Smith & Wesson SD9 and SD40 Pistols


On S&W’s website – HERE

Details in the PDF Brochure – HERE

Someone tell me why I should care about these? They look like a Sigma crossed with a M&P.  Interesting how S&W chose not to design these with removable backstraps.

Maybe the “Self Defense Trigger” (SDT) is the selling point?   Who knows … anything would be an improvement on that scratchy mushy M&P trigger.  The design of this “new” trigger looks the same with the joint right in the middle, so I’m not holding my breath in anticipation of it being awesome.  I’ll hold further judgment until I try it out someday though.

The price is predictable … both have an MSRP of $530

Thanks but no thanks… For now I’ll be sticking with Glock to fulfill my polymer pistol needs.



KevinB May 8, 2010 at 10:41 am

Yawn is right. I like my S&W revolvers, but you won’t see me switching to them for their polymer pistols until they come out with something that isn’t a 2nd rate copy.


Teknix May 8, 2010 at 11:12 am

I like them. I have a Sigma and really like it! I’ve done a few mods to fix the heavy trigger on it though but once I did it shoots great. These look like an upgraded sigma. I’d imagine they will be selling for a lot cheaper than the MSRP.


Bill May 8, 2010 at 12:00 pm

I agree yawn but like in all good marketing, you can try to the uninitiated. Do I spy a place on the frame ahead of the trigger to reinforce the prevailing thumbs forward grip in hopes of usurping the teacup style?


Admin (Mike) May 8, 2010 at 11:45 pm

hehe yea or as S&W call it, a “Textured finger locator”


Bill May 9, 2010 at 07:07 am

Hey – at least they are doing something active to show shooters where their thumb should be.


cmblake6 May 8, 2010 at 03:44 pm

All I saw was a new Sigma. Not a bad piece, but not at S&W prices.


Topher February 8, 2012 at 04:34 am

Had a Sigma and hated it. I agree, it looks like a Sigma/M&P hybrid. I see nothing with this Self Defense pistol that makes me want to go out and drop five bills and some change. Smith just hasn’t designed the next best polymer pistol. What they have come up with are three mediocre, overpriced polymer pistols.


Mike June 13, 2012 at 09:24 pm

Glocks suck, you’re a dumbass


Olschool December 5, 2012 at 09:52 pm

I tested a glock and it felt like it was made for a woman. The damn thing was too short for my hand and felt funny. I had a Sigma 40 and naver had any trouble until the last time i went to the range. The slide didnt lock back, and it started to shoot low. Sent it back today. To replace it I got the SD9, love the way it feels and cant wait to shoot it. If glocks didnt feel so funny in my hand I would get one. The SD9 fits my hand, and to me thats what counts.


Rick March 8, 2013 at 02:50 pm

I have a S&W SD40ve tried to fix the hard trigger pull but they are not the same set up as the sigma and that is the only video I can find can some one help me


Randy November 28, 2016 at 08:19 am

I have an SD9 VE that I got over a year ago. I shoot every Saturday and it has been flawless. Not one single FTF or FTE. I can shoot a one inch grouping at 30 ft with it. I paid 289.00 for it and I see no way that a 550.00 Glock can outperform something that performs perfectly. I guess of course there is that “well I only own Glocks because I’m special” thing but some of us have more brains than money.



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