IMG_3388More like a post dedicated to sharing a YouTube video of the handgun review I did, but a gun review nonetheless.

The Smith & Wesson SD9 VE and SD40 VE series of self defense pistols were released last year in order to cram as many high quality features as possible into the least expensive package as possible. The lineage started out a bit shaky with the S&W Sigma pistols and then on to the SW series. But taking the “best” (if that’s possible) features from it’s previous two ancestors and linking it with the shooter friendly features of the M&P series, the SD9 and SD40 pistols were born.

Without being a total spoiler, I believe Smith & Wesson succeeded. As a matter of fact, because of the price and performance coupled with ease of use, I believe this 9mm handgun is a phenomenal option for a bug-out-bag or a 3 day pack of sorts. And if it’s all you can afford, BUY IT AND CARRY IT!

Here are some bullet point thoughts regarding my assessment of the Smith & Wesson SD9 VE.

  • Literally looks like the love child of a S&W M&P series and an old Sigma and SW series pistols.
  • Same size as a Glock 19 or an M&P9.
  • Feels like an M&P minus changeable back straps. And it does feel GREAT in the hand.
  • Solid 8 pound double action trigger. VASTLY improved over the Sigma triggers of old. And as good or better than most M&P.
  • No manual safety. Big waste of time, parts, speed, etc.
  • Textured index/memory points on the frame forward of the trigger guard with feel that matches the grip. Which is actually a little slick. If you’re into DIY I’d stipple the textured parts of the grip to be much more aggressive.
  • ACCURATE. Smooth shooter too. The trigger is still heavy compared to most but it was not a distraction. Accurate to point of aim right out of the box too.
  • Boringly RELIABLE. Just a tad under 400 rounds spread out over a few months (We at HoG have been feeling the ammo pinch too) and no failures of any kind.
  • Field strip is stupid simple. How simple? This thing is a Glock when it comes to take down. To a “T”.
  • Comes with TWO (2) magazines! Which is my expected minimum from any pistol these days. Budget or Bankrupting.
  • It’s a $325(ish) handgun. That’s a budget gun if I’ve ever seen one. For the features and performance it could easily cost $100 more. If you can afford a Hi-Point at $125, you can afford to save up a couple extra months to get an SD9 VE.
  • ZERO ambidextrous features. If that matters to you move on.
  • Some plastic/polymer parts. Sights, guide rod, take down lever.

The video below (only 4:58 short) shows the SD9 VE in action. Pictured above & below with the Inforce APL (Auto Pistol Light).


Shown with the Inforce APL (Auto Pistol Light).

Shown with the Inforce APL (Auto Pistol Light).



2 Responses to S&W SD9 VE – The BEST Budget 9mm???

  1. Paul Cochran says:

    I have one of these since April this year and I completely agree with you man. It’s one hell of a gun. I love it!

  2. jim says:

    Best 9 for the money

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