Smith & Wesson SD9 VE

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Summary: The description, specs, photo, pricing and user ratings for the Smith & Wesson SD9 VE pistol.

Manufacturer’s Description

The Smith & Wesson (S&W) SD9 VE pistol is built on a black polymer frame with a stainless slide and barrel and chambered in 9mm. This VE model is slightly different than S&W’s original SD9 model. Reportedly, with the VE the company has removed some of the premium features found on the original to lower the price. Features removed include the melonite finish on the slide (it’s now stainless) and the tritium night sights (the VE offers a standard white three-dot arrangement).

Features retained include:

  • an 18-degree point of aim;
  • striker fired action;
  • a self-defense trigger (SDT) for optimal,  consistent pull first round to last;
  • a picatinny-style rail;
  • a slim, ergonomic, textured grip;
  • a textured finger locator;
  • aggressive front and back strap texturing; and
  • front and rear slide serrations.

Note: S&W now offers a California-compliant version of this pistol, the SD9 VE CA Compliant. This model includes a tacticle loaded chamber indicator and a 10-round-only magazine.

The Specs

Caliber Capacity OAL BBL Width Weight
9mm 16+1, 10+1 7.2″ 4″ 1.29″ 22.7


MSRP: $379

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6 thoughts on “Smith & Wesson SD9 VE

  1. steve robb

    i have this gun love how it feels in my hand nice smooth recoil.

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  2. mlk18

    Don’t confuse this gun with the original S&W Sigma. While it is made up of design features found on the SW9VE and the M&P, it is very much its own design. The trigger is heavier than an M&P but much lighter than a Sigma, plus it can be upgrade with an Apex spring kit ($20) that makes it similar to a stock Glock trigger. The build quality is to notch and the ergonomics are awesome. This is without question THE best sub-$400 9mm on the market.

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  3. Bmajoros

    Quality gun. Easy to shoot, light recoil, Apex kit will make the pull under 4# quick reset. Sixteen rounds with a double stack. It is not a Sigma, a smooth firing pistol.

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  4. TominCA

    The gun is a great value for the money. Works good (had a few problems with premature slide lockback with some ammo) and does the job for not much money. Feels great in the hand, but has a HORRIBLE 8 plus pound creepy trigger. I put in the Apex spring which dropped it to about 6 lbs on my spring gauge and made it much better. Need an economical nightstand or truck gun? This is it!

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  5. Andy

    Have the SD9VE , better ergonomics than a Glock for me , the trigger pull does not bother me as I carried revolvers when I worked as a deputy Sheriff , used to the heavy trigger pulls , nice handgun for the money .

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  6. Peter

    The SD9VE is a nice gun – if you like a totally horrible trigger that’s heavy as hell, gritty as sand and doesn’t break until you’ve basically run it back against the grip. I tried the Apex trigger kit on it and it didn’t do jack. I promptly sold it only to buy another one after hearing about another aftermarket trigger kit made by Garrison. I put that one in and was sorely disappointed once again. The only thing it changed was the pull weight. These spring kits for the Sigma 2.0 (that’s what this thing is) are like putting lipstick on a pig.

    IIRC, I bought the SD9VE when it first came out in 2010. I can’t believe that S&W is still making this pile of junk and selling for $80 more than what I paid for it.

    Long story short, I bought a Taurus PT111 G2 for less money which outshoots and outperforms the SD9VE and has an infinitely better trigger and I couldn’t be happier. I loved it so much that I also bought its younger brother, the PT709 that also puts the S&W Shield to shame.

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