Smith & Wesson SD9VE

Part Number: 116885904

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Positive: 248
Mixed: 53
Negative: 13

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Mixed: 1
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User Score

Positive: 248
Mixed: 53
Negative: 13
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Smith & Wesson SD9VE


The Massachusetts-compliant Smith & Wesson SD9VE 9mm Pistol has a 4-inch barrel and a polymer frame with fixed white-dot sights. This semiautomatic handgun features a 10+1 capacity and a weighs 22.7 ounces.


Part Number 116885904
Weight 22.7 oz
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22.7 ounces



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Fair Market Range $276 - $288
Fair Market Price $282
MSRP $299.99
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User Reviews (314)

Positive: 248 Mixed: 53 Negative: 13
  • 100

    Great pistol for the money.
    It is my opinion that the SDVE pistols [9mm or 40S&W] are better than a Glock. The SDVE looks a lot better [contoured slide] and fits my hand better. I have several SDVEs and they all shoot really well. Just as accur...ate as my Glocks plus I can shoot lead bullets in the SDVEs while Glock strongly advises against shooting lead bullets in their barrels due to they weird rifling. And the SDVEs cost about $200 to $300 less than a Glock [depending on which Glock you buy]. I have not had any kind of malfunctions, even with my reloads. I use a SD9VE with a light/laser attaches to the rail as our home protection pistol. I love the 16+1 capacity. more

    August 11, 2018
  • 100

    S&W will not let you down.
    Qualified at range several times with this firearm. Reliable and practical, looks great, feels great in the hand.

    July 29, 2018
  • 100

    Excellent Quality
    I purchased the Smith & Wesson SD9VE because I wanted a firearm that had the same quality and workmanship of another firearm that's popular with law enforcement, ( I won't say the name ) but I didn't h...ave the $500 to $700, the S&W SD9VE is just as good as the other high dollar firearm, I'm was impressed with the S&W SD9VE, so much that its now my primary carry sidearm, if it wasn't a reliable firearm I wouldn't let my life and lives of my family depend on it. I have spoken with several in the law enforcement community who say the S&W SD9VE 16+1 and the SD40VE .40 14+1 are just as good in reliability and performance as the highend firearms but without the high price tag, and with the warranty offered with this firearm you can't go wrong. I look forward to purchasing a S&W SD40VE 14+1 more

    September 8, 2018
  • 100

    I have had this firearm for many years. I have put over 2,500 rounds through it and not one issue. Had it inspected and was told looks brand new. If you clean it properly I see it lasting a very long time.

    August 20, 2018
  • 40

    Horrible Trigger
    The trigger is so difficult to work with. By the time you’ve finally continued to pull and pull and pull you’re no longer accurate. No safety on this gun and has an extremely ROUGH back grip. I should’v...e spent more and looked more into reviews. I’ve shot many guns and this is really a cheap not very good gun. more

    August 14, 2018
  • 100

    Great Defense Handgun!
    I bought my SD9VE a few months back. I've fired around 800 rounds out of it without a single failure. The defense trigger (striker fire) is not too bad, I actually like a heavier trigger. Overall, this is a great ha...ndgun made by a great American company that holds it's own against the Glock. Buy one, you will love it! more

    August 6, 2018
  • 100

    Great pistol for the money.
    This pistol is just as good as a Glock and costs at least $200 less. You can buy a lot of ammo with that $200. I have several SD & SDVE models in both 9mm and 40 S&W. They all shoot great. No malfunctions of any ...kind. Love the 16+1 capacity on the 9mm and 14+1 on the 40 S&W. You can not go wrong with these pistols. more

    July 25, 2018
  • 80

    Now I contemplate carrying this over my glock
    I bought the gun a couple weeks ago haven’t shot it yet but I love the looks and size not to big not to small it makes me contemplate carrying this instead of my g17

    July 22, 2018
  • 100

    Good economy
    This Smith&Wesdon is truly great quality for the money. And Academy Sports Store sells it for less. Wheather it’s the sights or a glove like grip, I enjoy the tight groupings at the firing range

    July 9, 2018
  • 100

    Good product just what I needed
    Bought a few months ago , service was Great at the store, and great price on the firearm!!!!!

    May 27, 2018
  • 100

    Great defense gun
    Got this gun 3 months ago and just shot it last couple weeks. Works perfectly! 8 pound trigger pull doesn't bother me at all, it actually makes sure you know you're pulling it and is no bother in a critical sit...uation. Put 200 rounds through using Winchester FMJ, blazer brass FMJ, and monarch jhp, all in 9mm. First time shooting a 9 and all shots went straight in the middle at 12 yards, with all headshots at 20. sights are great right out of the box. Only possible complaint is that the polymer frame, while lightweight, was overmolded, so it scraped my hand every time I shot. No biggie, just a little filing will take care of it. more

    May 8, 2018
  • 100

    Great Gun
    I purchased this pistol over three years ago and have put many rounds thru it. Never has this firearm had an issue!! Shoots true every time and the trigger is great!!! Great Gun for this price and for any price honestly!...! more

    April 20, 2018
  • 40

    I bought this gun 1/29/18 it lasted 3 months, I shot about 200 rounds and the trigger spring has detached. I have contacted Smith and Wesson to see if there's something can get fixed or not. p.s. I bought this gun d...ue to all the positive reviews but I guess I got a faulty one. more

    April 20, 2018
  • 80

    Great gun
    I bought this gun for my wife about 3 weeks ago. She loves it and so do I. Easy to handle and shoot. Breakdown and cleaning is a breeze. Would recommend to any. Only thing I have against it is there is no safety.

    April 13, 2018
  • 100

    My baby
    I absolutely love my new baby...a wonderful addition to my family.... I am so happy I made this purchase I really enjoy my new baby 9 mm. Thanks Smith and Wesson and especially Wayne at academy in humble Texas... I will ...definitely be seeing you again soon... more

    April 2, 2018
    CJ Jordan
  • 100

    Best gun
    It light and 2 16 round magazine right size for CCW carry

    March 31, 2018
  • 80

    This side 9mm is light weight also has a decent grip. Compared to more expensive 9mm this one is the best deal. Easy to maintain.easy to carry and keep around .

    March 26, 2018
  • 100

    Great gun
    Gun shoots great. Might even buy the 40 cal pistol.

    March 23, 2018
  • 100

    Where price meets performance from a trusted name
    I've had the S&W SD9VE a few weeks now and have shot quite a bit through it, mostly reloads that a friend of mine had tucked away. Not one hiccup. It is a wonderful handgun at a great price, and it is reliable t...o the point that it is almost boring. It has an impressive ammo capacity for its size and weight. I really appreciate the easy take-down for cleaning, but I have had no cause to clean it yet. The trigger pull is a tad stiff, but the fact that this is a self-defense gun and bargain-minded to boot pretty much reasons that perceived problem away. I added an inexpensive laser and I feel like I am well equipped for any typical self-defense emergency. more

    March 24, 2018
  • 80

    Perfect carry gun!!
    I recently purchased this gun and have only fired it a few rounds. So far I am pleased the gun.... easy to load and has a good feel to it. I did purchase a rubber sleeve made especially for the S&W MP guns for a fit to my hand. Good pistol and got a great deal at Academy Sports! more

    March 18, 2018
  • 100

    Durable, I carry it everyday on my property!
    I’ve had this Smith&Wesson SD9 VE 3-years now, not one problem whatsoever! I carry it on my property, we have black bears that will sit and watch me work, before I even see them! This is a good, reliable, durab...le, pistol. Kind of like the toughness of the famous Russian AK! I wouldn’t shoot a bear with it, but it will get me to the truck, where a rifle is! more

    March 19, 2018
  • 100

    BANG for you Buck
    Bought it on Friday, and put a couple hundred rounds through it over the weekend. Ate everything I put it in, whether it was my own ammo or the range's reloaded brass. Trigger is a little stiff, but that's not ...a bad thing to me. My 10 year old son managed to pull it with ease, so I'm not sure about some of the complaints. Only nitpicky thing I could say is that the magazines have a little bit of wiggle to them after you pop them in, they aren't real firm like you'll find in a more expensive gun. Breaks down and cleans easily. For 300 out the door and a name that doesn't say Taurus or Hi Point, you can't go wrong. Great starter gun. more

    March 14, 2018
  • 80

    Sd9 VE handgun
    I bought this handgun last month and went to shooting range and shot 250 rounds no jamming or late fire with this gun Reliable!

    February 27, 2018
  • 100

    Straight shooter
    Terrific, $309 out the door. Ive got a couple hundred rounds through it so far with no hang ups. Steel and aluminum ammo. I hear people constantly nag on the trigger but that's because their pencil pushers. I'v...e personally never had my forearm get fatigued. It will perform when you need it to, and shoot where you aim it. You may need a steel guide rod eventually, but no problems here yet, I believe those are $20. more

    March 1, 2018
  • 80

    Great budget gun
    Had issues firing cheap pmc have used Winchester since then haven’t had an issue I didn’t care for the trigger ordered apex trigger and springs waiting to put those on and see how much my accuracy improves

    February 27, 2018
  • 100

    Nice Pistol
    This pistol is not too heavy. I practiced with it at range; trigger feels great

    February 20, 2018
  • 100

    Great Budget Gun!
    I've had over 2500 rds through this gun! Eats everything from aluminium to steel....the only issue I've encountered is the hold open after the last round(after a few hundred rounds)... Tightened some springs an...d we'll find out how it goes next time out! The only upgrade so far is a stainless guide rod and recoil spring @ 20 lbs. Trigger does what it's supposed to do for the SD firearm! more

    February 19, 2018
  • 100

    Curt litton
    Had gun for two werks.It is S&W 9mm.Shoots very well.

    February 13, 2018
  • 100

    Smith Wesson
    Nice and easy pistol, loving it.....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 10, 2018
  • 100

    Best Value for Both Price & Reliability
    I bought this gun in used/like new condition for $195. The trigger pull is not great at all so I upgraded to the Apex Kit. If you do research on the gun this is an easy solution for a problem that is what it is and its i...nexpensive. This gun is cheap enough in price that I don't feel that I have to baby it at all. I do plan on milling the slide for a red dot but that's just my preference. The great thing about this gun is that it will shoot any ammunition without issues. Its extremely reliable and you can always upgrade parts as you wish. I installed metal rear sights from my M&P, an extended take down lever, installed a 20 lb. stainless steel guide rod and it was all inexpensive. You don't have to do it all at once, or at all, if you don't wish to. The gun will still function as it should straight out of the box. I highly recommend this gun if you're on a budget or even if you're not. more

    February 16, 2018
  • 80

    Great team
    I brought this a couple weeks ago and I love it. I haven’t been to the range but can’t wait to I get a chance to go.

    February 13, 2018
  • 100

    Best customer sevice ever
    Thrilled with my new hand gun. Aaron new EVERTHING about my gun and EVERY gun they carry. Thanks so much, I really learned a lot!!

    February 8, 2018
  • 100

    Love it
    It’s been a week and I love it! I’ve been to the gun range twice and I’m so comfortable with it. Money well spent.

    February 4, 2018
  • 80

    Smith & Wesson 9mm
    Nice gun. Shoots well. Very few jams. Not happy at all with the plastic trigger and heavy trigger pull. Good price for this average gun.

    February 1, 2018
  • 100

    Great Handgun for the Price!
    I bought this as my first semi auto handgun mainly because of price. I have fired about 100 rounds, no jams and accuracy is good. This gun does what it’s supposed to do and I am very satisfied with the purchase. I ...definitely recommend this firearm. more

    January 22, 2018
  • 80

    Good gun
    I bought this gun because of the price. Good capacity. It fits good in my hand and there is very manageable recoil. The only problem is it takes some work to disassemble with the take down for cleaning.

    December 5, 2017
  • 100

    SD9VE Awesomeness
    I bought this pistol from Academy back in March 2017. No complaints! Excellent ergonomics, accurate, super reliable, and costs about $200+ less than a Glock. If you can't find a holster for it, the M&P holsters ...will work. I'm former military and law enforcement, and I'd highly recommend this pistol. more

    December 6, 2017
  • 80

    quality firearm ,at a affordable price
    this gun shoots good. And it feels good in my hand. Everyone complains about the trigger. I like it. It feels good. No problems

    November 1, 2017
  • 20

    I've had this gun for about a year and a half and I hate it, the weight is absolutely horrible the recoil for a 9mm is insane and I almost can't take the gun down because of the small takedown pin. Its just a k...nock-off Glock, I'm not a big plastic pistol fan but if you are gonna get one save up and get a Glock. more

    October 3, 2017
  • 100

    Great Budget Pistol
    The SD9VE is a very good budget friendly pistol. But the one thing any purchasers should do, is replace the plastic guide rod assembly. It will very much improve accuracy and reliability, in both SD9VE & SD40VE. It&#...039;s guide rod assembly s the biggest issue about this pistol. The plastic guide rod, will flex, when firing, why S&W, & Glock, etc. use cheap plastic guide rod assembly's is beyond me. But after 2k rds, still running great, with guide rod replacement. more

    September 8, 2017
  • 100

    Great Gun!
    Bought this gun on Father's Day and took out to the range the following day. Have shot over 1500 rounds and have NOT had any type of issues with the gun. Minimum recoil. Very satisfied!

    September 10, 2017
  • 100

    Great Gun for the money!
    I purchased this gun after getting my carry permit. I purchased it for the name S & W and the price, because I was on a budget. After four years , I still love this pistol, and have taught all my children about gun s...afety. My oldest just received her carry permit. more

    September 3, 2017
    Davis Crew
  • 80

    Bought this pistol on spur of the moment when everyone was in a panic and everything was sold out. I used to to qualify for my CHL shot perfect.

    August 12, 2017
  • 100

    I've enjoyed this pistol very much since purchasing in March 2017. Have fired it almost every weekend since, and eats any & all ammo I feed it. "0" malfunctions since new. I highly recommend the Apex T...rigger & Trigger Spring Kit, what a tremendous improvement in travel & weight of pull. Thanks Academy for the great price! more

    August 16, 2017
  • 60

    Great Price, Average Return
    Overall this gun was what you'd expect for lower price range. It shoots straight, eats all types of ammo, and I liked the looks (mine is blacked out). Now for the reasons I put it down 2 stars. The first and foremos...t was the trigger. It really doesn't have a short reset like other guns and the split trigger is horrible (I went Apex). With no reset, it shoots like a revolver and is hard to do quick followup shots. The sights were upgraded as part of the deal I got, but they are not great. It did come with 2 mags, but not a case. I find that odd as other makers provided a hard case. Lastly, the middle of the polymer frame has some give to it. It needs more meat there or an metal insert to keep the flex down. Breakdown and clean is easy accept for the trigger block. It did have a little rattle, but nothing to be worried about. I've put approx 1000 rnds through it. Still a great value for what I spent on it as opposed to guns 2x the cost. Just the trigger is a pain to deal with. more

    August 10, 2017
  • 100

    For a Cheap Pistol...
    Title says it all, for a cheap gun you cannot beat it. It's not the most accurate, the trigger sucks, and some of the internals are plastic. Yet with that being said, it's a great beginner pistol and is accurat...e enough to feel safe with for defense usage. I have had mine for 3 years, and during that time it has been submerged in salt water, left in a truck over a range of single digit and triple digit degrees, covered in mud, etc. Some people knock the accuracy, and for sure the trigger does not help, but I have gotten used to it and can shoot a snake from 8 yards away with it. No major complaints on my end! more

    July 25, 2017
  • 100

    Love it!
    I purchased this as my first handgun and other than getting accustom to the trigger it works great. My daughter and I have shot very well with it. Since the trigger was such a pull I bought a trigger kit and had my to install it so now it has 5.5lbs and is a dream to shoot. more

    July 26, 2017
  • 80

    great gun for the money
    I bought this gun a week ago and was very pleased with it and the only down side was the magazine rattled a little bit but i found a way to fix that and if you wont a dependable firearm for a great price this is the one ...for you more

    July 12, 2017
  • 100

    Very Reliable
    I Bought this gun about a year ago. I have not had a single issue with it. No misfires. Very accurate. No complaints whatsoever.

    July 4, 2017
  • 80

    Great Value...
    I bought my gun about 4 months ago and the trigger was a bit hard to pull. So i changed over to a tactical trigger and now i love it even more. I've put about 1000 rounds thru it without any problems what so ever!! ...This is a great gun for all skill levels. And the price is right!! more

    June 26, 2017
  • 20

    Have problems with it jamming
    I have had my gun for two years I have nothing but problems with it... hate it!!

    June 7, 2017
  • 100

    Law enforcement
    I bought the gun about a year ago and I love it no problems so far. I work in law enforcement and if it wasn't for them making us y'all use the same guns this would be may service weapon. I shoot just fine with... it and I know trigger is a Little rough but you get use to it the more you shoot it. more

    May 24, 2017
  • 100

    So far it's AWESOME!!
    I bought this gun in April 2014, and have now put 1000 rounds through the gun. I have not had a single problem with this gun. No FTFs or FTEs, nothing. I trust this gun as much as a Glock. It is a super easy to shoot, an...d very accurate. I carry this gun, except during the hot months in Texas when I am pocketing a LCP. I would recommend it, especially for the price. more

    May 20, 2017
  • 80

    Good for the money.
    This is a good, but utilitarian, gun. It's reliable, functions with any decent ammunition, reasonably accurate and inexpensive. If you want more, you have to pay more. But remember: If all cars were Cadillacs, many ...would have to walk. more

    May 20, 2017
  • 100

    Everything you need!
    I got mine about two years ago at the local Academy. I have lost count of rounds that I have fired through it. I am up over 1000 easy. The only failures I have had were shooting some hand loads a friend cooked up that super dirty. Otherwise it has shot every brand of ammo I have put through it without issue. I have shot brass, steal, and aluminum cased rounds without issue. It shoots as accurately as I do. I can regularly tear a raged hole at 7 yards. My only real complaint is that extra mags for this thing are EXPENSIVE. I wanted a third mag and it ended up costing me $40. Other than that, I love my SD and I trust my life with it. more

    May 23, 2017
    JTown J
  • 100

    I purchased this SD9VE about a year ago and have put 600-800 rounds through it with no hick-ups. coming from a revolvers the trigger was not an issue and I recently purchased an XD9 about a month ago and beside getting to the trigger action on it I really can't tell the difference in accuracy they're both great guns more

    May 17, 2017
  • 80

    Great value gun.
    This gun is reliable and has taken every kind of ammo I've put through it without any issues. It shoots well and is definitely user friendly. It came with 2 magazines which is cool In my opinion however, the Smith i...s not as accurate as the gen4 Glock 19 (only by a small margin though). Also the glock feels much better in the hand. The magazines are not as easily put in when there's a round in the chamber (to make it 16+1). The reliability, ammo capacity, and price clearly make this gun a smart buy. This is a gun I'm willing to protect my family with. Usually you get what you pay for but somehow this gun gives more. more

    April 28, 2017
  • 20

    Very disappointed
    I got the pistol for Christmas and I hate it. The magazines rattle, the trigger is absolutely horrible and on top of that I can't make more than 3 shots without a jam.

    March 12, 2017
  • 100

    Economical and reliable!
    I have fired hundreds of rounds through my SD9VE without fail. The trigger pull is 8.25 ibs. and rather lengthy, however; there is no excuse to not fire a good course of fire. I have recommended it to several others for's accuracy, reliability and affordability. more

    March 11, 2017
  • 100

    Great buy!
    After reading the reviews on here I purchased this pistol this weekend. Fired 70 rounds without any issues. I was worried at first if the recoil of a 9mm would be too much for my wife and 2 boys, but was pleasantly surpr...ised that it wasn't that bad and that they handled it with no problems. The trigger being long was one of the main things that I saw in the other reviews, I do not see that as an issue. Feels really good in your hand! more

    March 5, 2017
  • 100

    A Very Nice Budget Pistol!
    When I bought and then shot my M&P Shield, I became sold on S&W products. This firearm I was a little on the fence about as a result of the price and it not being an M&P. I took a chance and bought it. Took i...n the range and absolutely fell in love with it. Shoots like a dream. Recoil is low and its accurate. Love that it comes with 2 high capacity magazines. The only complaints that I have with this firearm is that one of the magazines doesn't lock the slide open and the trigger is somewhat heavy. I plan to call Smith and Wesson about the magazine. The trigger I can live with for a little while. Ill most likely upgrade it. Pretty nice firearm. Great Price! more

    March 7, 2017
  • 100

    Handles my needs
    Bought this item for personal protection and have been nothing but satisfied with my purchase. It's light weight design and great price is outstanding.

    February 25, 2017
  • 100

    After researching 9mm caliber firearms this one high really good reviews. Made a trip to Academy to get a feel for the gun and it was a match. Immediately took it to the range to let off some rounds. I had no problems jams or misfires. The firearm came with two mags & 15+ 1 which is really nice. Originally hope to cc looking for a holster that will help minimize & conceal the size. The gun is easy to break down and clean. I honestly would recommend to anyone looking for an affordable and quality firearm with a great warranty. more

    February 4, 2017
  • 100

    The Glock Killer
    I have 2 of these, one stock and one tricked out with all the upgrades. I had a Glock 17 but sold it after buying this gun, don't get me wrong a Glock is a GREAT gun but I like this one better and it's 240.00 c...heaper. NEVER had any problem with either of them and they have had thousands of rounds through both of them. You will not go wrong buying one of these. more

    February 10, 2017
  • 100

    Perfect budget gun
    16+1 Basically a Glock clone Had it 4+ yrs. over 2000 rounds. Never skipped a beat.

    February 7, 2017
  • 100

    Great Gun
    I purchased this gun went straight to the range fired 150 shots, No jams No misloads. Trigger pull didnt bother me a lil longer pull/release than I like but was not bad enough to make me think anything bad about this gun.... If you need a simple gun that is good for self defense or a cheaper gun for a play toy to fire off rounds with Then this should be your gun if you are looking for a competition pistol then look elsewhere more

    January 30, 2017
    Ray A
  • 100

    Great gun
    This is a great self defense gun. You can not beat it for the price. I've had mine for three months now and have nothing negative to say. I've shot several different types of ammo and had zero problems (shot at... least 400 rounds). I would recommend it to anyone. more

    December 30, 2016
  • 100

    Great Pistol
    I bought this pistol a year ago and have shot it several times. I think for the money this is a great pistol.

    December 21, 2016
  • 100

    Great gun
    I read the reviews and watched videos . Everyone was right . Excellent gun , well worth the money . 16 round magazines . You won't go wrong with this . Breaks down like a glock , inside looks exactly the same . It f...eels better in my hand than a glock . Highly recommend . Emptied a magazine fast with some cheap ammo , no problems. more

    December 24, 2016
    Bubba T
  • 100

    Great Gun
    Just got mind today so far so good run a mags no problems

    December 23, 2016
  • 100

    Such a great gun! Read this real review
    This was the best purchase in regards to guns that I own. Here is break down if you are looking in regards to purchasing this firearm. 1) Stainless steel slide is nice to have versus a blued slide. 2) Two 15 round chrome... magazines, some guns just come with one. 3) The ammo price ratio is great, and you have many 9mm brands to choose from, I have had no issues with any brand of ammo that I have shot yet. 4) The trigger is NOT that heavy at all. I don't know why guys have a problem with the trigger. You DO NOT have to install the apex trigger kit. Again, if you looking at buying this gun, BUY IT.. it's worth it. There is a video by the popular YouTube individual Hicok45 and he shows what this firearm is capable of. 5) If you gave me a lot of money to buy the best 9mm glock, or buy two of these guns.. I would buy this firearm hands down.. it's just that good. Happy Holidays to all! more

    December 3, 2016
  • 100

    Awsome gun
    Purchased this pistol about 4 minths ago probly my best investment

    December 1, 2016
  • 100

    Great reliable gun
    I have owned the sd9ve for a little over a year and love everything about it. The gun has never given me any trouble with ftf or fte. It has functioned exactly as advertised for over 1500 rounds that I have put through i...t. I did a lot of research on this gun before purchasing it and was worried that a gun at this price point might have some issues. There were some complaints about the trigger that I found in my research but I actually really like the trigger. It is smooth and breaks clean. I liked this gun so much I got the sd40ve as well. At $300 there is no better value. I would encourage everyone to purchase this firearm. Great first gun or fun gun for the experienced marksman. more

    November 6, 2016
  • 80

    Smooth Gun
    I like it. It fits great in my hand and is a lightweight pistol. The front of the gun pops up when you shoot because it is light. However, not much recoil. The only downside for me is that the gun does not have a safety ...on it so I wouldn't keep it loaded and laying around the house. more

    October 24, 2016
  • 100

    Dependable and Affordable.
    A stainless gun with 2 mags made in the USA for around $300. My dad and I purchased 2 of these a year ago. I have been carrying mine for about 8 months every day in a raw dog. For the price it's hard to beat. The tr...igger isn't great but apex sells a kit to get it on point. more

    October 23, 2016
  • 100

    happy with purchase,works great,good value for the price

    October 21, 2016
  • 80

    16 rounds? Not as advertised
    I've tried loading both magazines that came with this gun and they WILL NOT hold 16 rounds. 15 is no problem. I've purchased a speed loader to see if it'll help load the 16th one in both magazines. I have ...not fired the gun yet. I will update when I do. The grip feels cheap and the sights are cheap too. more

    October 20, 2016
    Patrick Eline
  • 100

    Bought this about a month ago and it works great . Everyone at Academy was very helpful. I suggest you all check em out !!

    October 19, 2016
    Fruit healer
  • 100

    Good Action Great Price
    Clean shooting gun. I have run over 800 rounds through it without a jam. Excellent gun for the price would recommend to anyone.

    October 17, 2016
  • 80

    Great for protection, mediocre at the range.
    I bought this pistol about a year ago and it fires every time - clean and dirty. It is a great gun for home defense, but that's about all you'll want to use it for. It's heavy and bulky, so if you're ...looking for a conceal & carry weapon, I'd go with something a little smaller/more compact. The 16-round mags are great, but they do add quite a bit of weight when full. It's not the most accurate pistol and it is rather snappy. There's quite the length of pull, which can be tricky. Otherwise, this is a great gun. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a home defense weapon. I would not recommend it, though, to someone looking to carry and/or looking for a range-going pistol. more

    October 11, 2016
  • 100

    Smith and Wesson SD9 VE 9mm
    I bought this gun along with ammo on the 4th of July 2016 before the Elections and I'm glad that I did. Great gun, shoots all types of 9mm ammo, easy to clean and lube at a great price, American made and comes with ...a super warranty. Took it to the range and had no surprises, ate all kinds of different brands of 9mm without any problems. looking to buy the S&W MP22 Compact for the wife next. more

    October 10, 2016
  • 60

    Decent for The Money But Not Recommended
    This gun was defective out of the box and it's a common issue that many people are having. I don't mind a lower quality product for this price but I do expect a firearm that is functionally sound.

    October 8, 2016
  • 100

    Best Bang for the Buck
    Absolutely a great buy. My first handgun purchase. The trigger needs a little break in time but after 800 rounds and a Polish on the's good to go. Recoil, what recoil, My 15 year old daughter shot with no pr...oblems. All in all a great gun. more

    October 10, 2016
  • 100

    Great gun for the price
    Bought this gun a couple months ago. Put about 150 rounds through it so far. Not the most accurate, but not too bad off. Very reliable, very affordable. I'm pleased with it.

    October 9, 2016
  • 100

    Great gun for the price!
    I bought this gun when went in to buy a shield. Saw this on sale for $299 and had to have it. I've put about 300 rounds through it and oeats whatever you feed it. I added a trigger spring kit to it which reduced the... pull to around 4.5 lbs. In it just gets better and better. more

    September 29, 2016
  • 100

    Great fun gun
    Bought this gun about a month ago and it has been a lot of fun. It will shoot steel case, brass case, it doesn't seem to matter how cheap or expensive, it will fire it all. Will not jam (in my experience with it). I... tried everything to cause it to jam but it just keeps cycling round after round. I love that it comes with two magazines, make it easier to empty a clip, exchange mags and keep going. Would recommend highly for anyone who wants a great, reliable, affordable 9mm. more

    September 26, 2016
  • 100

    Great Gun for the money!
    This is pistol is fun to shoot. After shooting about 300 rounds and giving it a good cleaning, the gun shot a lot smoother and more accurate. It's super easy to break down and clean.

    September 24, 2016
  • 40

    This SD9VE has not hot yet since I buy. SEE, NOT STRAIGHT!!

    September 14, 2016
  • 100

    Fire when ready
    I bought this gun on 14 September 2016. Fired a combination of rounds; ball, hollow point, and subsonic ammo and it all came out screaming without any hiccups. I love this gun, it didn't cost me an arm and a leg to ...purchase it. Great buy. more

    September 15, 2016
    The angry chinaman
  • 100

    Great gun for the value
    I bought this gun a little over a month ago. I have put about 400 rounds through it and have had no issues. Easy to break down. Heavier trigger pull but overall very happy with this gun

    September 15, 2016
  • 100

    Excellent quality!
    Excellent gun! Comfortable, shoots great. Price is unbeatable. Underpriced, in my opinion.

    July 29, 2016
  • 100

    Poor man's Glock
    GREAT gun at a fraction of the Glock price. Never had an issue with mine, and love the 16 +1 feature. Not too heavy and the safety is in the trigger. Worth every penny. Comes in .40 too.

    July 17, 2016
  • 100

    Awesome Gun
    I bought this 6 months go. No issues. Great pistol.

    July 10, 2016
  • 100

    Light weight & easy to handle
    I bought this pistol ( S&W 9mm ) six months ago and have shot about 250 to 300 rounds, this gun is great!! Thinking about purchasing the .40 caliber.

    July 11, 2016
    Mr Bee
  • 80

    A lot of gun for the money!
    This was my first hand gun purchase, and it's turned out to be an excellent choice. I suppose the SD will always fight the "Sigma stigma" but if you evaluate it for what it is, you'll find a solid, re...liable, smooth-running hand gun, and a tremendous value. After almost a thousand rounds, it has never failed to fired or eject, regardless of ammo, and it's stupid-easy to break down and clean. There isn't anything I can say about the trigger that hasn't been said about every other striker-fire trigger out there, It may be a lack of experience on my part, but I have no problem operating the trigger at all. My only complaints about the gun are one: the takedown bar is hard to get a grip on, and two: the grip is fat and smooth. I feel like the gun rotates in my hand and I need to reset my grip with each shot. Make no mistake, this is a full-size pistol! more

    July 6, 2016
  • 100

    A Best Kept Secret & Great Value
    Built on the notorious Sigma, this gun is on a different plateau. Looks like a Glock, same weight, breakdown and clone-like. Doesn't have the former's reputation, but at half the price, it merits more than a qu...ick glance. It is balanced, comfortable, has great sights and it is accurate. As a bonus, it has gone through cheap and regular priced ammo with no incidents to report. Time is a factor in growing comfortable with a new handgun. With practice, even the publicized critiques of the trigger demonstrates that past issues have resulted in significant improvements with the sd9ve. On the same shopping trip, pick up a custom sleeve for better grip control. more

    July 8, 2016
  • 100

    great for the price
    I picked mine up over a year ago. Never a feeding problem. It has a 8# trigger for a reason, its the guns safety. that said it will take practice to get use to it. It will never be like a single action. For a $300 gun an...d S&W warranty you cant go wrong. more

    June 23, 2016
  • 100

    My first handgun
    I bought this gun about a year from academy in sheverport Louisiana since I ha it I have put 800+ rounds threw it and it never jammed once this is one of the best handguns to buy at such a low price I recommend the gun t...o any first Time handgun buyers or somebody just looking to buy a gun you will never have a problem out of it since I had it I've had a custom make extended clip made for it and put a Laser sight on it this is one of the best handguns s&w has ever made, it would make a good travel gun on just every day gun. more

    June 23, 2016
    Lil Hamp
  • 100

    Superb Reliability & Accurate w Trigger Control
    Wow this thing has never malfunctioned, not once. I went 500+ rounds (from the first shot ever) without cleaning it and it never had so much as a hickup. Finally, I decided I was neglecting it and I did clean it after Basically, the 500 round dirty abuse was simply a test and it passed with flying colors. Trigger control is something you will NEED TO WORK ON with this gun. Even if you are proficient with double action revolvers, this thing has got a funky trigger. I learned my own little technique and when I go to classes with this gun I always show the instructor and they find it surprisingly effective. If you buy this new you will experience some muzzle flip but it will eventually subside after maybe 300 rounds. It is a slow process but it will get there. For the record, I put through this some good ammo like HyperClean, some moody aluminum cased stuff, Georgia Arms reloads, dirty bottom barrel ammo, hollow points, and who knows what else. Never a single issue from the gun or magazines. In my eyes, this SD9VE is essentially a duty pistol you could rely upon to function without question. more

    June 21, 2016
  • 100

    A great gun at $100 more!
    Just crossed 1000 rounds. Never ONE ftf/fte, NOTHING! Shocked. Light as a feather, very accurate (well, as accurate as I am anyway, I know it'snot a match pistol), easy to disassemble/clean. I wouldn't say it&#...039;s a great 1st gun only because the recoil is more than a heavier 9mm. But a a full size concealed carry it's hard to beat. I shoot a buddies Glock some, and I like the SD9VE better. The Glock kicks less, but weighs more, and it's angle feels odd. more

    June 23, 2016
  • 100

    Great Gun!
    I bought this as my first handgun. After shooting approximately 600 rounds through this gun it only jammed once. I am pretty should that jam was causes by my grip not being good enough.

    June 16, 2016
  • 100

    Like the gun
    Shoots great and I like it because less recoil and every than I shoot before

    June 9, 2016
  • 80

    It is simply, a steal!!
    This has got to be the best pistol deal ever. Big time name brand company, great quality pistol. Great for self defense, home defense, or just the shooting range. $289.99 is ridicules

    June 7, 2016
  • 100

    Very Reliable! Fires any 9mm round in the store!
    I've run about 700+ rounds through this pistol, some shooting for accuracy, and other for speed at close distance. It has fired flawlessly and accurately. I have used just about every ammo Academy stocks, and other places as well, without a single jam. I love the ease of teardown and cleaning. Excellent weapon at a great price. Do hesitate to purchase one! more

    June 2, 2016
  • 100

    Affordable, great ccw
    I bought this as my first gun, and ccw. It is small enough for ccw. I love shooting it, I have put nearly 1000 rounds through, it has a really heavy trigger pull, i think its like a 8 or 8.5 lb trigger pull. I have gotte...n used to it, it has a slight kick because of this. I wanted the springfield xd service, but only had enough to buy this. I do not regret it at all its a great gun, easy to clean easy to field strip, easy to handle. for $25 you can get a new trigger that lowers it to like 4lb trigger pull. still a great gun. I love that it hold 16+1 more

    May 27, 2016
  • 100

    Great gun for the price
    I bought this gun about a year ago, I hadn't posted a review because I was waiting to take to the range a few times and see just how well it functioned. I am very pleased to say that after about 500 rounds it has he...ld up amazingly, I'm glad I made this my first firearm not to mention the price, you can't beat it. It's easy to shoot and clean, it doesn't have manuel safety, but honestly just don't put your finger on the trigger till ready to shoot, or don't load until ready to use simple. A lot of people write about the trigger pull being to heavy, but personally I don't think it's an issue. My girlfriend liked it and she is 5'5 119 lbs. and she could handle it fine even though she feels comfortable with something a little bit smaller. So if anyone is considering this firearm I highly recommend it weather it be just to go to the range for fun or for home defense. more

    May 23, 2016
    MrLee 13
  • 100

    Love it!
    Been waiting to purchase this for awhile. A new shooter and enjoying this baby!

    May 17, 2016
    9 Mil
  • 100

    Awesome value gun
    My wife has had hers for almost 6 months and ran close to 4000 rounds through it with out one problem. Very dependable just did an apex trigger swap to drop the pull for her. She loves it and it's very accurate righ...t out of the box. Highly recommend. more

    May 14, 2016
  • 100

    Great Gun
    I bought this gun about a year ago been thru 500+ rounds without a glich

    May 13, 2016
  • 60

    Check your sights before leaving the store
    So this is my second review. I love that the gun works flawlessly, however I hate the plastic rear sight and I finally figured out that my aim was off because my sights weren't sighted in and my front sight was slig...htly off center. Now I've gotta figure out how to get this thing adjusted and I'm just not sure what to do. Also the guide rod on this thing is plastic. So to wrap up this review I would have s&w fix a few things: darn plastic sights, darn miss adjusted front sight, and the darn plastic guide rod. Frustrated owner. more

    April 23, 2016
  • 100

    Great Gun
    This is a great gun for the price. It shoots great and straight. I have not had any problems with this gun at all...

    April 19, 2016
  • 100

    Had several the last 20 years.
    I purchase my SD 9 last month; Have had several sigma series type pistols 20 years now and still superb; If you can get pass the strong trigger pull, you will be alright. EXCELLENT Weapon.

    April 21, 2016
    US Navy 89
  • 100

    Great Gun haven't miss fired once put 400 roundsv
    I bought 2 years ago use for all carry Great for target practice

    April 16, 2016
  • 100

    Absolutely love this gun. After i bought mine, i have went to the range much more often to practice. So much fun, Never had an issue with malfunctioning. I can shoot anything through it. Steel, brass, or aluminum, and it... just eats it all. Extremely accurate and the 16+1 capability is just awesome for open carry. As a small framed female it is hard to conceal, but i have been able to do so on occasion with the right outfit. Also. slide just glides. Easy to take apart and clean and the price is unbelievable! I have recommended this gun to multiple of my friends and even people i dont know. Academy's staff at the gun counter did a wonderful job helping me make my decision. more

    April 22, 2016
  • 100

    Great price. Excellent fit. Looks good.
    Received as gift. Recommended by friend. Haven't made it to range yet. Can't wait to run some rounds thru it.

    April 11, 2016
    Todd in Texas
  • 100

    Best Bang For Your Buck Hands Down
    Simple. Reliable. Workhorse. Bought this gun from Academy two years ago, and have been beyond pleased. Put more rounds than I can count through it with no misfires, jams, or problems. Very accurate, comes back on target ...quickly, fits my hand perfectly, great magazine capacity. Bought a laser for it, rail is perfect. Trigger takes a little getting used to, but for $300, it's great. I've shot with friends who have pistols worth twice what this one sells for, and they like the feel of the SD9 better. I've battered this gun and it's held up fine. more

    April 5, 2016
    Alaskan Fishing Guide
  • 100

    Great gun . I love it and about 7 others
    love my new gun and took it out yesterday with my Brother ,my sister and their daughters and son . They all shot it . My brother has a glock and few others but he like it and said it shoots good .I was hitting my targets... at 30 or more yards like clock work and no problems . more

    April 3, 2016
    Double D D
  • 100

    Great value
    This was my second firearm purchase. I also have a shield. In all honesty I like this one better. I have a glock 19 and they are very similar. The glock is a little more user friendly but this a great gun as well...and y...ou can't beat the price! more

    April 2, 2016
    Redhead tiff
  • 80

    Great pistol for the money.
    Good pistol for the price. Wish it had a safety though

    April 5, 2016
    Mr MDR
  • 100

    My first gun...great choice!
    I've had this gun for a couple of years now. I bought it from Academy and it was the very first gun I ever bought. It has held up very well and has never jammed or misfired and it has eaten through everything i'...;ve shot through it. it's the perfect weight and fits my hand perfectly and it doesn't hardly kick at all and it's very accurate. definitely recommend this one if you want a great gun for a steal of a price! more

    March 28, 2016
  • 80

    Wonderful Gun for a Woman
    I am a big fan of my gun. It is beautiful and very easy to use. Not too difficult to pull the slide back. Fits very comfortably in my hand and isn't very heavy. The recoil isn't too bad but you should definitel...y hold the gun with both hands while shooting. Not too terribly loud either. I carry it with me at all times in my car. It is however a bit too big to conceal on you. The only thing that I do not like about the gun, is that it doesn't have a real safety. The safety is in the trigger but I prefer one on the side that I can move up and down. But over all... A great gun! I am a 5'8, 140 pound woman and its perfect for me. I would say someone that weighs less and is much shorter may want to choose a smaller pistol. more

    March 19, 2016
  • 100

    Smooth, well balanced
    I've had this gun for two years now and have ran about 500 rounds through it of all mfgs...even the cheap Russian steel 115 gr...absolutely no issues. No jams, no misfires. Very accurate.

    March 5, 2016
  • 100

    Good Value
    I have had this gun for over a year, ,I must say that I really like it ,,Even better than my Glock 19,, It shoots very well and I carry it most of the time,,I have put a lot of rounds through it and no misfires, ,Cant go... wrong with this gun,, more

    March 1, 2016
    Bluedog 77
  • 100

    EXCELLENT Gun For The Price!
    I don't normally write reviews on things I purchase but I felt the need to on this for anyone who is on the fence about purchasing this hand gun. I own a Glock 19 9mm, a Glock 17 9mm and a S&W M&P 9mm and paid all in the range of 450.00 to 500.00, and I was in the market for something new, I have always purchased my guns from a local gun shop until Academy Sports opened, so I decided to check out their guns, after looking at several 9mm I came across the S&W SD9 selling for $299.00! asking to see the gun, it actually felt like it was made for my hand, actually, it felt better then my Glock 19. The SD9 was so similar to my Glock but for half the cost, so don't let the price fool you, it is not a cheaply made gun by any means, Smith & Wesson did their home work on this gun and put out a quality made gun for gun owners at a budget price tag...Thank You S&W! So I didn't hesitate any longer and I purchased it, and I'm so glad I did. A few days later I went to the shooting range with a friend of mine who is a retired police officer, after going thru 100 rounds the gun did not misfire, no jams, nothing, it shot as good if not better then my Glock! Yes the trigger gets some getting used to, but trust me, it will get better in time, but I didn't have any issues...One thing I did notice, its better not to try and totally fill your magazine to capacity, just like my Glock keep one or two bullets out, and you wont have any problems with it jamming. I let my friend shoot it, he liked it so much we left the range and headed to Academy so he could purchase one! All in All, for the Price, The Quality, and made by S&W you wont and cant go wrong with this gun. more

    February 17, 2016
  • 100

    Great Gun
    I would suggest this gun to anyone. I was really wanting to get a Glock, but there wasn't one available every time I went to the local Academy. I finally decided to purchase this one instead of waiting. After gettin...g out and shooting this gun today I have no regret. Breakdown and cleaning the gun was very easy. I am in love with this pistol. My only complaint is the grip and it is hard getting 16 rounds in the magazine. That isn't anything that would change my rating though. I ordered a Pachmayr slip on Tactical Grip so I am sure that will fix my problem with the grip. With the Glock only holding 15 I don't feel like I'm losing anything especially for 200 dollars less. more

    February 5, 2016
  • 100

    Fantastic gun if you start without bias
    The 1 and 2 star reviews all sound like user errors. I took a chance on this, and it really paid off-- I absolutely love it. It isn't as smooth as the M&P editions, but if you don't go in with any expectati...ons, you'll be pleasantly surprised. I fed about 400 rounds and counting without a jam. Monarch 9mm brass jackets feed like a DREAM. No recoil, and very consistent. If you feed cheap ammo, you're going to fire erratically. The first 100 rounds were wild, but my guess was right about needing to break it in. The trigger pull isn't too bad. more

    February 8, 2016
  • 80

    Great For The Price
    I would suggest the gun to any first time buyer. Can't beat the price! I have put about about 1,000 rounds through it so far and have had minimal problems. Really easy to field strip and clean. The trigger pull is a... bit heavy. You really have to mean it. But, over all it is a nice gun for the price. I great starter gun for those who aren't ready to put the money into a M&P or Glock. more

    January 31, 2016
  • 100

    Great gun....awesome for the price
    I purchased the sd9ve from academy about 2 months ago. Gave $369 taxes, background ch eck, and de Cantis CC holster all included. Since my purchase I have ran several rounds of varying quality ammo through this gun. shoots stuff my Sig wont. Ran low budget steel case through +P+ 125 grain cor bon thru it and not a single hang up or misfire. I love it so much that 3 of my friends have now purchased one and they feel the same way. If you want something that goes bang every time. This is your gun...on the downside....plastic trigger and recoil rod are not desired but for the price and ease of replacement for these parts it is a must to have. This IS my carry weapon. more

    January 17, 2016
  • 100

    Great Pistol
    I just put about 80 rounds through this for the 1st time... 50 Federal Champion Aluminum casing and about 30 Winchester in the white box. I had no problems what so ever. No ftf, fte or anything. The only complaint I have... is that some of the hot brass would fly back at your face from tme to time but for the most part it would go right. I would highly recommend this if you are looking for a "budget" gun. more

    January 22, 2016
  • 100

    Excellent Pistol
    I bought this pistol last week and finally made it to the range today. Ran 200 rounds of 115 gr Winchester, Aguila, and Blazer through it no FTFs, ran 50 rounds of 124 gr Aguila through no problem, ran some Hornady 135 g...r defense rounds through it no issues. It ate everything I put through it. Thus far, with over 300 rounds through the SD9VE, I am very happy with my purchase. more

    January 7, 2016
  • 100

    400 rounds and counting
    Bought this gun before Christmas, have been shooting it every saturday since then and its been great. No problems, shot steel and brass through it. I have shot monarch, and other brand of ammo. For the price you can not ...beat it and also I do not mind the trigger I find it easy to pull and while it is long you know when you hit it. more

    January 5, 2016
  • 100

    One of the best in it's class.
    I was looking for a 9mm between 200 and 300 dollars. This seemed to fit the bill. The extra magazine and being made in the USA are what made it worth the 20.00 jump in price from the Taurus G2. I didn't find the tri...gger all that heavy. I have no trouble hitting a 6" circle at 20 yards. I have almost 100 rounds through it without a hiccup, including some cheap steel cased bullets. The slide, mag release, and trigger all work well, and they should smooth out even more as I run more ammo through it. It's definitely on the large side for CCW. I will likely need bigger pants to carry this IWB. That being said, I prefer a larger gun because they fit my hands better and I feel more confident with it. Disassembly is easy and no tools are required. It had a perfect amount of lube from the factory. I've read other reviews that show 2000 rounds with no malfunctions or abnormal wear. more

    January 11, 2016
  • 100

    Awesome gun
    Shot it a couple days after purchased and shot 150 rounds without a hiccup! Gun was accurate and fun to shoot. Only downside is the trigger have to pull pull pull! Thinking about getting the $20 trigger adjust...ment to equate it to a glocks trigger pull! more

    December 27, 2015
  • 20

    Bought the gun on January 1st. January 2nd took it to the gun range and it kept jamming. Changed ammo and it was still jamming.

    December 28, 2015
  • 80

    For the Price !!!!!
    I bought this a year ago. I have put 650 rounds through it with only 6 jams. For the price I am going to by the .40.

    December 25, 2015
  • 100

    Great gun for price and function
    Bought my SD9VE last April and put several hundred rounds through it in the first few months. Gun is very accurate and achieved 5" cluster at 20 yds after a couple visits to the range. Negative reviews on accuracy m...ost likely from inexperienced owners. Easy to breakdown and clean for ensuring proper operation. Awesome gun for basic target and personal/home protection. Can't beat the price of $299 on sale. more

    December 29, 2015
  • 100

    s and w 9mm sd9ve
    bought this gun in 9mm great gun for a great price shoots great an field strips easy

    December 18, 2015
  • 100

    Good enough to qualify
    I bought this gun in October and put about 200 rounds through it before going to the CHL class and qualified using it no problems, no jams or FTF's

    December 17, 2015
    Young Texan123
  • 60

    Good Gun for 1st Timers
    Bought this as my first gun and I really liked it. I have run probably 600-800 rounds through it and all kinds of different ammo and only had a couple misfeeds. I am pretty sure the springs in my magazines are getting to...o loose because I am having more frequent misfeeds and sometimes when the clip is empty it won't lock in position to let you know you are empty. Then I bought a Glock and fell in love. This S&W isn't even a close comparison to my Glock 27. S&W accuracy isn't even close to my Glock. Overall decent first gun but would never recommend this to someone who is a regular or avid shooter. Spend the money and get something better. If you are getting in to guns and want to learn this could be the gun for you. If you find out you like shooting you will end up with something better in the long run more

    December 11, 2015
  • 100

    I love this gun!
    I recently got my CCW permit and began looking for a weapon. I had always owned revolvers prior to this purchase so I did a lot of research. I liked the Glock's but for a first time purchase and carry I didn't ...want to spend that kind of money and I'm glad I didn't. I paid 289.00 for the SD9 at Academy during black Friday week and quite frankly I can't imagine any gun performing any better than this one has for me, no matter the price. I love it. It's comfortable in my hand, easy to take apart and clean and very accurate and I've had no failures of any kind on the range and I've been shooting it once or twice a week since I got it. more

    December 12, 2015
  • 100

    Great gun
    This gun is awesome , I was curious and read some of the negative review and a few (there are only like 5 on this page ) were ridiculous , the one that caught my eye was the one discussing the recoil spring . The stock i...n is plastic so I did spend the thirty bucks for a steel one , besides that the gun is flawless . Have put over 1000 rounds through it of all brands and types and have never had any issues . It is slim enough to conceal in my waist with a IWB holster and is very accurate . Great gun and American made . more

    December 7, 2015
  • 100

    Utility gun
    I bought one several years ago and have shot hundreds of rounds through it. I only had a few ftf . this is not what I would consider a target gun. The trigger has a long stiff pull and creeps a bit. I take it with me whi...le hunting for self protection. It lives on my night stand for home security. My wife can shoot it more accurately than I can. If you want a good simple gun for self protection at a price that won't break the bank this is it. more

    November 30, 2015
  • 20

    Good for a paperweight
    I was done wrong they sold me a broken gun by Smith and Wesson

    November 13, 2015
  • 100

    Great gun!
    We purchased this gun last year for home protection. It is very nice and we were pleased with the value. The gun is just a classic buy a great long standing brand.

    October 26, 2015
  • 100

    Great for self defense
    Great price for a self defense firearm. They took the best of the last two S&W and made this one better. Good fit on the hand very nice looking. Very light and well made. Find the trigger very smooth, use a few times... at the rage and very light, easy to use love the three dot eye sight. You can add the lazer attachment very easy. Final word is magnificent. more

    October 23, 2015
  • 60

    Ok for the price
    Not a bad gun for the price. Not very accurate though. But is pretty smooth

    October 23, 2015
  • 80

    Worth the price!
    I've had this gun for 4 months now, and really enjoy shooting it. Good accuracy, and worth the money.

    October 21, 2015
  • 100

    Great gun
    Perfect for home defense. Light and easy for my wife to use if need be

    October 19, 2015
  • 80

    Great Functional Pistol for the Price
    The Sigma is a reliable, accurate semi-automatic pistol with a four inch barrel. The trigger pull was heavy when first purchased. But an easy search online brings up a way to make the trigger pull manageable. I've this firearm for four years and it has delivered every time on the range. The four inch barrel provides decent accurate compared to other handguns this size. Overall, it's an economic, reliable beginner's handgun great for training and for the range. more

    October 18, 2015
  • 100

    Reliable weapon, fires everytime!
    I bought this gun over 2 years ago, what I like the most is when I pull the trigger it fires! the trigger pull is just right and in a real life situation that is about just right. Easy to clean and the longer barrel my rounds on target. No one can beat the price. Thank you, Im going to the range. more

    October 17, 2015
  • 100

    Great Buy!!
    I bought this gun 3 weeks ago and have gone shooting frequently and have had no problem with it. Light weight, amazing accuracy.

    October 16, 2015
  • 100

    Excelent Carry Gun
    I bought this firearm at Acadamy Sports 6 months ago because I had one about a year ago but sold it. I finally got to the range to break it in. Ran about 250 rounds of different ammo including Military Ballistics, Geco, ...Independence FMJ and HP, Magtech, without a single failure. This eats just about any ammo and is an excellent firearm to use for home defense or concealed carry. It's a little heavier and larger than most ccw guns, but not so much that you can't carry concealed. . I just got a new Alien Gear Kydex paddle holster which will make carrying easier than the cheap two layer holster I have been using. I also bought the metal slide pin and 20 lb. spring kit that I will replace soon. Next will be the trigger kit to lower the trigger pull weight. more

    October 12, 2015
  • 100

    Great Features
    It is was a good purchase I recommend it for Defense and best of all that come accessories for her.

    October 4, 2015
    Tom 01
  • 80

    Good Product
    Purchased 5 months ago, good handling, easy cleaning, and easy adjustments.

    October 6, 2015
  • 100

    Great gun for the price- Home defense + 1
    Good grips for both my wife and I. Holds plenty of ammo for those who might miss. Does not take much to pull the trigger. All and all one of the best priced for product. Go to store and handle it and make the decision fo...r yourself. more

    September 29, 2015
    sloth retailer
  • 100

    1st 9MM And its Pleasure to Shoot.
    Bought Mine 3 Months Ago Have 600 Rounds Through it Now Did the Apex Trigger Pull Reduction Kit Myself. Very Nice Shooting Pistol Fun at the Range wish I would have Bought one Sooner. Easy and Simple to Clean a Great Val...ue. more

    September 28, 2015
  • 100

    Great Value in a 9MM semi-automatic
    I bought this pistol at Academy a few months ago. I LOVE it. I have had no problems so far. It has fired all kinds of ammo from the cheapest up to the good stuff with NO problems. I would recommend this firearm to anyone.... I carry it every day. more

    August 28, 2015
  • 100

    Great gun for the price
    I've had this gun for about 6 months. No problems what so ever. Shoots great, feels good in my hands. Great starter gun.

    August 21, 2015
  • 40

    Not made for daily carry
    Bought this in October 2015. Knew it had a heavy trigger when purchased but with a $20 spring kit that is no longer an issue. My problem is rust. Gun started rusting on the slide near the rear scallops. Its been a hot su...mmer and some days we have no ac in our trucks. Sweat and moisture just eat this thing up. Mine gets cleaned weekly and wiped down daily after a 10-15hr shift in a hot armoured car. Accuracy is a bit of an issue as well. With a rented M&P full sized I can get tight center groupings but this tends to be low left consistently. Overall I guess you get what you pay for. Range and personal home protection it has a purpose but doesnt make for a good duty carry in my opinion. more

    August 9, 2015
  • 100

    Awesome Handgun at a great price!
    Purchased the SD9VE when it was on special buy at $279.99! Let me just say even at regular price of 319.99, you will not find a better shooting or preforming gun for the price! I was really impressed with the overall per...formance of this gun. Its a glock replica and it shoots just as good for almost half the price. It fit my hand better and was lighter than my glock. So, I now use this as my concealed carry weapon. After shooting over 500 rounds with no flaws what so ever, I would trust this gun with my life. more

    July 1, 2015
    Bullseye Broom
  • 80

    Value Self Defense Gun
    Purchased this gun with a self defense weapon in mind. For the price it is a very affordable and reliable option. As others have stated the trigger pull on the gun is about 8-9 lbs and pretty heavy. If you have this gun mind as something to target shoot with you should probably look elsewhere. If you are looking for a self-defense weapon that is reliable and affordable, that you can take to the range and practice with every now and then, and you will keep tucked away for that just in case moment, then this is the right gun. Have put about 500-600 rounds of all different kinds of ammo through mine with no mechanical issues. 4 stars because of heavy trigger pull. more

    June 29, 2015
  • 100

    Very Impressed!
    I decided to buy this gun about a month ago after doing countless hours of research. So far, I have put about 500 rounds through it and I love it! One of the things that continually arose in my research was the 8lb. trig...ger pull. Do not let this deter you! I have been shooting for about a year, and in that time, I've probably shot over 50 different types of guns (of all calibers and makes). This is my first owned firearm and I have no issues with it. The ONLY thing I do not like is the trigger safety. I understand why they did it since this is a home defense gun, but the safety mechanism isn't very substantial. I find it fairly difficult to pull the trigger and not deactivate the safety. For the money, This gun cannot be beaten. It shoots great, has an accessory rail, and feel amazing in my hand. The guys at my store were awesome with my purchase. I went in there with the intention on just looking at it and ended up walking out with it. more

    June 19, 2015
  • 100

    Handles very well, I like the way it fits my hand.
    This was purchased for home defense. It really handles great.

    June 15, 2015
  • 100

    Awesome experience
    I'm so thankful for being able to get this pistol for my home defense. It has done me well and of course the staff pointed me in the right direction. This pistol is one that I always use especially when out at the r...anch and needing something for self defense. more

    June 15, 2015
  • 100

    Great piece & price!
    I just bought it and fired off 200 rounds at the range today. We absolutely love this piece. It's a great gun for a great price.

    June 8, 2015
    Ten Man
  • 80

    Great value and reliable.
    I bought this gun recently and I'm surprised by the quality for the price. The things keeping me from giving 5 stars is the polymer guide rod and heavy trigger pull, but these can be fixed by buying an aftermarket s...teel guide rod and trigger spring kit. more

    May 24, 2015
    John Smith
  • 100

    I love it now that it's broken in
    I'm a "late middle age" woman who's been shooting since I was 7 years old, when I bought a BB gun with my allowance. I've owned about a dozen handguns over the years and always managed to find so...mething wrong with them. One of the things I figured out was that even though they're more high maintenance I strongly prefer semi autos to revolvers. They're just more fun. A couple of years ago I bought a Taurus 709 slim used at a gun show. It jammed repeatedly. For the next year I borrowed about a dozen weapons from a police officer friend. One of those was the .40 mm version of this weapon. That was it. I bought the 9mm at the Academy in Bossier City, LA. it was on sale but I'd have paid full price. It's a solid gun that has never jammed. I did have a minor issue with recoil but I added a grip pad from the local firing range and adjusted my grip. BTW, I went to a local gun show recently and it was a joke. Prices were outrageous. Academy is my gun shop! But back to this fantastic weapon--it's not going anywhere! I've recently acquired a Beretta Neos for cheap fun target shooting and I will soon add a conceal carry gun but the SDVE stays in my arsenal. more

    May 20, 2015
  • 100

    S&W SD9
    After applying a Talon rubber grip to eliminate the plastic toy gun feel, I went from somewhat pleased to very pleased with the gun. I've shot 200-300 rounds with no issues at all.

    May 8, 2015
  • 100

    I bought mine about a year ago and no problems. I have put 500 rounds through it and mostly the cheapest ammo with no problems. It does have a high trigger pull but even my wife who is a novice did just fine. Cleaning is... easy, and once broken in even loading the mag fully is no problem. more

    April 13, 2015
  • 100

    Excellent low cost pistol
    Don't let the gun snobs fool you. The SD9VE and the SD40VE are excellent low cost pistols. Smith & Wesson are to be commended for the quality of this product. It is a basic pistol, yes. But, straight out of the, it fired a tight target grouping and has held up after several hundred rounds of ammunition. It is light and very concealable. If you want a cost-effective, self-defense pistol: this is your cheapest buy. more

    April 12, 2015
  • 100

    would buy again even if higher priced
    not cheaply made at all....great price and a darn fine shooting hangun,that will eat any ammo it's fed...will be getting another one for a nightstand gun

    March 31, 2015
  • 60

    Worst trigger action ever!
    Don't waste your money on this pistol. The trigger pull is 10 Lbs and it doesn't get any better after 500 rounds. spend an extra $100 and get a much better gun. Not good for home defense or anything else for matter. more

    March 29, 2015
  • 100

    Great feel!
    Bought this a week ago at Academy for $299. Great feeling gun and great price. For self defense and the price, this is the gun to buy!

    March 27, 2015
  • 100

    Well made, high capacity, reliable pistol.
    I caught this on sale at Academy and bought it for my collection. I am a big Smith and Wesson fan and this pistol has a much improved trigger over my 40VE. Reliability is the most important thing I look for in a self def...ense firearm and this one is just that...reliable. more

    March 27, 2015
  • 100

    I like the design
    After reading other reviews, I was surprised that so many people find the trigger tough to pull. I've owned this weapon for two years & I like it. You can not expect a $300 gun to be as fancy as a $600 gun. I the way the whole mag is integrated into the grip & blends in nicely. I like the feel of it in my hand while firing it & I have not had any issues with it. I really like the two-tone look with the stainless slide. more

    March 24, 2015
  • 100

    Fits my hand just right.
    What can I say,good gun,for a good shopping at academy for firearms.

    February 27, 2015
    justme 56
  • 100

    Great gun
    Just got this and shot for the first time today. Put 50 rounds through it without any problems. Groups were tight at 10 and 20 yds. Trigger felt just fine to me dont know what all the complaints are about. Shot a Glock a... while back I was not impressed. So... if you're thinking about this gun you can't go wrong. It is a steal at this price! more

    February 21, 2015
  • 80

    i love my cheap gun
    they told me it was cheap....but i love this pistol

    February 19, 2015
  • 100

    SD9VE awesome!
    This is the best semi auto pistol for the price. I got mine for $299 on sale recently at the Webster, Tx location. This gun is better ergonomically than a Glock 19, which I compared it to. It is basically the same size a...nd design. The Glock 19 is $500. There is no way it is worth $200 more than the SD9VE. The trigger pull is 8 lbs. It is fine the way it is. This is a self defense gun, not a competition shooter. It is easy to disassemble and clean. Shoots flawlessly with no problems. Usually in life you get what you pay for. Buy cheap, you get cheap. This gun is the exception. Smith and Wesson quality all the way. more

    February 10, 2015
  • 100

    I would buy again!
    I caught this pistol at the opening of the Academy Store in Denton, Texas for $279.00. It felt good and the mechanical fit was excellent. I put 100 rounds through it and it was flawless. I would buy another if I needed! The trigger pull is a little high, (8 pounds), and long but no real problem. While I was at the range my brother shot it. When we left he went and bought one! His opinion mirrors mine on fit and performance. If the trigger pull bothers you, APEX makes a spring kit that drops the trigger pull to 5-6 pounds. My only dislike was the same I have with my model 22 GEN 4 Glock. The slide relaese lock that you use during dis-assembly for inspection and cleaning is hard on the finger tips. I bought an extended on for $12.99 on ebay. Big difference. Interesting that it was marked Glock and I contacted the vendor. He said it was a direct fit and he was right. Again, I think S&W has a winner here. I would buy the .40 S&W version if I didn't have the Glock. I also installed a cheap red laser on it and boresighted it for 35 feet. I want to see how well the two perform together as it is about 35+feet from my front door to the rear door of my home. I consider this my fun gun! more

    February 7, 2015
    Jim in North Texas
  • 100

    Great gun!!
    Picked this up from academy about a year ago. Put 2500 plus rounds of quality ammo through it without one issue. Easy to clean and price is good. Perfect for home defense or to carry in your car. You can't go wrong ...with smith&wesson!! more

    February 8, 2015
  • 100

    Amazing gun for the price!
    I bought it back in early January from a local store, out the box it was pretty clean but as always I cleaned it up before shooting it, it made the gun rack a lot easier after some good oiling up. I've ran abut 350 ...rounds through it with no issue, shooting anything from Monarch steel casing, Federal aluminum casing and Tulammo MaxBrass with no issues at all and at 35 yards it's dang accurate, wonderful gun for EDC more

    February 5, 2015
  • 100

    Great gun for price
    This was my first pistol and was a great starter pistol and actually shot very well. Doesn't really kick very hard and 9mm is great to start with since the ammo is so cheap.

    February 9, 2015
  • 100

    I've used my weapon every week at the range
    I bought this gun and it's the best purchase I ever made. It's easy to shoot and clean. I've fired over 1000 rounds in 2 months without a single problem. It's a great buy :(

    January 29, 2015
  • 100

    Love It
    Great price, went through 200 rounds and have had no problems with it. Love it.

    January 24, 2015
  • 100

    9mm S&W Sigma
    My first gun and I absolutely love it. I'm a woman and it fits my hand great and easy to control firing.

    January 17, 2015
  • 100

    Glock clone
    I have owned many glocks, and this gun is just as good minus the trigger. But for the price it's a great handgun. For the money saved i also purchased 2 mags and ammo. Just buy it. Thanks

    January 13, 2015
    Perkins 1977
  • 80

    Smith & Wesson SD9VE
    Bought this weapon about two months ago first time firing it was last week. It jammed a couple times the jacket got caught didn't extract properly. But after that if performed beautifully. Very accurate weapon

    December 30, 2014
  • 100

    Excellent product
    This gun is an awesome buy every happy with it bought it yesterday and only put about 20 rds through it before it started raining but work great. I do not see the problem people are having with the trigger it works fine me more

    December 28, 2014
  • 100

    Buying anything other than this is waste.
    I bought this from academy and immediately stuck it through its paces. 50rds then 150rds then a final session of 300rds with a buddy of mine. No rest. It heat up not stopping at all but it proved itself to me. The trigge...r is spongy and ugly but a recent apex trigger job a few days ago made it rival my glock and CZ. I ran steel, aluminum and brass with zero hiccups. Prior to the trigger job I was hitting center mass no problem but my buddy was driving in nails at 15 yards. This gun is accurate. Academy usually has it between 289-319. I'd gladly pay over $400. S&W did a great job but needs too make the apex trigger spring standard. I'm buying 2 more with the accompanying apex springs. I'll carry one, leave one in my car and have another in my house. I like and trust this gun that much. more

    December 24, 2014
  • 100

    Awesome pistol for the price.
    I recently purchased this gun. I have only shot 32 rounds of Remington UMC FMJ. Every round fired flawlessly. The action is very smooth and hardly any recoil. The gun was accurate right out of the box. I really liked tha...t it came with 2 magazines. I am very pleased with this purchase. more

    December 19, 2014
  • 100

    great features
    I purchased this gun for Christmas took it to the range and really put it to the test the trigger pull was great only about 4 to 8 ponds no feed jams during rapid firing it was on target.

    December 18, 2014
    charlie 9mil
  • 80

    Great Pistol...BUT
    GREAT pistol, My first owned pistol but I've handled plenty. For a first pistol for home defense or and extra gun it's great simple but we'll designed and definitely better than a high point or a cobra! starter sights, nice and heavy/safe trigger pull, and a good looking pistol. BUT it's just simple, if you can afford to save and get something better do so. Don't expect to much but don't expect nothing, I carry it every now and then, I have other pistols now. But if you can save do so.But I really like this pistol and I haven't soled it or traded it yet. With my apex aftermarket parts and kydex iwb holster it's an amazing combo. Very safe. With a nicelaser light combo you can make it home defense. I've had no flaws with it. barrel gets wore visibly but still strong parts. but as I say way better then a high point. for 300 I'd take it any day for an "Extra" or First gun. Thanks for reading have a blessed day! more

    December 21, 2014
  • 100

    Great Self-defense weapon - Good Price too!
    I bought this gun a couple of days ago and couldn't wait to try it out. I researched what pistol I should buy for over a month before making my purchase. All of the reviews I read have been pretty much accurate. I t...ook my gun out today and wished I could have spent more time shooting. The gun worked flawlessly and the trigger pull was a little lighter than I was anticipating. The gun points well for me. My first two shots were a little off (I had a 20 mph cross wind) and I just needed to adjust. My first clip all landed within the inner circle of the target. I really like this gun. I live in an area where there is little law enforcement protection close and I want to be able to duly protect my family. This is a good value and I don't think you could find a better gun. I paired it with an Uncle Mike's inside the waistband holster and enjoy carrying the gun. It conceals fairly well, but printing is definitely a possibility if you aren't careful with how you dress. My suggestion is to purchase this weapon - best purchase I have made in a while. more

    December 17, 2014
    family protector
  • 100

    Love it
    Its a very good pistol for the price im gonna get the sd40ve too great gun :)

    December 18, 2014
  • 100

    Great self protection value
    I bought this pistol last year for 319 USD. It is very well made and shoots flawlessly. Field strip it and see. It has an 8+ pound trigger pull sure, but hey it's a "self defense" trigger. It's not su...pposed to be a 4 1/2 pound pull target pistol. It is purpose built for close range social work (as the guy on Gun Blast is fond of saying). You cannot go wrong choosing this as your EDC pistol. Quality US name on the slide says it all. Do not listen to the gun snobs! This is a 5 star pistol for any money. more

    December 12, 2014
  • 20

    Maybe I bought a lemon.
    I bought this gun with high hopes. I took it to the range with my son which shot my very cheap hi point c9. Before going to the range I removed the slide to apply some gun oil to make sure that it would work flawlessly s...ince it was new. My son shot first with my $100 dollar hi point and it shot fine no issues. I stepped up thinking I was going to out perform him and the gun. Well, the joke was on me,failure to eject on the second shot. It had 2 or 3 more failure to feed. The ammo was federal,and Winchester white box. I then put some home defense ammo in it and it worked ok. This is my thought on the gun. My cheap hi point shot every bullet every time. The gun had a very hard pull on the slide when you pulled it all the way back, and it made a grinding noise. I am just telling you my experience with this gun. more

    December 8, 2014
    Truth hurts
  • 80

    Great Weapon on a budget!
    Totally impressed. For the price it's a fine quality weapon. I've fired about 200 rounds so far - Aquila, American Eagle and Monarch (FMJ) and a few Hornady Custom XTP, with no problems at all. Trigger pull is ...smooth even if it is a little stiff. Breakdown and cleaning is relatively easy. I'm happy with this purchase. Good home defense weapon although a bit large and bulky for concealed carry. If nothing else, it's great for the range! Only drawbacks: No safety. Sights are non-adjustable. more

    December 9, 2014
  • 100

    striker fired
    I bought this last November great self defense weapon after you figure out the hard trigger pull.

    December 4, 2014
  • 80

    Good budget friendly gun for self defense
    Purchased this 9mm about two weeks, so far I've got about 200 rounds through it. It's a bit light for my taste, feels a bit like a toy gun, but for those who prefer lightweight it still seems well constructed. ...Took it to the range and shot side by side with the M&P 9mm, they look comparable, but the trigger action and accuracy is noticeably better on the M&P. I plan on doing the apex trigger spring kit in hopes that it will provide a smoother operation for the gun when firing. Field stripping is simple, even easier than the M&P. Overall, for $300 this is a good reliable 9mm. If you are looking for something for self defense or home protection and you aren't looking to spend 500-600 bucks, this is going to get the job done. more

    December 5, 2014
  • 20

    I bought this Friday. The trigger pull is good and accurate. But after two clips the slide quit locking when empty. The recoil spring guide is made of plastic, and after 70 rounds the guide started deforming. I believe i...t will brake before long, which makes it unreliable for protection! more

    November 23, 2014
    BUD L
  • 100

    Love it!
    Bought this gun earlier this month, and I'm so happy I did. This is NOT my first handgun, so I've had plenty of experience shooting them in the past. That being said, my first two shots at a target from 24 feet... away were about 2 feet low. It's a long trigger pull, and it's relatively heavy at 8 lbs, so by the time it finally fired my muscle memory was already pulling down to offset the recoil that hadn't happened yet... I had just finished shooting a 9mm with a much lighter and more sensitive trigger which is what I attribute the terrible shots to. After the two initial misses, I got a feel for the trigger, and shots 3,4, and 5 all shredded the bullseye. I love the sights on it, and I love the 16+1 magazine cap. Break-down of the gun is a snap, and it comes apart nicely to clean. It's a pretty slim frame, so concealed carry is definitely possible with this gun. Pros: Great reliable gun, low price, high ammo capacity. Cons: Heavier trigger pull makes rapid fire very difficult if you want to hit what you're aiming at more than once every 6 shots, and magazines are a bit more expensive than other comparable handguns, but that's easily made up for by the lower price tag! more

    November 23, 2014
  • 100

    Well Worth The Money
    I purchased this a week ago and have put a little over 100 rounds through it with out any problems. I used ball ammo and hallow points. I like that it does come with two magazines, not all pistols do! I also upgraded the... trigger with an Apex trigger spring kit for $20 and it lessened the trigger pull to around 6 pounds. It's a poor mans Glock! more

    November 24, 2014
  • 100

    A GREAT GUN !!!!!
    I have shot and owned a few rifles, and have shot some pistols before but never owned a pistol. This was my first pistol purchase. I have had the pistol for about 5 months, and have shot many hundreds of rounds thru it w...ith no failures "at all" ! It is very easy to take the slide off for cleaning pistol as well. The other thing that I would like to mention is that I have no issues with the weight of the trigger, it is easy to fire. Also, this is a great range gun.. as well as a home defense pistol. If you are thinking on buying it as a holiday gift, DO IT. It's that good. more

    November 17, 2014
  • 100

    Fantastic surprise
    I've read positive reviews about this pistol in all kinds of forums and decided to go ahead and get it for myself. There are a couple of people I take seriously when doing my homework about getting a new carry weapo...n and I will mention them here. Hickok 45 on YouTube as well as Nutnfancy. Hickok 45 was the only one of the two that did a review and because of his positive remarks I went and got one for myself. I paid $299 at Academy Sports in Tulsa Oklahoma and took it home. I found it hard to find any machine marks on this piece and cleaned and oiled it. Take down is as easy as it is for a Glock of which I own several. I also have or have had Sigs, H&K's, Colts, a Ruger P-95 even, Sarsilmaz, Walther PP & PPK, Bersa Thunder, Taurus, FNP-9, CZ and others. If I were to make a list we would be here all day. I'm just trying to make a point. That being this is NOT my first firearm and I've got extensive training in the uses of such from 15 years Army and almost the same in Law Enforcement. The P-95 was used to repel a home invasion quite successfully as the suspect died of acute lead poisoning. So I just want to clarify that I know a few things about self defense and that I know a few things about what makes a firearm a good self defense tool. Let's start out with what this pistol isn't. It is not a $1200 Sig Sauer and was never meant to be. It's a no frills budget self defense tool that was designed for the sole purpose of defending the lives of your families as well as yourself. As such I've read reviews of people stating they would buy it and utilize it as a "Truck Gun." Whatever that is. I can pretty much guess what they mean but I have to say that I disagree. After feeding this weapon every type of ball ammo and self defense round without so much as a hiccup I can honestly say that it's a shooter and I'm happy I walked away with only spending $299 for it. There are other reviews about the trigger being too heavy and spongy feeling. At first I somewhat felt what they were talking about but after dry firing it a couple hundred times and shooting the first two hundred rounds through it I can say it became a non issue. If you train and shoot you become proficient with the tool you are using and that's the case I find with the SD9VE. This gun was designed to be able to carry with a round in the chamber ready to save your life if the time comes that it is needed. As such an 8lbs trigger squeeze will not be thought of when the time comes to deploy this weapon. Does it have an adverse effect with your training at the range? Not for me it didn't. If you have problems with flinching with this firearm then you will have the same problem with a different one. Once again training and repetitive motion and technique should alleviate this bad behavior with any weapon. I intend to carry this weapon and rely upon it to maybe one day save my life. It is that good imho. Having been in a situation where after a righteous shooting and justifiable defense of myself and my loved ones I can honestly say that this weapon simply makes sense. Why? When the P-95 was used I had several very expensive handguns at my disposal. Never mind what thinking went behind picking the Ruger because I can't really answer that question. It was the closest weapon at the time? Not really because it was at the top of the closet with 18 other firearms that could have just as easily been grabbed. The point I'm trying to make is this, had one of the other weapons that cost upwards of $1200 been used it would have been confiscated as evidence and held until all aspects of the investigation were finished. I got it back a long 4 months later and after the officer in charge of the investigation engraved the case number on my slide. Yes, he actually used an engraver to permanently mark my weapon. I can't tell you how that enraged me at the time because he tried telling me that it was Standard Operating Procedure to do so and I explained that he was not speaking to an imbecile off the streets as I myself was a law enforcement officer at this time just not from his locality. To sum up this part of the review, it makes sense to use this weapon in so many ways. Ergonomics are superb and it seemed to jump to my hand when deploying it from my Fobus holster. Pointability is what this weapon is all about. It's light to carry and while I've heard some say it's not conceivable I disagree there as well. This weapon has been well thought out and put together. Magazines drop free and a fresh one slides in with ease every single time. No FTF's and no FTE's. It's a nice looking weapon as well. It does what it was designed to do. It is a tool to be used and not put away for later use. I say, use it and be proud you didn't break your wallet doing so. I will stake my life on this weapon. Most assuredly. I will be buying others in the near future to equip my bug out bags. Thank you for your time. more

    November 15, 2014
    SnakeEyes 9114
  • 100

    Excellent Economy Handgun
    My reasons for buying were: price, mag capacity, dependability. My go to handgun had been a S&W 908. Great single stack gun/8+1 capacity. Aside from the Sigma, S&W has a great rep and my 908 was proof. Bought the... SD9 and have put approximately 700 hand loads thru it, no probs. slight downsides are: long and heavy trigger pull ( no big deal) and the slide release bar can be slightly difficult to manage ( no big deal). All around, with a 16 round mag (giving me staying power in a critical situation), this gun is awesome. Win for S&W and the gun friendly public! more

    November 17, 2014
  • 100

    Wish I bought this first...
    This was my second gun purchase in 6 months. I got a Glock 23, Gen 3, earlier this year and became very accurate at 3 & 7 yards, but had some difficulty at 15 due to being cross dominant. Cocking my head to align the... sight to my left eye proved to be a little challenging at the farther distance. In spite of that I qualified nicely for my CHL. I had been wanting a 9mm, but after dropping $500ish for the Glock, I really didn't want to make that level of investment so soon. As I read the reviews & watch the price points fluctuate, I began leaning more & more to the SD9VE. Last month I took the plunge at $299, then went immediately from the store to the range. I ran 200 rounds, right out of the box, in this baby with absolutely no issues. As a matter of fact, I was more accurate with tighter groupings with the SD9 than my G23. Only thing I can figure is 9mm 124gr rounds don't have as much recoil & kick as .40 165gr rounds, so I was able to recover & align to my target quicker. This is absolutely a great gun for the price. Performance & quality are just an added bonus. I am considering using this for my every day carry, but I got it for my wife & home defense because she has a tough time racking the slide on the Glock. In hindsight, I should have bought this baby first. Don't get me wrong, I still love my G23, but I got to say Smith & Wesson SD9VE FTW! more

    November 4, 2014
  • 80

    First gun!
    I bought this gun a month ago for the price and decent reviews. I used it to take my CCW test. Im 6'3 230lb guy. It's good size for my hands and easy to shoot. I feel its a bit heavy to carry as a conceal weapo...n so I'm looking for a smaller lighter gun... Other wise I will keep it to carry in my car.. more

    November 10, 2014
  • 100

    Great Gun ! Buy it !
    I bought it in May 2013 and I am very pleased. Very reliable, easy to clean, and great price.

    November 6, 2014
    Protect your Constitution
  • 100

    Great pistol!
    This gun is my first pistol, I couldn't be any more happier with it. Easy to handle by me and my wife.

    October 31, 2014
  • 100

    Keeping your money in America
    I have been a Glock guy since 1999. With that said I carry a G26 daily. But lately my eyes have been wondering to other pistols. I wanted a more "full size" Pistol for some time now and had been doing a lot of ...reading, watching videos and researching various side arms. It was between The S&W SD9 or the CZ 75 P09. Like I said keep your money in America! So the SD9 has a new home and I am pleased with this purchase. Not to mention that I also saved around $200 dollars getting the S&W. Plus the CZ magazines are over $50 bucks a piece so that was another reason to go with S&W. The only problem I have with the SD9 is the fact that the grip is a little smooth for me. I am used to the Gen4 grip texture. So I am going to do some stipple work on the grip and the frame of the SD9. Simple and cheap solution to the "problem". more

    October 28, 2014
  • 100

    Awesome Gun
    I've only had time to go to the range once since I bought my gun. I shot over a 100 rounds with not one problem. Great gun! Very light, even my wife likes it and wants one for herself.

    October 25, 2014
  • 100

    Great Pistol
    This is a great pistol for this price! Academy Sports by far has the most inexpensive price I've seen from a retailer seeking it brand new! My 13 and I went out and shot yesterday and now HE wants one. This kid has ...always been scared of guns with recoil and this one didn't have much. He shot 6 std clips and wanted more. more

    October 26, 2014
  • 100

    Good gun,good value!
    I have to admit,I had my doubts. But after putting a couple boxes of shells through it,I am totally satisfied with this gun, good for home protection also,As of today,I see Academy has .40 caliber on sale for $299.99 als...o,going to get it and try it,plan to give the 9mm to my wife(it is not too heavy)and keep the .40 cal for me,Good guns,Good Value!!! more

    October 28, 2014
  • 100

    good quality firearm
    lifetime warranty which I highly doubt youll ever need.

    October 23, 2014
  • 80

    Good Price Shooter
    Great shooting pistol for the price, got it for just over $300 at Academy last month. I have fired 400 rounds no problems at all. Nice crisp trigger, and at 15 yards 10 shots in a 5 inch group, great shooter for the pric...e. 4 star! For me. more

    October 26, 2014
  • 100

    Great Self Defense Gun!
    I purchased this gun, for self defense, as it was designed. It does the job, pull the trigger and it shoots straight, enough said. I

    October 26, 2014
  • 100

    Easy to handle
    My 19 year old daughter loves to shoot this 9mm. She handles it with ease.

    October 22, 2014
  • 100

    great gun
    Bought this gun about a month ago and have put 300+ rounds through it and absolutely no problems. Very accurate. Good looking and easy handling.

    October 22, 2014
  • 100

    Great deal!
    Can't miss deal at $299. Very Glock-esque. I think the grip is more ergonomic. Yes, trigger is heavy, but can be fixed with Apex kit. Quit thinking about it, just buy it!

    October 16, 2014
  • 100

    Great gun!!
    I bought this gun this week on sale for $299. I shot 150 rounds at the range todsy with no problems. Its very accurate at 20 yards ( that is the farthest the target could be set at this range) Very impressed. I don'...t understand how such a great gun is priced so low. I had no issues with the trigger. I did not think it was a long trigger pull. You should see my bodyguard .380. It's verrry long. Thinking about getting the sd40. Great gun!! more

    October 21, 2014
    Tx fan
  • 80

    Smith & Wesson an Americana Co.
    Bought this gun two years ago, reliable, dependable, no failure functions, and as of today no issues. Does it have all the bells and whistles NO. Would I recommend this firearm? YES. This gun is easy to break down ans cl...ean. As easy as 1, 2, 3. more

    October 17, 2014
  • 100

    This is a great deal. For the money you get a very nice pistol. I have put a few hundred rounds through mine and have never had a single issue. The finish is not as nice as more expensive pistols, but for the price you not go wrong. more

    October 11, 2014
  • 20

    Affordable first gun, might not be reliable
    I bought this gun from Academy five years ago and have taken it out to fire it about 5-10 times over the course of that time. Putting about 500-700 rounds through it. This was my first gun. When I went to the range I was... shocked at how hard you had to hold down the trigger to get it to fire. Like others have said, about 8-9 pounds of pressure to get the gun to fire. If you go slow enough and you are inexperienced you will feel your hand start to shake before the bullet comes out, and then your accuracy will be impacted. Over the years I got more used to the gun and the pressure of the trigger doesn't affect me nearly like it did when I was new to handguns. However, I still feel the accuracy is not what a newbie would want especially if this is just a home protection gun that sits in a safe or drawer and never gets used or practiced with. Grouping is poor. If the time comes when it needs to be fired, and you are not experienced in a high intensity situation, and your gun isn't perfectly accurate, you're going to be in trouble. If you fire a Smith and Wesson 9mm M&P you will notice an extreme difference in accuracy and ease of shooting. It's about $200 more, but in my opinion a much better investment. I bought this gun because I felt I needed to have SOMETHING to protect my family over the samurai sword or the large kitchen knife. This fit in my budget at the time. If you are new to guns and just need something to protect your family, this is better than nothing, for sure. To sum it all up after a bunch of rambling: Pros: Affordable Very comfortable grip Nice sized clip Cons: Accuracy Trigger pressure more

    October 10, 2014
  • 60

    S&W SD9VE
    This one is the best foir home and for self protection.

    October 8, 2014
  • 80

    Great gun for the price.
    I was in the market for a beginner semi-auto pistol about a year ago. I ended up choosing the Smith and Wesson SD9VE for the price, reviews, capacity, the brand, and as a possible conceal carry. Since then, I have put ab...out 1000 rounds through this weapon, using all kinds of ammo (mostly cheap stuff). I have not had a single incident with a misfire, brass ejection issues, or general hardware malfunction. Despite its plastic handle, the gun feels solid in the hand and fits well. The Glock-styled disassembly system allows for easy field-stripping/cleaning. I recently completed my concealed carry course and feel very confident I could use this weapon in a self-defense situation. That being said, I do have a couple issues that only experience could have clarified: 1) This is not a small gun. If you want a comfortable concearled carry firearm, save up a little more $ and buy a smaller weapon. I am a big guy (5'11, 240Ibs) and I will not be able to use an inside the waistband (IWB) holster, nor will I be able to fit this into my jeans/jacket/shorts pocket comfortably without printing - or buying bigger pants. In order to conceal-carry this weapon I will use a less concealed paddle variety. 2) There is no safety on the weapon. A more experienced gun-slinger may not feel as nervous about having a live round in the chamber and ready to go, with no safety, but I feel like I still need to wrack the slide before I use it. In summery, I think this is a great weapon, for the price, to keep in one's car or to use for home defense. I will be using this for conceal-carry until I can afford a smaller more space effecient weapon, even if I have to sit a little funny in the mean time. I also feel like I could drag this gun through the mud and pack it full of gravel and confidently expect it to keep shooting. more

    October 6, 2014
  • 100

    Best gun on the market for the price!
    I have been shooting 9mm for several years now. I always shied away from the modern "polymer" guns that have become the standard. Then I tried my dad's SD40VE. After that I had to get a SD9VE. The ergonomi...cs of this gun are amazing. The primary negative characteristic that you will hear about this gun is the trigger. Believe me when I say: It's not bad at all! I have small hands for which a DA only trigger presents a challenge. After about 500 rounds, this has become my favorite range gun. No problems at all to report after 2000 rounds through it. Excellent quality gun at a very affordable price from one of the most reputable companies in the industry! more

    October 5, 2014
  • 100

    Best bang for your buck!!!
    I bought this pistol a few aweeks ago and have put about 800 rounds threw it. Used all types of ammo with no issues. Looked at a lot of guns at twice the cost . I was hesitant to buy at first. But after shooting it I hav...e no regrets with this purchase. If your looking for a great pistol for a great price look no further. It's a good looking and great shooting gun. more

    October 9, 2014
  • 100

    Better buy at Academy!
    Was at Cabelas shopping for Gopro 5 and looked at new SD9VE. Liked the light weight and bought it. Found out 30 minutes later, Academy's standard price was $50 less than Cabela's sale price. My bad....

    October 7, 2014
  • 100

    Great gun for the price!
    After I sold my Keltec I was in the market for another pistol for ccw. I looked at everything in my price range and the SDVE was the best for money. When I purchased it , #1. I got in on sale and #2. It came with two 16 ...round mags, which is a $30 bonus if your trying to mag the mag by itself. One thing that i like about it is the way the gun ejects the spent shells. My other pistols sling the spent everywhere, the sd 9 kept all my brass in a 1.5 foot radius, which is great when your keeping it for reloading. Great Price, feels great in your hand, comfortable to wear, a great addition to the collection. more

    October 3, 2014
  • 100

    Cheap price and awesome
    I have the sd9ve and compare it to my sig sauer and beretta, this is a great buy. I have shot more then 300 rounds and in all honesty, it has never jammed. I always clean and lube after each use.

    October 1, 2014
  • 100

    Great for the Price
    I bought this last month when it was a hot price item. I have been very happy with its performance. I really do like it.

    October 1, 2014
  • 100

    I bought this a few days ago and already put a few hundred rounds through it, it hasnt skipped a beat. I would recomend this weapon to anyone and you cant beat the price!

    October 5, 2014
  • 100

    Awesome Pistol
    Just bought the sd9ve a few weeks ago while it was on sale for $289.99! I cleaned it and took it to the range where I ha a few FTF's. But, I hadn't shot a pisto in about 8 years. I also noticed my shots were al...l grouping lower left. I studied some internet shooting videos and when I went back to the range, I had no malfunctions and much better accuracy. The trigger is tricky. But, it (I) gets better with practice. I'm very, very happy with this gun. more

    September 25, 2014
  • 100

    Superb Value!
    I have had this gun for a year now and feel confident this is a solid self defense pistol. Contrary to the "Sigma series" logo placed above this is not related to the Sigma. It is a new model series unaffiliate...d with the Sigma series. It is closer to a glock that sigma. Heavy trigger which I like. Never a failure to feed or eject, Rock solid thus far thru 500 plus rounds. more

    September 29, 2014
  • 100

    Got mine Sept, 2014. Did a lot of research and read all the reviews here. Had a short list of 3 pistols and tried them out at the gun counter for feel and ease of operation. The SW SDVE 9 fit my hand better and unlike reviewers one of my requirements was not having an external safety to complicate operation. Took it home , cleaned and oiled, then ran a few rounds through it. Had a couple of fail to feeds and did not lock the slide back on the last shot on a couple. Took it down and cleaned it more thoroughly paying more attention to the bbl and chamber. Relubed and loaded back up. Tried three different ammo brands and it ran absolutely flawlessly. It is more accurate than I expected, in fact I found it to be pretty close in accuracy to my $1200 Sig 1911 at CQB range of 15 ft. Regarding holsters, ACADEMY stocks an inside the waistband, DeSantis Cozy Partner for SW M&P 9/40 which fit absolutely perfectly and is of top level quality. This makes a very nice carry combo. BTW...I was certified as a NRA SECURITY OFFICER/PERSONAL PROTECTION INSTRUCTOR back in the 1990s. Safe shooting to you all. more

    September 20, 2014
    Old Cowpoke
  • 20

    I bought this as my first gun. I had nightmares after shooting it bc I would dream someone was in my house and was about to kill my family and I had the guy in my cross hairs but bc the trigger pull was so hard and long ...I was never able to get the gun to fire. I had those dreams all the time until I sold the pistol and bought a nice 1911. Best choice I ever made. Do urself a favor and leave that gun on the shelf and get a different gun. U can save a few bucks and get it but it's not worth it. Trust me. I woke up screaming a few times in the dreams more

    September 17, 2014
  • 100


    September 18, 2014
  • 100

    Excellent Pistol For the Price
    I recently purchased this pistol on sale and so far I am very impressed with it. The fit and finish is on par with guns costing much more. I took it to the range yesterday and put about 200 rounds through it without a si...ngle failure. Once I got acquainted with the pistol, its accuracy was more than satisfactory. My only minor complaint is the trigger, which was quite stiff and not very smooth initially. However, after about a hundred rounds it smoothed out considerably. At around eight pounds, the trigger pull is a little heavier than I'd like, but it is manageable. If you are looking for an inexpensive, reliable pistol you can count on to go 'bang!' every time you pull the trigger, then this just might be the gun for you. I love mine and I am planning to buy another in 40 S&W in the near future. more

    September 13, 2014
  • 100

    I have had this firearm for almost 2 years and have loved it from the beginning! Every time I take it out to shoot I am hyped up just thinking about shooting. It has never jammed (after several hundred rounds), and it is... always dead on! more

    August 15, 2014
  • 60

    good gun, bad trigger
    My wife bought this as her first pistol a year ago. It shoots straight and reliable but the long trigger pull is horrible. I purchased an xds 9 and immediately her shooting improved with it.

    August 7, 2014
  • 100

    Best bang for your buck
    Had the old model Sigma. Someone did me a favor and stole it. This is a much improved version. S&W did their homework on this and corrected many of the downfalls of the original Sigma. Great gun at a super price. Wou...ld buy again! Have already recommended this gun to friends as well as family members. more

    August 4, 2014
    Ole Cowboy
  • 100

    Great gun for the price!
    I bought this gun a week ago because of the price. I was looking for a decent carry piece and when i saw it on sale i decided it was cheap enough to take a risk plus it's a S&W so how bad can it be? Immediately ...after i purchased it i went and put 300 rounds of Blazer Brass without a single hiccup! It was pretty accurate for 20-25 feet. I didnt fill the mag to capacity since i find even the best guns will jam if you fill the clip to capacity. Excellent shooter, very happy and would recommend on a budget ( or not ). more

    August 4, 2014
  • 100

    I have had a S&W SD 40 for six months...bought a S&W 9 today can cant wait to shoot my guns!! Ps i am a she..yes we like guns too!!

    August 2, 2014
  • 100

    Excellent buy and quality !!!!!!!!!!
    Owned a sig and thought i'd give this one a try !! Excellent quality and performance !!

    July 13, 2014
  • 100

    Excellent quality for the price
    After 22 years in the Army as a medic and military police officer, I used a 9mm for half my service and loved it. I am super happy to own the fine S&W pistol. It is easy to shoot, easy to maintain and feels great on hip. Thank you. more

    July 7, 2014
  • 100

    This was my first gun i bought and i was debating this and the Glock. By far this gun has been WAY better than the glock. it is smoother and lighter, not to forget its HALF the price. I am not basing this review on the p...rice im making the judgment on the quality and performance of the SD9VE. i recomend it hands down everytime. get it!!!! more

    July 10, 2014
  • 100

    Great Value Starter Pistol
    I bought this as my first handgun. Even though this is the "value edition" it is still a very high quality Smith & Wesson product.

    July 6, 2014
  • 100

    Best self defence gun ive owned
    Had it for a little over a year now.... not one failure in anyway., I'm at 2700 rounds thru the tube. waited till 1700 rounds to do the upgrades. the more i shoot this gun the smoother it gets!!! even with all the u...pgrades I'm still below $450.00. I've done a trigger job, new springs thru out, night sights, added an extra mag, and a SS 17lb. guide rod. you just cant beat this gun on price and reliability. Smith & Wesson you hit a HOME RUN with this gun Congrats!!! more

    July 9, 2014
  • 100

    Can't be beat for the price
    Purchased one last year. 1000 rounds & no problems. We bought another last month.

    June 30, 2014
  • 100

    Smith Wesson
    Best money buy can have enjoyed this pistol . My husband is ready to get another one .

    June 21, 2014
  • 100

    This gun is a joy to shoot
    I've had this gun for about two months now and I'm very glad I bought it. It feels great in my hand and is very accurate at every distance I've shot it. I replaced the sights with Trijicon night sights bec...ause I received a set as a gift. The original sights are fine but I prefer night sights. I love the fact that S&W now includes two magazines. I understand that was not always the case. Great gun at a great price. more

    June 23, 2014
  • 100

    Awesome gun
    Before I bought this gun I searched a ton of reviews and videos about it an liked what I heard and seen. Now that I have it I can see why it's easy to field strip, use, and conceal carry. I have not had any issues w...hat so ever. The only thing is there isn't a lot of mod options for it and although they do have a solid black sd9 it's not offered at my store not sure about anywhere else. more

    June 25, 2014
  • 100

    Great gun for the price
    This is my first handgun and I really enjoy shooting it. Have run about 300 rds through it and have not had a jam. Accuracy is dead on and recoil isn't too bad. This pistol is a lot of bang for the buck.

    June 22, 2014
  • 100

    Looks like the Glock, light weight, easy conceal
    A great buy from a great brand, two clips for $299.

    June 23, 2014
  • 100

    Awesome Gun! Great Price
    Bought this pistol as a starter gun for $299.00 on sale (I've seen it as low as $289.00 at Academy). Great gun out of the box. Solid feel, good handling and comfortable shoot. Handles most ammo well. Shoots tight groups. Handles lots of shots taken down range. Eas take down and easy cleaning. I've been using this gun to shoot IDPA and it competes well against higher end guns. Like most S&W pistols, you may want to lighten the trigger at some point, but it is a great lil shooter for the money. One tip: slide lock release a bit large, so be sure to curl thumbs down and away. Also, if you want a holster, the Fobus SWMP OWB paddle holster fits it perfectly. Smith and Wesson has my vote and I'm sure that I'll be making another S&W purchase soon to add to my collection. Very pleased with this purchase, particularly at such a good price. more

    June 16, 2014
  • 100

    Great value
    At first it was shooting way off target. I sent it back to Smith & Wesson and they fixed it. It works great now. I keep this reliable piece in my glove box.

    June 20, 2014
  • 100

    Good reliable gun for beginners!
    I bought this gun to start practicing shooting. Very reliable and good to start with. It is also a good home defense firearm.

    June 18, 2014
  • 100

    Good gun for the money
    This is a good shooting gun for the money! I got mine for home defense.

    June 16, 2014
  • 100

    Great 1st gun!
    I purchased this gun a few months ago and I love it. It doesn't seem to like Winchester 115 grain rounds, caused some jammimg. It's been running smoothly with Federal Champion 115 grain. I've shot about 50...0 rounds, no jammimg since I switched ammo brands. more

    June 14, 2014
  • 100

    Love this gun!
    This light weight high capacity weapon is excellent for target shooting and home protection.

    June 12, 2014
  • 100

    A fun and engaging firearm for a novice
    My neighbor and I both bought this pistol and no issues after nearly 400 rounds of brass, steel or aluminum hollow points or FMJs. Good piece low recoil only issue the slide release is a bear when separating upper from l...ower. Cleans well and solid hand piece. The bonus is my neighbor has never fired a pistol in 62 years but fired this like an old pro. Well done S&W well done. more

    June 8, 2014
  • 100

    great gun
    i carry it everyday. you can't go wrong with this gun.

    June 13, 2014
  • 100

    Well done!
    Bought on sale. Came with extra magazine. In my grip, it almost aims itself. First 30 Remington rounds with two shooters grouped with about 5" diameter at 15 yards, about 2" left and 1" down from center. S...ights are dovetailed, and rely on friction, not a setscrew to stay in place. Action is smooth. No issues. Really enjoy shooting it. more

    June 4, 2014
  • 80

    Very good gun for the money
    Very good firearm for the money nearly 1000 rounds of different ammunition through it with no issues. And best of all it's made in the U.S.A.

    May 28, 2014
  • 80

    Great gun and is easy to handle
    The main thing that is a problem is trying to get all 16 rounds in, but I think all guns have the same problem filling it up .I stopped at 14 as that one was a little hard to get in I am not into target shooting just got... for protection. We fired 14 rounds thru it and all of them came out without a hitch For the price this is not a bad little gun at all more

    May 23, 2014
  • 100

    Great performance and value.
    Bought this gun a year ago and decided to write this review. I shot brass and steel ammo, no problem at all. Pretty accurate. I have served in the military and shot many brands. I would not hesitate to use this for self ...defense. more

    May 20, 2014
  • 100

    My first pistol and glad I bought it.
    Purchased in Jan 2014. Have fired 300 rounds and only 1 fail to eject, but was using buddy's old hollow point low grain on the 17th round thru gun and I was rapid firing the old ammo out. No other issues at all. I n...eed to use a better grip, the gun seemed to shoot low for me but I bet that's a me problem. Guys at the range don't believe I bought it at the price I tell them since I caught it on a great sale at Academy. more

    May 18, 2014
  • 100

    For those with feeding issues
    For those that load their magazines to the max capacity: from what I learned in the military, do not load the magazine to the maximum capacity, try loading 12 rounds instead of the 14, shouldn't have a problem I had the same problem with the colt M4s we were issued. We'd load 26 or 27 rounds instead of the 30, which helped greatly with the failure to feed. Also it wears out the spring faster in the magazine fully loaded. more

    May 20, 2014
  • 100

    GREAT 9MM !!!
    I bought my SD9VE several months ago at Academy Sports in Olathe KS. GREAT STORE, GREAT PEOPLE !!! In short the gun functions FLAWLESSLY !!! I have installed a TLR-1 rail mounted light as well as a trigger and spring kit... from Apex Tactical along with a Galloway precision stainless steel guide rod with 20 pound recoil spring and the rear sight from a S&W M&P It didn't really need these upgrades to be a GREAT pistol but hey that's half the fun of gun ownership. I also purchased the SD40VE at Academy which is also a GREAT pistol. more

    May 12, 2014
  • 100

    Great gun for the price
    Bought this back when it was on sale and it included a coupon for two more magazines. A heck of a buy. The trigger was pretty heavy so I got a spring kit and did the work myself in a few minutes. Great shooting gun now. ...Have shot about 1200rns through it and no issues even with cheap Russian steel. Also, you can take them apart and clean them blindfolded. About the only negative is that there is no adjustment on the sight so you need to learn where to shoot. Also, mine did not have the two indentations under the barrel so a standard laser sight will not fit it. more

    April 29, 2014
  • 100

    great price, great gun.
    Academy has a great price on this gun, well worth the extra drive! Although it's a cheap gun, nothing really feels cheap about it and it easily holds it's own against higher priced guns. I've only put abou...t 100 rounds through it but so far it's flawless. Probably the best value in it's price range on the market. more

    April 28, 2014
  • 100

    S & W SD9VE
    Almost a year old, the SD9VE is still my favorite gun. For the price you can't get a better gun. Why pay bloated prices for a Glock or Sig when you can have the ideal home defense/range gun/truck gun.

    April 5, 2014
  • 100

    Awesome pistol
    These SD firearms are awesome, inexpensive but this is not a "cheap" weapon.  I own the 9mm and the 40, bought them both at Academy.  And these are not Sigmas. This is the quality of a $600 handgun.

    March 27, 2014
  • 100

    Great Pistol for the Money
    I purchased this pistol from Academy in November 2012. I have shot hundreds of rounds with this pistol with no FTF/FTE using all types/brands of 9mm ammo. I am retired military and a reserve deputy and I have out shot al...l the other deputies that use Glock 21s with this pistol which cost about half the price of the Glock. Yes, the trigger pull is greater, but practice makes you a better marksman. more

    March 19, 2014
  • 100

    Bought this gun couple weeks ago and shot bout 100 rounds through it of different ammo. Shoots smooth and very accurate. Love the trigger pull for myself. Put a light lazer combo on it and it's a beast. Would recomm...end to anyone on a budget. Overall great gun , good job smith & Wesson on the new sigma.  more

    March 14, 2014
  • 100

    Great gun!
    My wonderful experience with the SW9VE led me to this terrific gun. It runs like a well oiled sewing machine, ergonomics are perfect and the trigger is ideal for a self defense gun with no safety. It's a natural poi...nter and hits point of aim. No need to spend money on extra back straps, marketing or kol-aid, this gun rocks! more

    March 10, 2014
  • 100

    Great bang for your buck!!!
    I waited to review the S&W until I put a few hundred rounds through it. First, let me say this is my first pistol and I am excited to own it. I have fired other pistols and this one performed 100% of the time. No jam...s or failure to eject (used several different ammo brands). The trigger pull takes some getting used too, but after the fact, at 10 yards my groupings are solid. Little recoil and easy change of clips makes the performance almost perfect for me, being such and amateur that I am. Cleaning is simple and easy, taking it apart was only a few steps, another plus. If you are an entry level shooter like myself, go and get one and you will not be disappointed. Oh, one last note, around the holidays I got mine on sale for $289.99, yes another plus.  more

    March 9, 2014
  • 100

    What a great gun - long term review.
    This is by far the favorite pistol in my collection (and I have over 20). Utterly reliable, never had a FTF, FTE or a stove pipe, has lifetime warranty and it's american made by none other than S&W. The only det...raction was the hard and gritty trigger pull, I had a Wolf spring kit installed and trigger polish job - it is absolutely wonderful now. The sights are easy to find and are dead on point of aim from factory. I consistently hit 4" steel plates at 15 yards with ease and speed because it just fits my hand better than any other pistol I have and "feels" just right, it has grea grip texture. Run, don't walk, to get you one of these - they are by far the best for the money. more

    March 10, 2014
  • 100

    Great Pistol
    Have put about 300 rounds through it in 3 days without a FTF or FTE.  The long trigger pull had me pulling a little left but that was me, not the pistol.  Very easy to field strip and clean.  The only draw...back is that the magazine springs are very stiff and it can be hard to load last 2 rounds.  Great pistol for the money. more

    March 10, 2014
  • 80

    I bought this gun in feb 2014 and had jamming problems on first clip.i call CR @ S&W spoke with Frank and was told to clean gun before using. This worked and solved my. problem . I am a hunter and have never had to c...lean a new firearm out of the box. before using. Strange...... more

    March 5, 2014
  • 100

    Great budget and entry level pistol
    This was my second pistol after buying a .22 pistol.  In hindsight, I should have went straight to the SD9VE.  This pistol is good to shoot, good action and an OK trigger.  I installed a trigger kit and no...w my SD9VE is working well for me.  I feed it bulk ammo and have had really good results.  Great for target shooting and home defense.  Great price point and value. more

    February 11, 2014
  • 100

    Excellent Value
    I bought this gun a month ago. I did a lot of research online and also spoke to a number of FFLs at gun shows. I was impressed by its Glock like features at a very unGlock like price at about $200 less than a Glock 19. W...hen I purchased the gun and began to shoot it at my range I was really impressed. This gun has had 200 rounds through it with no jams, FTFs, etc and is a joy to shoot. The stainless steel slide and polymer lower give a low weight without any corresponding heavy felt recoil and it is easy to acquire your targets with the three dot sight it uses. All in all it is an excellent gun at an excellent price. My wife and brother were so impressed they bought one as well. more

    February 8, 2014
  • 80

    Nice and a great price
    I bought mine 2 weeks ago, I just put 200 rounds through it. Only had one spent shell jam, no big deal. It's lite for my taste but fires straight and true. The trigger pull is mushy and feels toy like but breaks con...sistent with every squeeze. Overall a nice piece for targets but since it has no safety, I personally wouldn't use it as home or personal protection, just my own preference, not a knock at all. more

    February 5, 2014
  • 100

    Love it!
    I love this gun! Was skeptical at first because of the comments about the trigger pull! But I love the trigger pull also! I have a glock 17 and this gun is just as good! Have put 500 rounds through it and not once have I... had a problem! worth the price! more

    January 31, 2014
  • 100

    reviews say it all
    purchased this for daily carry and home defense and it is simply amazing. $289.99 only and it shoots much better than guns that cost twice as much. check out all the reviews, here, youtube, cabellas or any other forum an...d you will find all in favor of this gum. If you are still on the fence, go to your local shooting range and try it before you buy it. Trigger is hard but that is to add more safety to this gun. love this gun! more

    January 28, 2014
  • 100

    Fair price and reliable weapons platform
    My 30 + year old son bought this handgun last week. It is his first semi-automatic pistol. We took it to the range yesterday. First 3 rounds I fired went right through the center of the target, bullseye, no problem. Had ...two FTF/jams due to the ammunition, Monarch brand brass. It was NOT the weapon! Reliable, affordable and durable. Easy to break down and clean, too. more

    January 26, 2014
  • 80

    SD9ve Review
    I bought my SD9VE in March of 2013 and just sent it to S&W to have a striker replaced. I found out the hard way that this is one pistol that you do NOT dry fire without snap caps. The pistol likes more lube than the ...manual calls for to be dependable,but it runs great when kept slick. When using some lower powered ammo it ejects straight up and brass hits my hat. The trigger smooths out and lightens up considerably with use and is now quite nice for a DAO. I am not too impressed with the accuracy, but then again most of my other pistols are Sigs, Rugers, 1911's. and CZ's. Combat accuracy,dependability,and feels very good for $300. Great starter gun. more

    January 15, 2014
  • 100

    great gun
    have shot over a 500 rounds and love this gun. the best hand gun out for the price.

    January 9, 2014
  • 100

    Great gun and great price
    Purchased this for self/home defense for Christmas and have not been disappointed.  As soon as I held it in my hands, I was asking for the paperwork (it felt that good).  I know it is too large for concealed ca...rry, but great for self/home defense.  The wife and I both fired it and was accurate at 10 yards with both of us hitting center mass.  We will be purchasing another (his and hers) soon.  Actually caught the first one on sale for $289.  Wished I had bought more, but I do like sleeping in the bed!!! more

    December 28, 2013
  • 100

    American made and a great value
    I bought this gun a month ago because I wanted a high capacity 9mm in my collection. I researched Youtube and several blogs I belong to looking for the right combination and reliability, dependability, and value. I looke...d at Sig, Glock, Springfield, etc. and could have had any of these. However, over and over the Smith and Wesson SD9VE came up with great reviews. The central complaint was the 8lb trigger pull, otherwise everything was glowing about this pistol. Additionally, the price was for such a great self-defense gun won me over. I purchased this at Academy for $329.00 and have seen it as low as $289.00. It is worth every penny. The gun was cleaned after I got it home and lubricated it according to the manual. I then took it to the range and ran 300 rounds of a combination of ball and hollow point ammunition thru it with absolutely no failures. Shoots like a dream. I really love this gun and appreciate the Smith and Wesson name. Finally, you can certainly spend far more money and get a marginally better weapon or, buy this gun and keep the money in your pocket. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED WITH THIS GUN. more

    December 30, 2013
  • 100

    Stop looking. Get this gun
    First gun I have ever owned. Didn't know what I wanted but went to the ranges and tried many different styles. Really liked this one so I brought it. Great choice on my part. Feels great in my hand. Very little kick... to it. Very easy to handle. Love the large mag. Hard to load but that is due to my inexperience. Used the cheapest and most expensive ammo and could not tell the difference. No jams at all. Got it at Academy for under $300. Very happy with this gun. It looks cool and shoots great. Now I am hooked and looking forward to my next gun purchase. more

    December 23, 2013
  • 100

    Outstanding Value & Performance
    If you want the reliability and ease of operation of a GLOCK, but want better ergonomics, better looks, AND to save $200+ dollars, buy this gun!

    December 14, 2013
  • 100

    Fantastic handgun....
    I purchased this handgun after being encouraged to wait for a Glock...I spent about 3 hours online and could not find a negative review...I even got on the Glock forum and could only find good reviews....This gun has liv...ed up to the reviews..have shot about 300 rounds and have had no a matter of fact I enjoy the gun more every time I shoot it....the recoil is very comfortable...and accuracy is very good......for 289.00 I couldn't pass it up....and one other thing...I love the trigger..... more

    November 26, 2013
  • 100

    I purchased this weapon after reading the reviews and watching the videos from the pro's. They are 100% correct in their assessments, awesome pistol for the price. If you are on a budget and are looking for a reliab...le handgun, this is it!! Especially since Academy is offering it for $290.00 The only way it gets better than this is if its free as in a gift. more

    November 18, 2013
  • 100

    Great Gun!! Great Price!!
    I bought mine about 8 months ago for $329 & now it is priced even lower. I've put over 320 rounds thru mine. I only use 115 grain ammo. I've used American Eagle(FMJ), Winchester(FMJ), Monarch(FMJ), & Re...mington(JHP). I haven't had any problems with these failure to fire or failure to eject. I do prefer Winchester & American Eagle. The gun is easy to field strip & clean. This is a Great gun! I use this for home defense but I will be carrying this for my concealed weapon. more

    November 21, 2013
  • 100

    First Handgun
    This is my first handgun. I couldn't afford a high end model but wanted a solid home defense gun that my wife could handle as well. I am very happy with this one. I have ran 100+ rounds (some reloads) and have yet t...o have any issues. It breaks down easy for cleaning and operates easily. I can only get 15 rounds in the magazines (as a NOOB I tend to be a little tentative) but the fact that it comes with 2 mags more than makes up for it.  more

    November 11, 2013
  • 100

    Great buy for the price
    Bought my SD from a Academy store. I fired it at a local range in my area to get the feel of it. Used up 200 rounds of the 115 grain , had 1 jam-up but it was more due to a bad round. Other than that it chewed up and spa...t out pretty good! more

    November 4, 2013
  • 100

    nice peice
    i have had no issues except for trying to find something wrong with it and cant great gun for the price

    October 28, 2013
  • 100

    Awesome gun
    Got the gun, took it home and cleaned it and went to the range. Never shooting it before shot a 246 on the CHL shooting test.

    October 25, 2013
  • 100

    Worth every Penny
    Got the SD9VE when it was not on sale but it is still a great gun for the price. After putting 300 rounds through it without any issues I decided to improve the trigger pull with the Duty/Carry Spring Kit and the Polymer... SD Action Enhancement Trigger by Apex Tactical Specialties. Dropped the pull weight to slightly above 6 lbs. and reduced the over travel to none. Now I have a $390 gun that shoots like a dream. If you are looking for a quality handgun and are on a budget this pistol is the way to go. more

    October 11, 2013
  • 100

    Great little gun
    This is a great gun for the price. People compare this to Glock which might be a little better gun but SD9VE is about 250$ cheaper. It has pretty heavy trigger but i like it so far. I recommend this gun for everyone spec...ially for those  who look for a good handgun but don't wanna spend too much money.  more

    September 30, 2013
  • 100

    Worth every cent
    I bought this gun in September of 2013 and have only put about 200 rounds through it so far, but it has been perfect in every way. No failures of any kind, and my accuracy with this gun is WAY better than what I get with... my usual carry gun (a Sig P290RS). Easy to break down, easy to clean and maintain--this gun is ideal for anyone who wants a quality handgun but doesn't want to break the bank doing so. more

    September 29, 2013
  • 80

    Good Gun, Little Money
    I have had this gun for a week or so, and have finally had a chance to function test it at the range. I only put 200 rounds through it, but I will tell you what I think so far. Out of the box the gun looks good. It feels... good in your hands. The slide release looks very thin, but works great. The spring tension is about par. There is only a trigger safety, and that is ok with me. The mags load with ease. After all 16 rounds are in the magazine, pulling the slide back to chamber a round is not easy. I chose to start with the slide locked back.  The first shot was dead on. And then I had a failure to feed. I corrected the problem, and started shooting again. There were a few feed and eject problems in the first few magazines. I found the problem to be that the gun was running a little dry. I lubed as per S&Ws instructions, and the six points are not enough. I then oiled this gun as I do all my others and it ran like a champ. No issues. I put 150 round of FMJs, and 50 rounds total of 3 different types of JHPs. Like I said, no issues. Shooting bursts were not a problem, and very controllable. Stripping and cleaning was an easy task. I used the trigger gauge at the range and I had a consistent pull of 8.5 lbs. The trigger was actually better that I thought it would be after reading different reviews. I really like this pistol. I can not afford a $1000.00 gun, and not sure I would buy one if I could. The SD9VE did everything I wanted and expected. I would recommend this gun to someone that wanted their first gun, or the guy with 10. I am glad I made the purchase, and would not hesitate to buy another one.  more

    September 25, 2013
  • 100

    An awesome gun and fit to my hand and no issues on it.

    June 19, 2013
  • 100

    1500 rounds and not a single jam!!! I have attempted limp wristing with various types of ammo and not a single f2f! I am SO happy I bought this over a glock that costs $120+ more and performs just as well. You cant beat ...Academy's price on ti either. This is NOT a sigma, so accept that before approaching this amazingly affordable yet incredible piece! more

    June 6, 2013
  • 80

    Decent pistol, great for the money
    This is a good little pistol. For the money it is great. It is basically a clone of a well known pistol. The hardest thing to get used too is the DAO trigger. But if you dont like it for $25 at apex tactical you can get ...a spring replacement kit and it really helps. more

    May 4, 2013
  • 100

    Excellent gun, excellent brand, excellent price
    I did a bit of research after deciding it's time to own some home protection. After deciding I didn't want to spend $500-700 for some of the upper-line pistols I did my research for a small 9mm that could be ha...ndled easily by my wife. The brand is well-respected and after trying to find a reason for the inexpensive price (to no avail), I settled in on the SD9VE. I wanted to put quite a few rounds through before I wrote a review. At present it has put through about 400 or so 115 grain bullets. Never once a jam or stovepipe, even after going rambo (i.e. rapid-fire) through a couple of clips. The trigger is often ridiculed for its difficulty to pull, but as this is my first handgun I have no lighter-pull triggers to which I can compare. As a result I have in effect "grown up" with this trigger, and I feel it's fine. After my wife (who didn't know about the trigger controversy) fired about 30 shots though it I asked her if she felt it difficult to pull and she replied 'nope'. The safety is built into the trigger, so if you are uncomfortable not having a switch to throw in order to arm your gun, this is not for you. But I agree with what others have said: if your finger is on the trigger, you're ready to fire. The gun is not heavy. Actually I think it feels solid and well balanced. It is easy to disassemble for a thorough cleaning. The slide requires a pretty good grip to pull back for chambering a bullet, so if you are extremely weak or have oily/cold hands it may be a bit difficult. But again, I have no comparison to another gun on this aspect. The only complaint I have is that it is impossible for me to fully load the clip. The spring compresses and requires too much force for me to get the last bullet in. I doubt this is a problem with my gun alone, but whether you actually need that last bullet is a matter of debate. Overall, an excellent gun of which the price you cannot beat. more

    March 23, 2013
  • 100

    Best Budget Gun On Market
    This is by far the best budget gun on the market. I have put around 300 rounds of several different grains, and brands of ammo without an issue. However I did prefer the winchester 115 grain Luger, this ammo produced the... least amount of residue, and smoke. The trigger is a little stiff at 8lbs of pull, forearm was a little sore after 100 or so rounds.. Apex Tactical makes a 5.5lb pull trigger kit. Easy field strip, light weight, accuarate, durable, and affordable. Great for the budget minded, concealed handgun carrier, or home defense user. more

    March 23, 2013
  • 100

    Great semi-automatic for a great price!!!
    I bought this gun last October and I have been to the range several times to shoot it, and let me tell you I was impressed. For being such and inexpensive gun it shot just fine. I have put over 3,000 rounds down range this gun since October and I have not had a single problem with jams or misfires. I would deffinitly recommend this gun to any of my buddies who are looking on the cheap side. more

    March 20, 2013
  • 100

    Great 9mm for those on a budget
    I was in need of a good 9mm, but I did not want to spend a lot of money. I looked at several guns, went home and researched them. For the money I went with the Smith and Wesson SD9VE. I am glad I did. It is a well made g...un, very reliable,and it is made in the U.S.A. I have put about 700 Rounds through mine, of different kinds of ammo, 124 grain 115 grain, hollow points, with no issues. It is light enough for conceal carry, It is a great all purpose gun, and it wont break the bank. If you are looking for a good quality firearm, and do not want to spend a fortune it is for you. more

    January 29, 2013
  • 100

    Great gun for the money!!!
    After a ton of research and almost buying the SR9 I decided to give the SD9VE a shot since I wanted to have money left over for ammo and accessories. This gun get's a bad wrap but I found it to be a great pistol eve...n for $100 more then the $299 I paid. I took it to the range and put 200 rounds of cheap monarch ammo (the only stuff available due to everyone freaking out and buying up all the ammo) and it was flawless. Not one stovepipe and not one misfire. I did not find the trigger to be bad at all once you get used to it. Shot straight and hit the paper every time at 25yds and did even better at closer range. Are there better pistols? Yes, but for the money I don't think you can do better then this S&W. Academy was great and as always has some of the best prices around. more

    January 19, 2013
  • 100

    Nice Piece and Great Price to Boot
    After much thought and plenty of research I decided to purchase this S&W SD 9mm. I was wondering if I made the right choice and after pumping several clips through it at the range I know I made the right choice. I us...ed a few different types of cheaper ammo and did not have one jam or stove pipe. I had nice groupings up close (30ft) and at a good distance. I really like this pistol more and more but was worried because of the no saftey issue however with the double action it should not be a problem. Not hard to squeeze either once you get to know the amount of pressure needed to fire it. The SD stands for self-defense and I would trust this piece with my life. more

    November 2, 2012
  • 100

    Great Gun
    Great gun. My first two clips I put a nice hole in the center of the target from about 30 ft. Good trigger that once you learn where it breaks is very predictable. Put about 250 rounds through it so far. One thing that m...ay be a little negative would be that when you load the magazine with 16 bullets it is very hard and tight so when you pull the slide back to grab a round its tough and scraps the bullet, plus if you have one in the chamber and a full clip the frictions from the slide hitting the bullet in the magazine causes a failure to eject and feed when shooting. I'm sure once the gun is broke in this issue will be resolved though. more

    July 24, 2012
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