Smith & Wesson SD40VE

Smith & Wesson SD40VE



Reviews: 189
Total reviews: 189
Positive: 129
Mixed: 39
Negative: 21
Retail Price: $316.00
Used Value: $221.20
Sale Price: $269.99

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Smith & Wesson SD40VE Info

The Smith & Wesson SD40VE New Sigma Series .40 Pistol features a lightweight polymer frame and a stainless-steel slide and barrel. The semiautomatic double-action pistol has a Picatinny rail and comes with two 14-round magazines. White-dot dovetail front and rear sights.

Smith & Wesson SD40VE Specifications

BrandSmith & Wesson
Weight22.7. oz
ActionDouble Action
Caliber.40 S&W
Gun TypeSemi-Automatic Pistol
SightsWhite dot sights
Primary Uses

Smith & Wesson SD40VE Variations

VariationPart #/UPCCapacityFrame FinishWeightMSRP
Smith & Wesson SD40VE Part # / UPC: 022188871920 Capacity: 14+1 Frame Finish: Black Slide Weight: 22.7. oz MSRP: $318.00
Smith & Wesson SD40VE CA Compliant Part # / UPC: 022188234039 Capacity: 10+1 Frame Finish: Stainless Steel Weight: 22.7 oz MSRP: $332.00

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Fair Market Range $292 - $305
Fair Market Price $299
MSRP $316.99
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Price history for Smith & Wesson SD40VE
  • Highest Price: $308.17
  • Lowest Price: $304.92

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  • Smoky Mountain Guns & Ammo
  • $279.99
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  • $299.99
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  • $299.99
  • National Gun Owner Association & Buyers Club
  • $299.99

Smith & Wesson SD40VE Ammo Deals

  • Legend Ammo .40sw 155gr Solid Hollow Point 20 Rounds BGS: 21357
  • $5.00
  • Armscor 40s&w 180gr Jhp 20/500 BGS: 35287
  • $8.00
  • Colt Ammo .40sw 155gr. Solid Copper Hollow Point 20 BGS: 719006322
  • $8.00
  • Cci Blazer 40 S&w 165 Grain Fmj BGS: 58002
  • $9.00
  • Cci Blazer 40 S&w 180gr Fmj 50-rd BGS: 63222
  • $9.00
  • Glaser Silver 40sw 115gr 6/pk BGS: 714002508
  • $9.00
  • Drt Terminalshock Ammo 40s&w 105 Gr Jhp 20/bx (20 Rounds Per Box) BGS: 718000694
  • $9.00
  • Legend Ammo .40sw 180gr Fmj 50 Rounds BGS: 719015046
  • $9.00
  • Winchester Ammo He40jhp Kinetic High Energy 40 Smith & Wesson 155 Gr Jacketed H BGS: 3231
  • $10.00
  • Jamison 40sw180grd Guardian Grade 40 Smith & Wesson 180 Gr Jacketed Hollow Poin BGS: 99419
  • $10.00
  • Legend Pro Trainer 40sw 115gr Pro Trainer Lead Free Primer BGS: 411558465
  • $10.00
  • Tulammo Tulammo 40 Smith & Wesson Full Metal Jacket 180 Gr BGS: 64054
  • $11.00
  • Pmc 40 Smith & Wesson 180 Grain Full Metal Jacket Flat Point BGS: 74198
  • $11.00
  • Nosler 51283 Match Grade 40 S&w 150 Gr Jhp 20 Bx/ 20 Cs BGS: 98606
  • $11.00
  • Jamison 40sw165grd Guardian Grade 40 Smith & Wesson 165 Gr Jacketed Hollow Poin BGS: 99418
  • $11.00

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Smith & Wesson SD40VE Reviews

Positive: 170 Mixed: 0 Negative: 19
  • 80

    Great Bargain Handgun
    I have the SD VE version of this pistol and have had zero issues and no complaints. It packs a lot of firepower (14+1) and is pretty accurate. It is a virtual clone to a Glock at half the price. It is a compact pistol, n...ot a duty size, and with a full mag is a little hefty for concealed carry. I do carry it concealed occasionally in a belly band, but it finds most of its use in a hunting pack OR a backpack when I’m hiking in the mountains where it’s size is a plus. This pistol is a great value and completely reliable in my experience . more

    December 12, 2018
  • 100

    Great pistol for the money.
    Love this pistol. It's Smith & Wessons copy of a Glock. It's just as accurate and reliable as my Glocks and it's around $200 to $350 dollars cheaper than most Glocks. I really like the way S&W cont...oured the sides of the slides. Have not had any malfunctions of any kind. The trigger isn't the best but you can get use to it. Well worth the money. more

    October 6, 2018
  • 20

    Awful gun
    Bought this last Christmas; had to buy the store sample since all of the S&W .40 calibers were mis-boxed with serial numbers on the boxes not matching the serial number on the gun actually in the box (4 of them). The... salesman "convinced" me the exhibit gun would be fine as it supposedly had not been dry fired "at all". Took it to the range and it jammed with the first shot - cleaned it really well and it still jammed each and every time it was fired. My bad for being duped by the sales person. more

    August 9, 2018
  • 80

    Good first pistol
    Bought few weeks ago. Fun shooting. Tight trigger tho

    July 18, 2018
    Riverside Country
  • 100

    Great value on duty-size .40 cal
    I got mine 2 yrs ago. Very accurate. Had an issue w it going into lock-back during firing. Sent to S&W, no cost (always great svc), & no issues after quick return. Very reliable w all ammo. Some do not like the trigger pull on this model. I've shot countless DA revolvers - so no problem for me. I consider it a plus for safety. It does not affect my accuracy & I can fire well, rapidly. more

    June 19, 2018
  • 100

    1500 rounds so far
    I have had this sd40ve for about 6 months now. It is not picky on ammo. When I first bought the gun I cleaned and oiled it up. Ran 200 rounds through it. Had 2 ftf on the 2nd mag. Due to the gun not being broke in yet. I... have fired all kinda of hollow points. Just about all fmj rounds. I haven't tried to fire steel case rounds but I dont want to. I just keep it clean and oiled. About every 200 rounds I clean it. The sights are dead on, even at 50 yards. Great shooting and easy to do follow up shots. 40 s&w is not a high recoil round as you might think. I have let people that are 145 lbs shoot this gun and thay are just fine with it. Have not done one single thing to it so far. I might try and put a trigger kit in it soon but the trigger is not horrible for me. Will post back when I hit the 3000 round mark and 5000 mark. more

    June 8, 2018
    Jack 45
  • 20

    Worst trigger ever!
    I'm shocked that S&W is still producing this garbage. It has the worst trigger action of any pistol I've ever shot. I even replaced the trigger with the Apex upgrade and then the Garrison upgrade and it sti...ll didn't help. Buy yourself a Taurus PT140 G2C for $100 less and never look back. Much better gun and a fantastic trigger, too more

    June 5, 2018
  • 100

    Better than a glock, cheeper too !!!
    This is better than a glock ,cheeper !! Easytake down ,great conseald carry gun , down side it has no hammer,an single action;(!!!

    May 31, 2018
    Mark h
  • 80


    April 1, 2018
  • 100

    Awesome pistol
    I had one before lost it in pawn knew the best place to get another one was at Academy Sports

    March 30, 2018
    big red
  • 100

    Review of Gun
    I bought it a month ago and love it. It just don’t like how hard it is to put the bullets in clip

    March 28, 2018
  • 80

    Great Gun for the Price... Very low sighted.....
    I bought this gun about 3 weeks ago, and took it out to the range. It's a great gun for the price and lot of fun to shoot. I fired 150 rounds out of it. No issues with how the gun itself handled. The ergonomics of t...his gun are great, I love the way it feels in my hand. (As someone who is right handed, but left eye dominant... it's great to have a gun that can be comfortably fired in either hand) This gun is very easy to take apart, clean and put back together. It's a handgun that is almost as easy to clean as a revolver. Regrettably the sights were set extremely low. When I fired at the 30 meter range, rounds were going into the ground instead of the target. When I fired at the 10 meter range, I still wasn't on the paper. I had two friends fire it to make sure it wasn't just me.... same thing. For the rest of the day, I just aimed high to compensate for the low sights. I checked the owner's manual, the sights are only adjustable left & right, not up & down. I'm contacting Smith & Wesson in hopes that my gun just had a fluke defect and they fix it. If not, I may file down the front sight or buy after market sights. This stopped me from giving the gun 5 stars, but still not a hard thing to fix. Lastly, if you're in a state where this gun comes with 14 round magazines, buy a speed loader. It's nearly impossible load these mags to full capacity with your bare hands. more

    March 28, 2018
  • 100


    March 18, 2018
    hoot gibson
  • 80

    Really Like the SD40 VE
    bought this on sale black friday 2017, saved a few bucks doing so, very basic pistol, and does have some flaws, but it's like thinking you are getting a Cadillac for the price point of a Yugo. the m&p shield is ...a bit better quality but i have seen many reviews commenting on the exact same issues, a gun fits the person not the other way around, i have put about 1000 rounds down range (50 rounds were the cheapest .40 i could find) with no ftf, fte, or mag eject issues. i was military so we took care of our weapons, proper lubrication and cleaning are crucial. the worst possible thing a person can do with a gun is buy one and go to yhe range, failure is immenent. Take it home, clean it, watch some videos about proper cleaning and lubrication, learn the weapon, know how it comes apart, then clean it again, lubricate, and then go to the range. Yes as others have said it shoots low, lollipop method works great. now to the flaws, 3 that are cheaply fixed. 1. I disliked the trigger, apex makes a replacement for about 40 dollars, installed myself, much better, also got the spring kit from them as well. 2. the sights are painted on, if you are adventurous you can get fiber optic sticks for about 3 dollars and drill yours out.(unless you have the right equipment to do so I do not recommend) or for about 50 dollars the m&p sheild sights fit perfectly, or you can invest in trijicon sights, for alot more, I have not changed my sights. 3. is a personal thing, price, for about 50 dollars more you can get the m & p shield, with some of the upgrades I discussed, or for 200+/- dollars more you can get the performance center version m&p shield which I will be buying soon. it comes with the fiber optic sights, ported barrel, but still the same trigger. Why, I ciuld not tell you. the SD40ve is a good weapon, inexpensive, and will do it's job, but remember it's a Yugo not Cadillac. more

    March 4, 2018
  • 20

    Jamming after 100 rounds
    After buying it went straight to dfw gun range and jam on me after 30 rounds I call academy to try to see what to do with it haven’t had the time to go back out that way to drop it off not happy

    February 3, 2018
    Alex l
  • 80

    Not Bad
    I bought this about a month ago and I have to say it is pretty good considering the price. I have ran about 100 rounds through it so far and no problems what so ever. Their is one thing though when then magazines are loaded they tend to rattle a little, all in all not a bad gun for the price. I got it when it was in sale 300$. more

    February 3, 2018
  • 80

    Happy with purchase.. awesome weapon. Will tell. Friends.

    January 27, 2018
  • 40

    SD 40 VE
    I sold mine. Trigger is terrible. Accuracy sucks. Rattles when shaken. Jammed a lot. Worst gun I’ve ever owned. But it looked good.

    December 17, 2017
  • 100

    Very easy pistol to handle and carry
    I bought my SD40VE about 3 months ago.I have fired many different types of firearms , from my Military time until now. I have fired over 1500 rounds through this pistol without one single misfire or failure to load. At 4...5 feet using 180gr ammo, this baby will cover a circle the size of 1/2 dollar. Fired it 18 rounds at 75 feet and landed 17 in the forehead of a silhouette. So go ahead and spend your money on higher priced guns. As for me I'll put this one up against any of them, especially for this price range. By the way, I have reloaded over 1000 spent casings fired from this gun, and they shoot as good as factory rounds. more

    December 7, 2017
  • 80

    A good pistol for the price.
    I have shot allot in my life. I come from a military back ground and have fired numerous pistols. I bought this pistol because of the S&W name, the price, and the barrel/slide are stainless. It does have one issue doesn’t affect the function but it is a little annoying: the magazine has a slight rattle when loaded fully while inserted in the pistol. However, I have shot over 1,000 rounds through it without a jam, failure to feed, “stove-pipe” or any other issues. Again I have shot allot of pistols, makes and models alike. When I was in the Army we would shoot issued Berretta’s that were all the same. However, they didn’t shoot or behave the same. Every mechanical system regardless will perform differently. Pistols are no different. That is why it is common to find the same makes and models will actually have different points of aim: some shoot low and some don’t. I saw one of the comments about this pistol stating that. Well, mine shoots low as well. It really doesn’t bother me because I shoot allot of silhouettes. I have noticed at 25 meters the pistol does consistently strike low. So if I aim at the chest then I hit high in the stomach area. I don’t mind that and look it as just the way the pistol shoots. With a little adjustment with my point and I was hitting right where I wanted. There is older aiming technique that calls for placing the sights at the bottom of the target. Some have called this the “lolly-pop” technique. I have noticed allot of S&W pistols work well with this aiming technique. This pistol isn’t perfect and has it’s issues which I have mentioned. However, I would rather have it than a Glock and I have shot Glocks for years. I like the stainless steel magazines on this pistol rather than the plastic coated magazines on the Glock: I think the S&W mags load easier despite the slight rattle at times. However, I have experienced allot of Glocks malfunctioning, while I have never seen this pistol do that. Lastly, this pistol isn’t perfect but it is a good pistol for the price. more

    December 2, 2017
  • 20

    Smith & Wesson - Smith & Wesson SD40VE
    I bought this gun 4 years ago . This gun was a big disappointment . It is hard to hit a paper plate at 10 yards . It is the worst gun for accuracy that I own .

    November 19, 2017
    Basil 72
  • 80

    Great value...But..
    I bought the S&W SD 40 a week ago. My first .40 cal. I put about 150 rounds through it with no problems. Here's the but part. The 2 mags that came with the gun rattle like crazy when fully loaded. Very annoying.... I've researched this and it's apparent others are having the same issue. Any remedy out there? All in all I am very happy with the gun. more

    November 6, 2017
  • 80

    Smooth and accurate, joy to shoot
    Only 50 rounds in but I thoroughly enjoyed my first range trip with this gun. I hadn’t shot anything in about 5 years and had YouTube-induced concerns about this gun having a significant upward recoil effect but I ...didn’t notice at all. four stars instead of five only because the stock sights, high viz, aren’t for me. Perhaps because I’m RG color blind, at my ideal aiming distance, the rear red dots don’t stand out. Still was able to maintain about a four inch grouping once I stopped jerking the trigger. more

    November 2, 2017
  • 100

    Great gun for the price
    My wife bought this gun as a gift for me about 3 years ago. Only problems were getting used to the sights and the fairly heavy trigger pull. I installed a Hi-Viz front sight, Apex trigger spring kit, stainless steel spring rod and a Hogue rubber slip on grip. For $300 + tax ($21) and $100 worth of modifications it has become the best hammerless pistol I've ever owned. I'd put it up against the high dollar semi-autos any day. Buy this pistol and spring for the modifications and you'll have a great pistol that you'll love! Oh, and did I mention that I have never had a jam of any kind with this gun. Very reliable! more

    October 31, 2017
  • 20

    Shoots all ammo
    I bought this gun a few weeks ago it shoots low left not even on paper but feeds all ammo I guess I will be calling Monday to send it it very disappointed

    October 12, 2017
  • 100

    Perfect Truck Gun
    I bought this gun because of its excellent value and perfect function. Shot a friends SD9VE at the range and instantly went and picked up this version of the SD40. It is not the most expensive gun, which makes it perfect... carry gun for your vehicle while out working in the field or running errands in town. Hopefully it won't get stolen, but unfortunately it happens in the world, if it did, you didn't lose a $700-$800 or more gun. Same thing If you ever were forced to use it, you wouldn't lose as much when the police have to confiscate it. The gun shoots great and accurate, easy cleaning and maintenance. Trigger is what it is...I put plenty of rounds through mine with the stock trigger and it was OK, but I did recently install the APEX trigger kit for it, huge difference, would highly suggest but not necessary. Very nice gun! more

    October 10, 2017
  • 100

    Made extremely well!
    I've had this gun a couple of months and have put probably a thousand rounds or more through it without any issues. Yeah, the trigger is a little heavy, but you get used to that. It is very easy to take apart and cl...ean and then put back together. It is a full size pistol and a little harder to conceal, but overall a great gun. more

    October 10, 2017
  • 100

    Great gun for price
    Bought the gun about 7 months ago and it holds up so far about 1000 rounds no jams unless using aluminum rounds steel or brass..the rattle from the clip can be fixed but carefully i fixes mine with a vice and rubber no more rattles sites are cheesy but if u can shoot n put on target by muscle memory great gun even wife shoots 4inch pattern at 20yards.. more

    October 4, 2017
  • 60

    get what you pay for Cheap made Plastice
    bought this gun last month & do not like the grip it made of plastic

    August 26, 2017
  • 80

    Simple and Precise
    Had this a little over 2 months with 1000 rounds ran through it. No issues, runs flawless. Trigger is better than the Sigma and the VE still, a little gritty. Put a Stream light on and rubber grip tape. Planning on the A...pex trigger. Besides that, great firearm, very good price from Academy! more

    August 4, 2017
  • 40

    Terrible sights
    I have had this gun for a while and have fired hundreds of rounds through it. As others have noted no feed or ammo problems. Problem is the junky plastic sights. this gun shoots ten inches low and there is no way to the sights for elevation. Many posts online with same problem. I would not recommend this gun for anyone. more

    July 18, 2017
  • 100

    Excellent Pistol
    7 month's and over 800 rounds with no problems,, absolutely one of the best guns in the market for less money !!!!

    July 17, 2017
  • 40

    Rattles with the mag in te gun
    DISCLAIMER: I have NOT fired it at all yet... but there is a rattle with the magazine inserted. Does anyone else have this issue? Is it normal?

    June 5, 2017
    Navyboy Ken
  • 80

    good gun for the price
    Not a bad firearm. Glock like, fires every time, works well with a light or laser and acceptable accuracy. Makes a good nightstand or car pistol if you don't want to risk loss or theft of your higher end gun. Found ...the grip to be good enough, you can always add an aftermarket pachmayr. The trigger got uncomfortable after a few mags. 14 +1 of .40 capacity,however it does have the magazine rattle sound, . Overall a descent buy for $300.00 more

    June 2, 2017
  • 80

    Great gun
    I bought this gun about 6 months ago and put about 1000 rounds through it. It works great and has no problems whatsoever unless you use aluminum rounds then it tends to jam so you have to use either steel or brass rounds... but other than that I couldn't be happier with this gun more

    May 7, 2017
  • 100

    First pistol, awesome!
    Had it for a week now and it's my first pistol. Love this thing and haven't had any problems. I had a problem feeding ammo at first, bullets would get jammed but I've resolved the issue. Don't be gent...le on it when pulling back the slide. Pull it back all the way with lots of force and let it slingshot back forward. Works every time now. GREAT GUN more

    April 7, 2017
  • 100

    Bought this gun bout 3weeks ago. I've put 150 rounds threw it. Steel and brass. Hollow points. FMJ and G2 RIP ammo. No issues! Trigger pull.. Little heavy. But I'm good with it. Recoil not to bad.. but I will b...e upgrading the spring later. I have put a laser on it. Great buy for the price... more

    March 28, 2017
  • 100

    For $300 you cannot be dissatisfied
    Purchased several yrs ago and put 1000 rounds through it with ZERO problems. Stiff trigger but its half the price of comparable pistol.

    March 8, 2017
  • 100

    I bought this gun and so far it has been great would also like to say that the sales guy I had was great very helpful with the whole process

    February 28, 2017
  • 80

    Superb pistol for the money
    Love the gun, but 2 shoulder surgeries a 4 fused vertebra in the neck make shooting a lot (200) of rounds is painful for a few days. My issues, not the gun. Also, after hearing about the trigger pull, I put in all of the... Galloway Precision upgrades (under $70) and got the trigger down to 5 lbs or less. Also upgraded to the 21 pound stainless steel recoil spring and it really gives it pretty good rapid rate of fire (18 pound is the standard). My updates overpriced the gun, but I have no plans on selling it so I upgraded as I saw fit. Pros - Fits in my small hands nicely. Not too heavy fully loaded - Wife loves it over my 9mm carry so this is her "home defense" gun, which makes ME very happy (vs her .22). Fits in her hands as well. - 14 ROUNDS! Make me feel better that the wife will hit the B/G somewhere or scare the crud out of him and make him run! - Great price when it's on sale - Solid built. don't let the "plastic" comments fool you, I have no issues at all with this pistol for the price. - Fires ALL ammo I've thrown at it so far. No fail to fire, fail to eject, or stove pipes at all. Cons - Trigger pull was an issue. The upgrade kit corrected all of that (need some basic tools and I had never been this deep into an auto before and I had no issues dropping the kit in) - Take down bar is too small. You can not get a good grip on it. Also fixed with the Galloway kit. Easy as silk now to remove the slide. - No adjustable sights (original shot low and right - bottom/left corner of the bulls eye). Added Fiber Optic sights, a slight wind-age tap and and it's bang on bulls eye at 7 yards. - NO SAFETY. Probably not an issue for most folks, but my carry has a safety and after several practice draws, it's automatic to slide the safety off. - Not a lot of after market add on's (other than the Galloway). Most are for the SW40VE, not the SD40VE. Some will work, others won't (ArmaLaser TR15 will NOT fit this gun). more

    February 27, 2017
    Average Joe in Fate
  • 80

    Dependable Pistol
    Do not let the price of this firearm fool you, it is a solid built, accurate pistol. I've owned mine since September of 2016 and have had no complaints yet. It digests any ammo you throw in it and is a breeze to bre...ak down. The only sore spot would probably be the trigger. The hinged double action only trigger is kind of sloppy and creaky, but with a little more patience I have no problem grouping rounds center mass and for the price one quirk is nothing to complain about. I carry this girl everywhere I can. There may be better options but for 300.00 I'm not worried about banging her around and scuffing up the frame a bit. more

    February 19, 2017
  • 20

    good gun for the money
    took this gun apart to clean it every time I fired it. last time something happened and now it wont open. I think that the spring dropped and blocks it from opening. off to a gunsmith . should have spent another 100 doll...ars and bought a real 40 . piece of junk. I will fix and sell .buy a ruger more

    February 9, 2017
  • 100

    Great Buy!
    After 600 rounds the weapon is operating very smoothly. With experience of using a handgun you will learn to control "Trigger Jerk" that Mr. NonTexan elaborates to. After 750 rounds at the range, I upgraded the... trigger spring, very little difference. When & IF you use a tool for protection, law enforcement officers will confiscate the weapon. Therefore, I won't invest big bucks into a carry weapon, or a nightstand gun. I like this, and a streamlight mounts nicely. more

    February 7, 2017
  • 100

    Fantastic pistol, even better price!
    This is my first .40 and I have to say I was a bit skeptical about this model, especially after reading all the negative reviews about the Sigma series, which was (I think) the previous generation (pretty much a glock After putting 200+ rounds through this gun in one sitting, all of my skepticism went away. I used several different types of ammo and not once did a malfunction occur. Pros: You simply cannot be the reliability and price point of this gun. Cons: None. I will most likely be upgrading the sights, but that's because i'm the kind of person that can't leave anything stock. The stock high viz sights are exceptional. Academy experience purchasing this pistol: Exceptional. The young man that helped me out knew way more then I expected, even when I tried to stump him. Immediately after I purchased this pistol, I went to the range and shot with a friend. Directly from the gun range, we went back to Academy and he bought a 9mm. The service is pleasant and everyone appeared to know what they were talking about. more

    December 29, 2016
  • 100

    I bought and I very happy whit it, and for self defense is magnify I though is a objet excelen

    December 4, 2016
    Carlos Zamudio
  • 80

    Good Gun, not great but worth the price
    Put about 100 rounds through it so far but not a single issue so far mechanically. The trigger is longer than I prefer but over all at this price point its not really an issue. Im satisfied for what it is.

    November 23, 2016
  • 100

    Worth every penny
    Got on sale yesterday for 299, bought 100 pack of Remington 180 FMJ for 38 bucks, and a Fobus pancake holster for 26 bucks, 390 all together! Shot 50 rounds that afternoon, no problems, and the trigger pull is smooth and... not as bad as reviewed. Accuracy is excellent! 1.7 at 25 yards, 2.5 at 50. Carries very light, has great balance when aiming and has manageable recoil. Plan on replacing the plastic guide rod and adding Truglo sights, other than that it's a great gun. more

    November 4, 2016
  • 40

    Solid gun with Very long stiff trigger pull
    I have had this gun for about 2 years now and it is a solid good quality gun, but the trigger pull, +- 10 lbs is very heavy. I have had a trigger kit installed, $24, that made a huge difference. The trigger is now at abo...ut 6 lbs and quite reasonable. Great gun once modified. If it came out of the box that way I would give it 4 stars. Just make sure you know what your are getting into. more

    October 27, 2016
    Bubby 3g
  • 40

    Long, heavy trigger pull
    Maybe OK for Self Defense, hope to never find out. As far as taking it to the range... long and heavy trigger pull, hard to be accurate without plenty of practice. If you're looking for a plinker, I'd look for ...something with a better trigger. Again, maybe ok if you're up close and personal with an assailant, but otherwise, I'd call it a paperweight. more

    October 18, 2016
    non texan
  • 100

    Great entry level gun
    Have owned the SD-9 for about three months. Have fired about 500 rounds without any problems. Yes the trigger is heavy but you need to remember that this is not a target gun. I did install the Apex spring kit and it did ...drop the pull weight about two pounds to around 5.5 Shoots almost as good as my M&P. Would be a good home self protection firearm. more

    October 17, 2016
  • 100

    Phenomenal Pricepoint!
    I've used this pistol for a few months now and I am very impressed. For less than $400 there is no other .40 Pistol on the market that comes close. Easy to use, accurate, and reliable. With Christmas around the I'll probably purchase another for a family member or maybe just have another for myself. more

    October 16, 2016
    J Co
  • 100

    BUY IT
    bought a couple of weeks ago, and it is amazing! will fire all kinds of ammo and not a single issue at all. great value, and quality made. if you are on the fence about it, buy it. you will like it.

    October 13, 2016
  • 20

    Long and heavy trigger pull. Hard to be accurate
    Hopefully I'll never know how good this is as a self defense tool, but as a plinker to take to the range it's pretty useless. Long and heavy trigger pull takes you off target pretty quickly. While it's a g...ood looking gun, the double stack magazine is noisy when loaded and moving. I'd recommend getting something else. more

    October 2, 2016
  • 100

    great !
    Its a better version of the sigmas ,very cool sights .

    July 24, 2016
  • 20

    not so good
    I have this one and about 2 to 5 rounds on average per magazine will jam on ejecting the. Empty case. Have tried several brands of ammo with same results.

    July 22, 2016
  • 100

    Reasonable Price with great features
    I purchased this piston a year ago, very reasonable price. Very good firearm

    July 21, 2016
  • 80

    Great Gun & Really Long Trigger Pull
    I purchased this gun at the Academy Store on I10 in Katy, TX. It's a great value gun and very well made. My only issue with this gun as it has a super heavy trigger pull. It would be nice if S&W lightened the pu...ll and just added a safety to it. That would make this an extremely ideal gun. I have several other firearms (way too many to list), but I do know my way around guns and ammo. I didn't have any misfires and have already shot about 400 rounds in it. I love the Stainless Steel composition for the barrel and slide and am overall impressed with the durability of the gun. However, the long trigger pull makes its accuracy a little difficult to manage. Someone on another post said they were "shooting down and to the left", well that is because of the trigger pull. I had the same issue. Overall, it's a very good gun, but not as good as a "Glock 24" in my opinion. If S&W would correct this, this would be a stellar and affordable handgun. more

    June 14, 2016
  • 100

    great hand gun,light weight easy to handle
    we were looking for a hand gun and found that Academy Sports had the best deal around,the sales person was very knowledgeable and helpful,great buying experience

    June 14, 2016
  • 100

    great gun for the money
    love this gun. has been very dependable and take it everywhere i go. only jammed twice in the 3 years ive owned it. was shooting cheap ammo at the range though. trigger pull is slightly stiff, nothing a kit cant fix.

    June 11, 2016
  • 80

    Price is right
    Great gun for the price. Sure these will be gone in a flash.

    May 18, 2016
  • 100

    Easy to handle
    My first, took it to the shooting range today ,fired around 260 rounds with no problem. Have some kick do,

    May 17, 2016
  • 80

    Easy to upgrade or modify
    I bought this S&W .40 a few months ago. It has been a reliable shooter and the stability and low recoil which makes it easy to bring back to the target every time. I also really like the large magazine capacity which... obviously allows for more shots before needing to change magazines. The only reason I gave this gun 4 stars was because of the factory 9 lbs trigger pull. This can easily be upgraded though. more

    May 8, 2016
  • 100

    great for hunting
    like the items I seen has great prices and always on stock

    April 23, 2016
  • 100

    Great pistol
    Picked my SD40 up just yesterday. Knead to wait until it came to the store. I had just about given up, but am happy I waited. Great feel in the hind and works really well for cc. Sights are spot on and the optics work pr...etty well I'm low light. Thanks to the local store for the assistance in finding the SD40 for me. more

    April 11, 2016
  • 80

    Great entry level gun
    Great combination of reliability and performance. Aside from the heavy trigger pull which is certainly no surprise, the only issue I have ever experienced is having the trigger pin slowly work its way out when firing sev...eral rounds quickly in succession. more

    April 2, 2016
  • 100

    Excellent quality
    I bought this product one year ago, it has plenty of power. A little on the loud side, but excellent S & W product.

    March 30, 2016
  • 100

    Great quality for the budget and home defense
    I bought about 3 years a go, no problem at all.. used over 1000 bullets at the shooting ranch ... never jams on me always, I had been used ia 180 and 165 grains load. i paid 269$ brand new from academy sale. . easy to cl...ean and take a part .. no complains .. home and self defense. t more

    March 28, 2016
  • 40

    I expected better quality from Smith & Wesson..
    Bought this in Febuary, shot 130 rounds at the indoor range. Aiming at chest center on a body target the shots landed in groin area at 7 yards. That is way to low! Never had a feeding problem, jam or misfire using Winche...ster FMJ 165 grain ammo or 180 grain Blazer brass. I have not tried steel or aluminum casings but don't foresee a problem feeding. The barrel and slide move left to right on the polymer frame way too much. The only safety is the trigger and the trigger pull is extremely long. Fits in the hand well and is rather smooth in and out of my holster. Recoil wasn't bad with 165 grain ammo. more

    March 13, 2016
  • 100

    Awesome hand gun great for home protection
    I've had mine over a year now and it one of the best investment I've made

    March 9, 2016
  • 100

    Solid pistol for a great price!
    I have owned this pistol for a little over a month and have put 200 rounds through it with not one malfunction. The ergonomics are great as with any S&W polymer frame pistol. I did upgrade to a steel guide rod with a... 20lb recoil spring and it lightened up the recoil just a bit. My only issue with this pistol is that the magazine has a rattle when loaded to capacity but if you load 13 instead of 14 rounds the rattle goes away!! Not too much of an issue since this is my nightstand gun and not a CCW. Overall this is a great gun for not a lot of money!!! more

    March 2, 2016
  • 100

    Actually competing with my .40s M&P and Glock
    Bought this gun and some very cheap ammo for the range. It worked excellent with 250 rounds no hiccups of any kind. Would use as ccw if it wasn't for the size though some people won't mind given the 14+1 magz. ...Only thing I disliked were the slide letters, very poorly engraved. more

    March 1, 2016
  • 100

    Great Gun
    I love this gun. Its a great buy, you can't buy anything better for the price. To me it's a lot better then the Glock.

    February 24, 2016
  • 100

    I BOUGHT THIS LIKE A MONTH AGO, it is my first handgun and I could not picked a better one. I think I am also buying the 9mmm version. Great deal with two magazines and a lock

    February 17, 2016
  • 100

    Excellent Gun
    I just brought this gun a week ago.Put 200 rounds through it as soon as I brought it,no problems at all.Very accurate and lite weight.Getting use to the trigger pull(8 pounds) but the trigger is very smooth the whole way... through.For 319.00 can't beat it!I will be getting another for my personal truck and one for my semi! more

    February 12, 2016
    Johnny No Good
  • 100

    Very smooth handling!
    I purchased this gun a week ago and took it out for practice. I was shocked at how smooth handling the gun was. I am going to look at the S&W in the 9mm as well. Can't go wrong with this buy!

    January 27, 2016
  • 100

    One of My Favorite
    I've had the gun for 4 months now and no Issues at all done over 800 rounds with it

    January 15, 2016
  • 100

    Fantastic Pistol
    I purchased this pistol today after having the SD9VE for about a week and loving it. The SD40VE is it's big brother and it has not disappointed. Took it right to the range and put 50 180gr Blazer rounds through it a...long with 100 180gr Winchester rounds through it and about 10 180 gr Hornady American rounds through it no issues. Ate all the rounds. Easy disassembly, easy to clean. Average recoil for a .40. Thus far, I am really liking this pistol. more

    January 15, 2016
  • 100

    Perfect !
    This gun shoots great !I put 28 rounds all within 3 " grouping at 20' (rapid fire) straight out of the box! The rattle can be prevented by only carrying 13 in mag ...only rattles with 14. I carry 13+1 & no ...noise . Could not be more satisfied! more

    January 13, 2016
    Fit trainer
  • 100

    I brought my sd40ve 2 months ago an just took it to the range it's comfortable low recoil an performs excellent

    January 10, 2016
  • 100

    lightest high capacity 40 cal pistol
    Equal to the glock 23 but lighter and holds 1 more round. Shoots well; no jams with factory hollowpoints . Has front grip serrations to clear jams while glock 23 is smooth in the front. Easy to conceal carry with right h...olster. Costs $265 less than a G23; leaves money for a precise fit holster, laser mounts , extra magazines and ammo. Also has lifetime warranty while glock is only 1 year. more

    January 3, 2016
    Freedom Man
  • 100

    Trust it with my life
    I purchased my SD40VE back in Spring of 2013. When I first took it out to the range I only had 3 failure to feed issues with 100 rounds fired which I was not concerned with as I knew it was part of the break in process. ...Since I have owned the SD40VE I have put over 1500 rounds through the pistol. I have never thoroughly cleaned the pistol. I have only taken apart the slide and barrel and cleaned those portions. I have never had any issues with the pistol since the break in period.*This pistol is as slim as you can get in a double stack .40 cal. *This pistol makes for an excellent carry gun - it is my Everyday Carry pistol for conceal carry*The take down is easy and simple*The first pull on the trigger is long and heavy as it is designed to be ON PURPOSE. Its called a SDT (Self Defense Trigger). Practice with the pistol makes this aspect of the gun easy to get use too.*The handle is well designed with plenty of traction for the hands.*Comes with 2 magazinesThis is pistol is great because of all it has to offer for such a good price. No it is not a Sig Sauer P226 (so dont try to compare it to other higher priced pistols instead look at what it has to offer) but the SD40VE is well worth every penny spent and it will last.Bottom Line: Great to handle and I TRUST IT WITH MY LIFE. more

    December 31, 2015
  • 100


    December 31, 2015
    SHOOTER 2016
  • 100

    S$W Sigma 40 Cal.
    I bought this gun 2 years ago and am one hundred percent satisfied with it. Shoots true, has never jammed using all types ammo.

    December 25, 2015
  • 100

    Awesome. Better than my glock
    I bought this gun about 1 year ago from academy. Black friday sale I couldn't pass up for the price. I put a green beam on it and it's awesome and accurate. Went shooting in a thunder storm (on purpose) with th...e S&w and my glock 26. Both have beams and no safety. S&w won that challenge. Neither jammed up, but the S&w was more accurate and smoother on the recoil during the storm. I felt I had a better (wet grip). I'm going to Denver soon, so its snow challenge time (if any is falling while im there) more

    December 12, 2015
    California kidd
  • 80

    great cheap 1st gun
    i got this gun 15 years ago in 9mm. it was what i could afoard at the time .i grew to love it no its not a glock 17 but it is verry shootable if you have a jam or a stovepipe its due to bad form or weak wrists.awesum gun... more

    November 26, 2015
  • 100

    Great .40 for the price
    I and my son in law each bought one last (Black Friday) evening. The following day we went to an indoor range and put +100 rounds thru without any jams or stoppages. My son in law, never firing an semi-auto shot well. I ...shot consistently due to the long trigger pull. This was confirmed by swapping pistols with each other. A 6 inch drop at around 21 feet is acceptable for me at that range for home defense/ auto carry, I just hope it dos'nt ruin my shooting ability with my other pistols. more

    November 23, 2015
  • 20

    Lousy gun
    I bought this gun fathers day 2015 it is a piece of junk it jams all the time I have sent it back to Smith and Wesson they said they put in all new parts and it still jams. Do not buy this gun waste of money.

    November 12, 2015
    John 56
  • 100

    Great pistol
    I bought this gun last year and was very pleased with all the features especially the trigger safety. Mine was stolen and i will buy one this week to replace it.

    October 31, 2015
  • 80

    Good first hand gun
    Great feel and weight to this polymer hand gun. This was my first hand gun and I'm glad I chose it! I beat Dad in a shooting contest against his 1911 .45 caliber. It is surprisingly accurate and a good looking gun. ...I've had about 1,000 rounds through it with no jams. Magazine rattles a little and is hard to load to full capacity but gets easier with time. For the price you can't beat it! more

    October 22, 2015
    MSU Ranger
  • 80

    good gun
    My wife bought this gun, about 6 months ago, and I love it. Shoots good, easy to clean

    October 19, 2015
  • 100

    Awesome handling
    I am so happy I bought this gun for self-defense, its a good product and it was on sale for a great deal! I have no clue what I was going to buy but I could not pass this up!

    October 16, 2015
  • 100

    Solid gun great price!
    Bought this last week and am very impressed with build quality and price of the gun. It's very lightweight but sturdy. Comes with two clips and a lock for safety.

    October 13, 2015
  • 80

    Excellent value
    I have purchased this model Smith and Wesson and the model before it both in .40 caliber. I love the newer model as a good all around pistol and have zero complaints-except of course the trigger. It's not too heavy ...but its noticeably heavier than say a flock, but with the money saved buying this gun I can always get a aftermarket trigger. Overall no jams no ftf but I haven't shot it ALOT. I would say yes of course I would suggest it as a good value and good pistol to anyone looking to not drop 600+ on one. Overall excellent value. more

    October 10, 2015
  • 100

    I bought this pistol a few weeks ago. I have shot about 100 rounds threw it and it performed perfectly. You can't go wrong with the price, either. Very pleased

    October 7, 2015
  • 100

    easy to handle
    I bought my 40 about year ago and still love it best hand gun I have ever owned.

    September 27, 2015
  • 100

    Excellent firearm!
    Just want to say I am very happy with this firearm over all. Everything about it is perfect for me. Very simple to operate and does what its supposed to do. I have seen a lot of negative reviews concerning the trigger. I... for one have not found a single problem with the trigger. Being that the firearm does not have an external safety a heavier trigger is not a bad thing to have. The trigger is still not too heavy, it is just right. If you are looking into getting one of these, you cannot go wrong with this firearm. more

    September 19, 2015
  • 80

    Solid gun
    I have had this gun for a few years. Great gun value. Shoot well and easy to clean and maintain. Only jams have been with cheap ammo or not cleaning the gun.

    August 19, 2015
  • 100

    Good defense gun
    Bought gun 6 months ago and has worked great at the range. About the 8 lbs trigger ,I feel its built that way because its a home defense gun which gives it a safety feature. I really enjoy this gun all around and would it again with no regret. more

    August 8, 2015
  • 100

    Bought it love it trust it great value highly recommended

    July 14, 2015
  • 100

    Easy to handle!
    I loved this pistol even before I bought it. I was getting ready of buying my first firearm so I did much research. I liked what was said of this pistol. While in El Paso, I went shooting with my friends and brother to t...he dessert. A friend of mine had bought the SD9VE. I did notice that his pistol did have some issues. After more research I bough SD40VE. I took it shooting and I loved it, I'm still a beginner at this so I didn't do a good job at aiming. Two things I want to say, I really did not notice much of a difference in the recoil between the SD40VE and the SD9VE. I make this point because one thing I was told was that I should get a SD9VE so that my wife could use it to if she has to. My wife was able to use the SD9VE easily and this one should not be any problem for her. Second, this pistol is really easy to handle. It's really easy to disassemble, to load, to clean and I love the fact that the trigger has to be pulled all the way. more

    July 6, 2015
    Captain Moroni
  • 100

    Great control
    Bought about 2 months ago and take it everywhere I go

    July 6, 2015
  • 40

    rear sight came loose after one week
    The gun I had for a month and got rid of it. 150 rounds and not ftf or FTE. Reliability was 100% but the rear sight becoming loose after only a week I could not risk something else falling a part. Will probably buy a Had a MD 22 a long time ago and never let me down. Disappointed in S&W more

    July 3, 2015
  • 80

    Great gun for the money
    Very reliable and well made. Trigger is a little too heavy for my liking, but this is a great car/ditch bag gun.

    July 2, 2015
  • 100

    great gun great price
    I bought this gun 2 weeks ago just to have with me on the road. It handles good, shoots good and it wasa great price

    June 25, 2015
  • 100

    I bought my husband one for valentine and he love it.

    June 24, 2015
  • 100

    Great gun at great price
    This gun has worked flawlessly for the last year with no hiccups. Eats anything I feed it and points great.

    June 20, 2015
  • 100

    Great Deal and Sweet Deal
    I am going on almost a year since I got the SD 40 and I have been very pleased with it and I can not say nothing but great things about this Pistol. I have put most every kind of round that I can down range never having ...any trouble with this sweet pistol, I keep it clean and I got this Pistol as a back up to my daily carry. But I have added a spring kit and the SS guide rod with a SS 20 lb. guide rod spring. But I did this to make me feel better and I didn't do it due to any trouble. One Great Pistol and I am very pleased with the performance of this SD 40 VE more

    June 12, 2015
  • 100

    best 40 cal out
    400 rounds and absolutely no FTE or FTF . I would definitely recommend this weapon to new and veteran shooters. Best yet, i only paid 289.00

    May 24, 2015
  • 40

    Smith & Wesson SD40VE (not new sigma series)
    Bought almost year ago. All brands ammo shoots 8" low at 21 feet. What's the problem? Do I need to return to Smith & Wesson ?

    May 3, 2015
  • 100

    Great value and well made
    I purchased this gun for basic home defense. The gun is perfect for this. I took my wife to the range for the first time and she had no problems hitting the target after 20 rounds she was going after head shots. This is ...a great well made gun for the price.. more

    April 25, 2015
  • 100

    Great Pistol!!!
    This is my second SD40VE, affordable, accurate and never has jammed. Trigger pull is a bit heavy, but not unbearable.

    April 7, 2015
  • 100

    More for the money
    This was my first gun I ever bought, for the price thought was going to be one of those guns you shot few rounds and then it was going to be good for nothing. For my surprise the pistol is wow,no words I'd fire over... 500 rounds and no a single malfunction so far. No complaints S&W did a great job on this one, highly recommend it to anyone who wants something that you can depend on but at the same time as cheap as you can find for a gun. Not to mention academy has competitive prices more

    April 1, 2015
  • 100

    The way to go...
    Bought this gun a few months ago and it is definitely more gun for the money. I have put about 500 rds through it and no problems!! I would recommend to anyone (and have) that is looking for a solid well priced 40!!

    March 20, 2015
  • 100

    great handgun!
    I purchased about 2 months ago and I have shot over two hundred rounds with different brands of ammo and it never jammed. I own revolvers and had to get used to shooting a semi. Once I got used to it,the shots group well and it can be carried concealed. I do recommend this handgun, you will not be disappointed. more

    March 17, 2015
  • 100

    Glock copy!!
    I have ran 500 rounds through it & not one jam!! I clean it every 200 rounds. Take a look at the glock & its the same size, feel & movement!! This was my first gun & I carry it. Best Value for the money!!...! more

    March 12, 2015
    Budget shooter
  • 80

    I LOVE the Black/Chrome LOOK!!
    I've been looking at a lot of Hand Guns, an I think I've FOUND the ONE for ME!! :)

    February 8, 2015
  • 80

    good features
    I sold my previous sr40 because I was not satisfied with fell and performance. I bought a sd40ve not just because of the affordable price, but for the initial feel Ann comfort of the pistol. This will be my range and car...ry. I have recommened this pistol to my friends and more than one have purchased and are happy. more

    January 3, 2015
  • 100

    great gun
    I just bought this sd40ve about two weeks ago it is a great gun I ran over 150 rounds of some inexpensive ammo and it preformed very wee no ftf ir anything accuracy is very great as well

    December 23, 2014
  • 100

    perfect of everyone, even teens withsupervison and
    one of the best available for young or old, male or female. Get training if u aren't secure with weapons.

    December 2, 2014
  • 100

    No tools to breakdown and clean and also reliable.
    I bought this gun a year ago and right off the box it felt good in my hand. Squeezing the trigger it had a long travel and some resistance before it fired. That is a good safety feature that keeps you from accidentally f...iring a round. Cleaned it and oiled before use and had no problems with it. Qualified for conceal carry with it and is my favorite hand gun for target practice. This is the perfect hand gun to own, why? It is like having a Glock at 1/3 the price. You can not go wrong buddy. more

    November 5, 2014
  • 100

    This is my first handgun. I decided not to spend almost $600 on a Glock .40 S&W firearm so I went with this could not beat the price, and people seem to complain about the trigger pull. I found no issues with it. Sin...ce it was only $299 it came with no hard case so I also purchased a plano case from academy for 6.99. overall great gun for the price and for the casual shooter more

    October 29, 2014
  • 100

    Awesome Gun
    This is one of the best guns I have used, smooth, reliable, and great aim. I would recommend it to all, considering picking up the 9mm too!

    October 27, 2014
  • 100

    Great Starter Gun!
    First pistol I ever owned and I still carry it to this day! Over 500+ rounds shot and no problems...just clean and take care of it and it will last forever!

    October 23, 2014
  • 100


    October 22, 2014
    TJ G
  • 100

    Solid Purchase
    I bought this pistol bout a week ago. I've sent 2 mags through it so far. I'm impressed with everything. The only downside to the product is the noisy magazines after you get about the ninth round loaded.

    October 21, 2014
  • 100

    Great Gun...
    I bought this gun for my wife and she loved it. My wife still wants my desert storm.

    October 14, 2014
  • 80

    Great Pistol
    I bought this pistol a year ago and I love it. It's a great pistol that is fun to shoot!

    October 4, 2014
  • 100

    S&W SD40VE
    I have had this weapon for about a year and have no issues at all. The sights are true out of the box. I have had no misfeeds/misfires or any other problems. I would highly recommend this handgun -- especially for the! more

    October 3, 2014
  • 100

    Outstanding pistol
    Fires functions and accuracy just as well as higher priced pistols out there plus you get on extra magazine. I have fire over 400 rounds of different brands of ammo, from Tula to Speer gold dots, no FTF FTE, grouping 3&q...uot; at 25 yards easy, tigger harder than some but easy to get used to, install tigger kit from Apex tactical makes it much better. Out standing pistol. M&P holsters fit great. more

    September 26, 2014
  • 60

    solid shooter
    I bought this gun in April of 14. Price was right and I wanted a 40 cal. I already had the sw9ve which is a very reliable gun. Needless to say I was very disappointed when I took it to the range and couldn't shoot i...t more than twice before it would not extract the casing. I took it back to Academy and they sent it in to be repaired. Smith had it for 8 weeks before I got it back. Fast forward about a month and I finally got back to the range. Guess what? That's right it still wouldn't extract the casing after being fired only once or twice at most. Back to academy a second time to have the gun sent in. This time I made sure the magazines were sent in with the gun, they wern't the first time. Got the gun back in only 3 weeks this time. Took it back to the range and it fires flawlessly. Smith included 2 new magazines with the gun. I'm very pleased with the gun now and Smith and Wesson. Really good warranty dept. My advice, make sure the magazines are sent with the gun if it should ever need to be returned for warranty service. This is a 5 star gun but do to warranty issues at first I can only give it 3 stars. more

    September 16, 2014
  • 80

    Great Buy!
    In terms of look, feel, versatility, accuracy, and performance, you couldn't ask for a better gun. THE ONLY PROBLEM? The trigger. Wow! More than 8 lbs pull, and the return on the trigger takes you from one zip code another. BUT THERE IS AN INEXPENSIVE AND SIMPLE FIX. Apex makes an SD Spring kit for $20. Great video with installation instructions, and once installed, problem solved. For only $20 more this gun remains at the top of the class of inexpensive but outstanding hand guns. more

    September 4, 2014
  • 100

    great gun for the price
    well i had to sell my SIG p250 40cal because we need the money last year good gun. So i need a new gun. I was looking more SIGs and i saw this one at around 319 dollar. So i had to give it a shoot and boy do i like this ...gun i shot over 100round with WWB ammo no mis-fires or bad feeds. It fits nice in my hands very ez to use. Some people dont like the tigger pull i have no problem with it at all. Great gun for the price iam very happy with it. more

    August 9, 2014
  • 100

    Good purchase
    It's hard to look away from this entry-level firearm in this caliber. There are just so many features paired with a wonderful warranty by a great company. Made in America is yet another thing to appreciate with this... firearm. Fantastic ergonomics with a stellar design mean accurate shooting. Thanks S&W for making a good firearm affordable to the masses! more

    July 20, 2014
  • 80

    good gun for the price
    I bought this gun about a month ago and just got the opportunity to fire it today. The recoil on this gun was a little on the tuff side compared to a glock 22 gen III BUT not too bad. The trigger pull definitely has some... getting used too though. I didn't really care for that aspect of it ...especially compared to my Taurus 609 but it works cosidering this one has no safety. Its fairly accurate but the trigger pull I think takes some of that away. Overall though its a gretly priced gun. I fired an assortment of ammo including 100 steel cased blazers, 40 Winchester law man's hollow points 50 remington umc, and a mag of Remington jhp without a hicup. So for that reason I would trust this firearm with my life. Others would argue that but it just plain works. With some practice I could be hitting my marks a lot easier. All and all I'd recommend this firearm to someone that wants a cheap reliable gun. more

    July 13, 2014
  • 100

    Great for the price
    I have the .40 and 9mm SD's. I have had absolutely no problems out either gun. Lost track of how many round shot in them(I never keep track as to many to remember and I'm not writing it down) I preference many ...of my other pistols. But for a reliable knock around pistols these are great! And I'm not a S&W fan boy either. more

    July 11, 2014
  • 100

    Get it!
    I bought this from Academy about 2 years ago, shot many rounds through it. I used to have a Ruger 9mm I had to sell a while back, and when I found this gun I was hoping to replace the Ruger again. Not only was this a hig...her caliber gun, but it was even cheaper.. I LOVE this gun, it hasn't failed me yet. I was even chatting with a Sheriff one day whop was also a proud owner of this gun, and he told me he would prefer this over his Glock.40 any day. The ONLY complaint I have read about this gun is the trigger has a stiff spring, but I like mine being that way. HIGHLY recommend! more

    July 11, 2014
  • 100

    Awesome pistol
    My mother in law and my wife bought me this pistol for a a late birthday gift I have to say I like everything about this weapon including the price

    July 7, 2014
  • 100

    Great gun!
    I received this as a Father's Day present from my 3 son's & wife. I had been looking at Glocks, but this gun is amazing. It fits my hand well, the recoil is light.. The only issue I didn't like was the... heavy trigger pull, but that was easily fixed with a trigger kit from Apex Tactical more

    July 3, 2014
  • 100

    Great purchase for the price
    Bought the SD40VE aover 2 months ago, at first I was a little concerned at the mixed reviews but for the price baught it anyway. I will never regret it, I have put over 450 rounds through it in a short period of time and... no mis-fires or feeds. Composite material was a conern, not tpo worry, 450 rounds and no wear, great gun and fo the price I don't worry when I am out and about on the quad, if I run it over I can afford to throw it away and get another one. more

    July 2, 2014
  • 100

    great value for a qaulity product
    I bought my sd40ve 3 months ago.... i have sense fired about 500 rounds through it. It has functioned flawlessly. with every type of ammo i have fed it. this pistol also is easy to field strip and maintain, making it a g...reat firearm for new owners. I liked this sdve model so much that i bought a second one in 9mm for my wife more

    June 29, 2014
  • 100

    I bought this pistol as my first handgun because of the price. I am very impressed. I have about 400 rounds through it now with no problems what so ever! The only thing I can say negative is, it takes some getting use to... the trigger pull. more

    June 25, 2014
  • 100

    Great pistol and price!
    I love my .40! I had it for 3 years now and it is just amazing. I have taken it to the gun range and it runs smoothly. Doesn't choke. Just perfect!

    June 25, 2014
  • 100

    Great features

    June 24, 2014
  • 100

    great looking easy to handle
    i seen it in news paper went to Academy looked at it there and bought it am glad i did

    June 20, 2014
  • 100

    This gun Should cost more than it does!
    I picked up this gun on sale at Academy for $289. This is a really great gun for the money. Lightweight, smooth trigger, two magazines. The gun looks and feels great. I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a grea...t gun and you don't want to spend alot of money. more

    June 20, 2014
  • 100

    Smith & Wesson SD40VE
    I got the sd40ve two months ago and I love it. 300 rounds and no problems at all. I it so much go to buy the sd9ve next month. They are some great handguns.

    June 17, 2014
  • 100

    Great Pistol
    This has been a great pistol with several hundred rounds through it without a single problem. It breaks down like a Glock for quick and easy cleaning. The only thing I did not care for was the trigger pull. I spent $60 o...n a spring kit and trigger from Apex Tactical and very satisfied. Anyone looking for a great gun without spending a lot of money should consider the SD. more

    June 16, 2014
  • 100

    awsome handgun
    Just purchased several months ago and I must say shoots very well.also very easy to break down and clean. Over 200 rounds through it with no problems. Highly recommend

    June 16, 2014
  • 100

    Great Gun!
    I bought this pistol about two weeks ago and I love it. It fires great, and is very well built. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good entry level gun.

    June 16, 2014
  • 80

    Decent Gun
    I have shot several hundred rounds through this gun. 2 rounds have stovepiped but it was cheap steel ammo. For the money you can't go wrong. the trigger is tight but it is SAFE .You really need to pull it kinda hard... but once you get used to it it's no big deal. I think it's one of the better looking guns out there looks much better to me than glock.Feels good in your hands. more

    June 14, 2014
  • 80

    THIS GUN IS A BUY! a few ez mods and walla!
    Bought the stock S&W SD40VE, Shot it and immediately noticed HEAVY!! Trigger pull. So I installed the Apex Tactical trigger spring kit, minus the trigger return spring, too light for me, then I went with a Galloway P...recision stainless steel guide rod with the 20 Lb. Spring ( comes stock with a very cheap plastic 17 Lb. guide rod that I would not trust.) P.S. Same 17 Lb. cheap plastic spring guide on the S&W SD9VE. now flawless! no ftf, fte. with a much improved trigger. Another issue is load the magazine one round less, no biggie. WRITE MEC-GAR MAGAZINES and request they make a better magazine!!!! more

    June 9, 2014
  • 100

    love the gun
    I bought this gun about 1 1/2 years ago. the trigger gave a hard time until I took two of the springs out and it dropped it from 12 to 3.5 pound trigger pull. I lost count of how many rounds guessing 1000 +. I put threw but I can count on one hand the number of times its jammed on me. I shoot a lot from 7 to 25 feet I can put every round inside a 3 inch circle. and cant do that with my glock to this day more

    May 25, 2014
  • 80

    Just picked up one of these S&W .40's. Great gun right out of the box. Only shot two clips out of it so far but it's a good gun for the money. Great customer serviced at Academy.

    May 5, 2014
  • 100

    Excellent Gun!!!

    April 21, 2014
  • 100

    good gun
    I bought this gun Saturday 42614 and shot 100 rounds through it Sunday. Performed flawlessly. The trigger pull is long but did not notice the heavy pull everyone talks about. My wife had some problems with the trigger pu...ll, but she has ridiculously small hands and had to really reach just to pull it properly. Easy to break down and clean. more

    April 21, 2014
  • 80

    Very nice gun for the price
    I got mine a couple of months ago. I've put 300 rounds through it and it shoots great. I did have one FTF but that was with the full 15 in the gun and the really cheap ammo. Other than that, it never missed a lick. ...The trigger is sloppy and heavy though. I dropped an Apex trigger and spring kit in it. It took out all the creep and dropped the pull to 5.5 lbs. So for $280.00 for the gun and $60.00 for the trigger kit, this is now an excellent gun. more

    April 19, 2014
  • 100

    WOW I LOVE IT !!!
    This Sd40ve is my very first semi auto gun and all I can say is WOW !!! I was a little hesitant to purchase the gun after i read some of the not so positive reviews. So glad I did decide to give it a go. Shots like a and it was a hog it ate every kind of ammo i feed it.. I put around 250 rounds through it and NOT a single FTF or stovepipe !!! Think I may get one for my wife I know see will love it as mush as I do . more

    April 9, 2014
  • 100

    GREAT DEAL !!!
    I bought my SD40VE about 6 months ago on sale for $289.00 GREAT DEAL !!! The trigger takes a little getting use to but once you have it, it's a tack driver !!! I have over 1500 rounds through her so far, and I must ...say She eats whatever I feed her, and has put them all down range with almost boring regularity. NOT ONE FTF, FTE or FTRTB in 1500 ROUNDS !!! It is also hands down the easiest automatic pistol I have ever seen to break down and clean. I also like the frame mounted rail where I just hung a new green laser which I also bought at Academy. The .40 S&W is a "high pressure" round and the SD jumps a bit, so if you are recoil sensitive you might want to consider her twin sister the SD9VE in 9MM The SD40VE IS A GREAT GUN AT A GREAT PRICE !!! more

    March 19, 2014
  • 100

    After a couple of months looking at this weapon and several others . I purchased this 40 Cal. and could not wait to try it out . I truthfully cannot find any flaws with this gun since it does everything I ask of it . A g...reat choice for a concealed weapon yet one that I am not afraid to trust my life to if the situation should ever arise . I have read the reviews about the trigger pull and my response is this . What trigger pull ? If you can't pull this trigger then you are major wimp and do not need to own any weapon . My wife fired a number of rounds with it and had no problem with the trigger , even with Arthritis in her gun hand . more

    March 18, 2014
  • 80

    Beware if you are a reloader
    I bought this a while back, If you are a re-loader do not buy this gun, the casings after they are fired have a bulge and a crease in the casing which makes them questionable for reloading, if you look in the barrel ther...e is an indention where the the cartridge is inserted, that indention leaves a bulge after firing. I called Smith and Wesson they said "unfortunately" thats how they were made, Its sounded like it was flaw and they sold the gun any way and thats why it is cheap, I said I wanted a refund or a different gun and the guy told me management told him tell people thats just the way they were made and they will do nothing about it! I asked him if he had any more complaints and he said yes many from re-loaders. if you are not a re loader then this gun is good it  fires well, and is great for the price. This not academy's fault, but Smith and Wesson should say in their advertisement that this gun is not for the re-loader, they are deceptive so they can sell this gun.  I think it has been discontinued. I will avoid buying Smith and Wesson because of their Bait and Hook Tactics. more

    March 6, 2014
  • 100

    Great Gun
    I purchased a SW40VE in 2005. This pistol is very similar to the Glock 22. The 11 pound trigger pull does take some getting used to. I like the weight and balance of the pistol and it fits my large hands very well. I...9;ve cycled thousands of rounds of both quality and cheap ammo through this pistol and have never had a jam.   more

    February 21, 2014
  • 100

    Great gun
    I haven't had this gun for long and so far I've put around 400 rounds through this thing and it fires great. No miss fires or jams. Price is also great.

    February 7, 2014
  • 80

    Best bang for your buck!
    I bought this gun 6 mos ago and instantly became one of my favorites. Price is too low for the quality of gun you are getting.Put hundreds of rounds already including cheap steel cased ammo with no problem. I made a vide...o on youtube because I realy like this gun. more

    January 26, 2014
  • 80

    Great value But some issues with the new 40
    I bought the gun a few day ago and due to the snow storm in the south east I have a day off so I went out on the range I built on my property and shot the new pistol. I was not to happy I only shot 2 mags as I was having... every other round a FTF issue as the slide just push back far enough to allow the next round to load. I plan on contacting S&W on the issue and see what they can do to help. All in all I like the gun and feel sure the issue will get resolved. I have a 9 mm in the same gun and have had NO issues at all with it. SO BUY THIS GUN it is a great back up gun if you carry and a good home defense gun. more

    January 21, 2014
  • 100

    best .40 cal i have ever bought.....
    great gun with a great price.. very light weight..

    January 16, 2014
  • 100

    love this gun
    I bought this gun because it was a cheap glock copy. got it home the trigger was 11 pound pull. so I you tubed it pulled the outer spring out and OMG this gun shoots great. I now have 3 one in truck two in house.

    December 31, 2013
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    December 27, 2013
  • 100

    Great Gun for the money!
    I purchased the gun about a year ago and have shot about 700 rounds with it and have not had a single FTF or FTE. I reload my own ammunition and I have no problems with it. With the .40 Glocks you get a bulge in the cart...ridges and it could be dangerous to use the spent cartridges for reloads. Not with the SD40VE which is definitely a plus if you plan to reload. The gun is accurate at 25 yards and is very ergonomic. The Sigma was copied from Glock and IMO you are getting a good gun for $200 - $250 less then the Glock. I added Apex trigger springs which reduced the trigger pull to around 5.5 lbs and the trigger is much smoother now. I also removed the plastic rear sight and replaced it with an M&P metal sight and that improved the rear sights. The gun is a real bargain and I highly recommend it! more

    December 26, 2013
  • 100

    Big Bang for the Buck
    I just purchased the SD40VE and I love it! For a 40 Cal it's a very smooth shooter. I own a Ruger P95 9 MM and the SD40 fits my hand much better. Simple and easy to break down and very accurate. Getting used to the ...8 lb trigger pull but after 500 or more rounds I will feel right at home. And it's a very nice looking gun, Great for conceal carry as well. more

    December 5, 2013
  • 100

    Excellent Gun
    I loved this gun, it is my favorite concealed carry gun, it function flawlessly and feed reliably the frame and barrel is all stainless steel no need to worry about rust or wearing, the thing the slide ride on is also st...ainless steel no worry about shaving, the take down is easy same as a glock, since it's a glock copy how bad can it be right since Glock did sued them i guess it must be very close, did the same dirt test ppl do for glock, work just as good and for 200$ less than a glock its a bargain, the sight are dead on and no pignosing like the glock usually does. Now the only thing i don't like about this gun is the magazine, once you loaded up the magazine it rattle.....Alot! i had people asking me what that rattling in ur pocket, but i think u can find a fix for that somewhere on youtube.  more

    November 27, 2013
  • 100

    bought this 2 weeks ago very pleased and with the smith & wesson name added bonus

    November 22, 2013
  • 40

    This was amazing and this has helped me a lot during hunts

    November 18, 2013
  • 100

    Most Bang for the Buck!!
    I purchased my SD40VE almost a year ago. It's ate everything from factory FMJ's to my cast reloads, never even a hiccup in over 500 rds. More accurate than I expected, and with the Apex spring kit, it's fu...n and what I carry concealed. It's not expensive, but I'd bet my life on it. Waiting for the SD9 to go on sale, I'll get one of them too! My motto, look elsewhere, shop Academy Sports. more

    November 16, 2013
  • 100

    Updated review
    I said I would repost a review after I initially broke the gun in. I have now shot 1250 rounds within the first month. WOW, I LOVE THIS PISTOL! The trigger feels great now. It has really polished up nicely. I STILL have ...not had a single FTF, FTE, stovepipe, nothing! You heard me right, ZERO! This is by far the best $350 out the door I have ever spent. Hats off to Smith & Wesson. The gun is fairly light for it's size, and I can still conceal it, if I need to. Recoil is extremely manageable for a .40 cal. The accuracy is dead on. Very simple to field strip. I trust my life completely with this firearm. I would buy this any day over a Glock. If I had the money for a Glock, I would buy the Smith and Wesson M&P, but never the less, this is a quality piece. I seriously can't say anything bad about the SD40VE. Absolutely LOVE IT! more

    November 16, 2013
  • 100

    I love this gun.
    i bought this and upgraded the guide rod from galloway. ran about 100 rounds through it this week first time shooting it and i love it. best gun you can get for the price. Getting my wife the 9mm this month. She shot it ...with ease and it was her first time shooting a hand gun.  Feels the same as a block to me. Great gun. more

    November 16, 2013
  • 100

    Don't let the price fool you
    I purchased this pistol about 2 weeks ago.  At the time I thought this was a steal.  Then I started looking online and reading the mixed reviews about this pistol.  I was a bit reserved about it but after ...I went to the range, I was very pleased.  This pistol performed flawlessly!  It wasn't picky on ammo, I shot Remington & Winchester through it.  Zero FTE or FTF with right at 100 rounds through it.  There is one thing that I do not like about the pistol.  There is no elevation adjustment on the rear sight.  But at this price, you can't have all the bells and whistles.   Bottom line, this is a great pistol for a great price more

    November 7, 2013
  • 100

    My first hand gun
    Bought this gun a few days ago. I LOVE THIS GUN! I took it range the day after I bought it and had a few miss fires but that was due to me not pulling the slide briskly enough. I do not recommend going to Academy to buy ...guns until they have counted there inventory. I had to wait almost 2 hours after working the night before. more

    October 26, 2013
  • 100

    great pistol for the money
    I bought this pistol from academy last week. Took it out to the range immediately. the pistols works great right out of the box. very light, easy for my wife to use also. No problem with the trigger pull at all. Glad I m...ade the decision to stay with Smith &Wesson. more

    October 21, 2013
  • 100

    Best .40 for the money!
    Bought this pistol yesterday, and got to the range today. I ran 200 rounds through it without any FTF, FTE, FTF, or stovepipes. I can't say that about the Glock I tried. Very similar to the Glock, but in my opinion ...more reliable. The grip fits my hand better because it doesn't have the finger grooves. Don't get me wrong, it is not as nice as my brothers M&P .40 cal, but it is also a couple hundred dollars cheaper. No complaints so far. It is very accurate, and the recoil is very manageable. One could nitpick the gritty trigger, but mine smoothed out after 200 rounds, and I expect it to get only better in time. Remember, it's only $320! I will repost an update once I fire over 1000 rounds, but so far I am more than happy with this purchase! I would definantly recommend this gun over many firearms for a lot more money. *Cough Cough* Glock! more

    October 21, 2013
  • 100

    Great Value Gun
    We bought one of these several months ago, and have put more than 500 rounds through it.  The mechanics and logistics of the gun are great.  The trigger is pretty stiff and has a hard reset, which some people m...ay not like but which we found either loosened up a bit or we got used to it after a while.  For a home defense gun with no external safety, the trigger is appropriate.  Also, you may want to load the chamber by releasing the slide lock as we found that you have to pull and release the slide pretty hard and quick or it can jam sometimes.  The gun breaks down for cleaning near identical to a glock, which is what you'd expect since it is basically copied from that design. more

    October 9, 2013
  • 100

    .40 S/W Great Gun
    I purchased this gun as well as others and this one preforms just woundeful. No complaints this is actually the one i prefer over my others. I use Federal ammo in it and it just makes a great pair. was made for this gun.... more

    October 4, 2013
  • 100

    Love this bad boy
    I have had this about 2 months now..I have blasted around 500 rounds through problems, jams, etc..Accurate!! Some people don't like the trigger..Its heavy..But I dig it. Its a good looking gun, reliable, and ...the price was killer. more

    September 22, 2013
  • 100

    Great weapon!!
    Purchased this pistol about 2 months ago -- shot about 100 rounds -- Handles well- no jams!!! The trigger is tight but easy handle!!

    September 11, 2013
  • 40

    SD40VE Pistol
    I bought this pistol at Academy in May and fired about 500 rounds thru it and all ammo except for winchester white box 165 grain bullets have a budge on each fired casing. Talked to Smith & Wesson and they will tell that the gun was gun barrel was notched out to allow for all 40 ca ammo to load, therefore most of the fired casing can not be reloaded. They tell you pistol is in specs and if you RMA it back to them, they will hold it for a week or so and send it back to you. They will not fix or replace the barrel. They tell you it is okay to fire and they have no intentions or replacing any barrel on a SD40VE, therefore I do not recommend that anyone purchase this pistol. more

    August 27, 2013
  • 100

    Something you can rely on: Always ready to go.
    This gun was my first and best gun I ever had. I bought it to get my conceal carry license and I just can not get over as to how reliable and accurate it has been. I will never get rid of it. Shooting accuracy and reliab...ility is something you can rely on. And it just feels really good when I place my hand around the handle. It fits like a glove. more

    August 18, 2013
  • 100

    Worth every $
    Just bought from Academy 3 days ago. Went looking to compare Glock 27 and Sig P250. I'm ex LEO so I like the .40. I've always been a S&W guy but thought I'd venture away for something new..........unti...l I held the Sigma. Felt great and much lighter than duty weapon. Immediately went to range with 15 year old son to shoot. Put a couple hundred rounds through it with no problems. He loved it and he has issues with my duty weapon's trigger pull. No issues here!! Worth the money!! more

    July 13, 2013
  • 100

    Wifes PeePee dance! Wow!
    Just purchased the S&W Sigma .40 with 3 boxes of the Monarch S&W JHP .40 180-Grain Centerfire Ammunition 2 hours ago. Gave it at quick wipe down with oil and fired 100 rounds through it, WOW!. Excellent firearm, ...I'm a 20 plus year Military Veteran, and have fired the .45 to the current .9mm, This weapon, in my opinion, out performs what I currently carry as a DoD employe. I have read complaints about the trigger pull, WHAT TRIGGER PULL! It is light and smooth. Let my 110 lb wife shoot her first gun with this, couldn't get her to stop the peepee dance! All she wanted to do is keep firing. Now I have to get her the Smith & Wesson SD9VE Sigma 9mm. Love this weapon. more

    July 3, 2013
  • 100

    You won't regret it!
    I purchased this gun at Academy due to price. It was my first automatic. I have fired at least 700 - 1000 rounds through it. Not one single issue. No matter what low grade target ammo I used. And certainly no issues with... high grade ammo. I'm as accurate with this as I am my $700+ 9mm. Since I originally purchased this I've purchased 3 other autos. One was $450+, One $500+ and one $700+. I've had some sort of issue with each at the range. One won't feed a certain grain ammo, one has been sent back to the manufacturer for repairs, the last one requires lock-tite on the grip screws to keep them from backing out. Not hiccup number one from this baby. Just ready to go everyday, no hassle. If you don't like the trigger pull see a gunsmith. But don't pass up this affordable, reliable and accurate firearm! more

    June 19, 2013
  • 100

    Excellent Gun
    First firearm for me so I'm not able to review as good as others. This is a great gun for someone on a buget. I purchased mine in Concord, NC. At the time of purchase, Academy had this priced the cheapest I'd f...ound it. Has a nice feel to it. Even loaded it doesn't feel too heavy at all. Doesn't seem to have too much recoil either. Holds 14+1. Comes with two magazines. Only disappointment for me is that it comes in a box with no kind of case. But overall I am extremely pleased with it. more

    April 28, 2013