtopic.php?f=26&t=53658&hilit=distributors
     
  10. jmathis84

    jmathis84 New Member

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    The Sd line of guns are good weapons. You can find very very few complaints anywhere online.They are a bridge between the Sigma and M&p lines. They were put out to have a middle ground for people who dont like the sigma and the long hard tigger pull but cannot step up to the more expensive M&P. I have handled a few at gunshops and they felt nice. The trigger pull is greatly aproved over the Sigma.