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Any experience with the S&W SD9?

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Posted almost 4 years ago

 

I'm looking for a good home defense weapon that can also be used by my wife. She's petite and does not have much hand strength. I was looking at the new S&W SD9 seen here:


http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product4_750001_750051_781001_-1_757962_757752_757751_ProductDisplayErrorView_Y


It is said to be a mix of the sigma and M&P series, so easy to break down and clean, but also gets rid of the extremely heavy trigger pull of the sigma series. I would get the .40 version but I don't think my wife would be able to handle it at this time. I also plan on getting my CCW, so I don't know if this would be a good carry weapon. It looks like it may be a little too big. I love the Walther PPK/S's but I've been told to think about something else by a few people. All of the new ones for the American market are made by S&W right?


Does anyone have any better suggestions? I'm looking for something in the $500-600 range.


I did a search and did not find anything on the SD9 in this forum.

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Rate This | Posted almost 4 years ago

 

The SD 9 is a relativly new weapon I have seen it on the S&W web page but have yet to handle it. I'm sure its a quality weapon, but can I make a suggestion........


Why not get a full size M&P for home defense. Then get a compact M&P for CCW. That way you get used to one syle of weapons and dont have to think about which one you grab if you do need it...........


Or ( I cant belive I'm going to say this ) unless your set on a S&W look into the Glock line . You can get a full size and compact models in which ever caliber you want.


P.S. I have both an M&P and a Glock both, one I own the other I was issued.


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I would like to have the M&P over the SD9, however it is a little out of my price range for now. I'm looking to spend $600 max.


I don't have any experience with glock but I know they make a quality gun and many people like them. I'd consider one if it were the right price.


Ultimately I wan't something that will work for both home defense and CCW. I cannot afford one for each purpose at the moment. But if I can't find anything I like for both I'll just stick with the home defense option and get what ever is best for that.


Thank you for your suggestions!

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Rate This | Posted almost 4 years ago

 

You can conceal a full size weapon with a quality holster if you spend time to research what type you feel is best for you. Another option if you are overly concerned with size is to buy a compact S&W to start, then buy full size mags ( the compact will except full size mags ) and reaserch a company called X Grips. They make a sleve that covers the excess magazine of a full size. That way you have the round capacity for home defense but the size for CCW. Then have a full size mag as a back up while CCW.


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Rate This | Posted almost 4 years ago

 

Hey thanks! I never would have thought of that.

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Rate This | Posted almost 4 years ago

 

S&W did such a crap job with the Sigma series I'd be VERY leary of anything resembling a Sigma.  Maybe they fixed the problems but I am not the type to bet my life on that kind of maybe


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Rate This | Posted almost 4 years ago

 

I have heard horror stories regarding the Sigma series. I would only purchase one handgun to serve as home protection and concealed carry. Glock is the best bang for the buck. I would also advise you to seek the services of a professional instructor for you and your wife. Google any weapon you are interested in for full details and some sites will show video. With the investment take your time and study a variety of handguns.

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Rate This | Posted almost 4 years ago

 

Yes the early model sigma did have problems. I owned a late model sigma and never once had a problem with it. I only sold it to get my M&P. I would take my M&P over any glock. But back to the OP I would not dismiss the new S&W so quickly just based on the early sigma problems.


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I purchased the SD9 back in September at www.budsgunshop.com for only $350.  The S&W site suggests the retail value be $530, so if you ask me that's a pretty good deal.  I just recently brought it to the range, the nice thing is the SD9 has a nice, firm fit in your hand, and the recoil is only slight.  The SD9 and SD40 both come with Trijicon night sights, the front sight post has a glow in the dark dot on it in the event you need to use your pistol in a low-light situation.  It's easy to break down and clean, the breakdown style is similar to a Glock.  I Conceal Carry mine all the time, the frame and slide are slim enough to conceal it and it fits pretty snug in a in the waistband holster inside your pants.  When I carry I load my mags with 147 grain Remington Gold Saber 9mm Hollow Points, I've put about 100 rounds of this ammo through the gun in order to test it out, see if it was reliable for carrying.  I was pretty impressed with the ammo and the gun, not one jam or misfire.  Weight when fully loaded is pretty decent, its not a monster like the Hi-Point pistols.  All in all, this is an excellent weapon and I highly recommend it.  Don't forget to check out BudsGunShop.com, it's where I got mine and that's the cheapest I could find it for!  Good Luck!

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Rate This | Posted over 3 years ago

 

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I purchased the SD9 back in September at www.budsgunshop.com for only $350.  The S&W site suggests the retail value be $530, so if you ask me that's a pretty good deal.  I just recently brought it to the range, the nice thing is the SD9 has a nice, firm fit in your hand, and the recoil is only slight.  The SD9 and SD40 both come with Trijicon night sights, the front sight post has a glow in the dark dot on it in the event you need to use your pistol in a low-light situation.  It's easy to break down and clean, the breakdown style is similar to a Glock.  I Conceal Carry mine all the time, the frame and slide are slim enough to conceal it and it fits pretty snug in a in the waistband holster inside your pants.  When I carry I load my mags with 147 grain Remington Gold Saber 9mm Hollow Points, I've put about 100 rounds of this ammo through the gun in order to test it out, see if it was reliable for carrying.  I was pretty impressed with the ammo and the gun, not one jam or misfire.  Weight when fully loaded is pretty decent, its not a monster like the Hi-Point pistols.  All in all, this is an excellent weapon and I highly recommend it.  Don't forget to check out BudsGunShop.com, it's where I got mine and that's the cheapest I could find it for!  Good Luck!



  I'm pretty sure most people are aware Trijicon Nights Sights are a glow in dark dot.  Thinking you shouldnt have mentioned Hi Point at all. 


FYI, MSRP is almost always jacked up from what its actually sold for


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Rate This | Posted over 3 years ago

 

 Thank you everyone for your input! I've had to put off buying a weapon for now, Christmas cleaned us out haha. I've finally picked up a new job so hopefully I'll have a little more to spend on a weapon now. Still considering at the SD9 for home and I'll be looking for duty and backup weapons in the next year or two (finishing school)


 


I'll add a little to the Sigma info. I almost bought one off of someone I knew a couple years ago. It broke down easy, was easy to clean and even though the trigger pull was very hard I never had a problem firing it. I put about 50 rounds through it and it never jammed. IMO it's a good/cheap entry level gun but I wouldn't use it for anything other than taking it to the firing range. However the feel reflects the price, cheap.