Today we got a .40 cal to review. Not as powefull as a .50 but sure enough this pistol punches some holes for sure
RELIABILITY: This Smith and Wesson Sigma SW40VE pistol review will be based on a collection of feedback from many different users. First of all, for those worried about jamming, let’s just say that many SW40VE pistol owners have shot THOUSANDS of rounds through their pistol without problems with jamming. So, right out of the box, most people find that this pistol performs very well. You will find that some experienced gun owners will recommend taking any brand new pistol and breaking it down for a good cleaning. After a thorough cleaning and light lube (NOT too much oil), many have found this simple preventative maintenance can help many auto pistols work even more reliably. Occasionally, new guns can have residue left over from manufacturing or just have too much lube applied from the factory. Cleaning this out and lightly lubricating critical areas can make things work more smoothly – especially a brand new semi-automatic gun that has not yet been broken in.
ACCURACY: Many owners have found the Sigma to be a good, accurate pistol. As with any hand gun with a short barrel, you can not expect it to shoot with the accuracy of a long barrel rifle or revolver. It’s just a simple issue of ballistics and physics. A longer barrel will yield better accuracy. But, for it’s intended purpose (short range defense) the Sigma SW40VE does a good job at getting the job done. Many people have reported good accuracy and stated that they would stake their life on it as a concealed carry self defense pistol. And that’s the real issue here…. the Sigma’s 4″ barrel was not designed to be a firearm used for hunting wild game at long range! This is all very obvious to most gun owners, but occasionally you get someone inexperienced that expects a compact, concealed-carry type of pistol to shoot as accurate as a high powered hunting rifle. If you set your expectations accurately, then you will get a more accurate assessment of a gun’s ability. The overall message is that the Sigma 40 is plenty accurate in the hands of a competent shooter. Obviously, no gun (no matter how good it is) can make up for an inexperienced shooter.
- Specifications -
- Caliber: .40 Smith & Wesson
- Action: recoil operated semi-automatic
- Length: 7.625 in
- Width: 1.25 in
- Height: 5.5 in
- Magazine Capacity: 15 rounds
- Barrel Length: 4.25 in
- Rifling: 5-grooves, RH twist
- Trigger: single-action
- Sights: dove-tailed front and rear 3-dot
- Weight without magazine: 22.4 oz
- Weight with empty magazine: 27.4 oz
- Weight Loaded (1+15 rd magazine): 35.1 oz
- Features -
- Zytel polymer frame.
- Embedded stainless steel chassis.
- Accessory rail.
- Reversible magazine catch.
- Three interchangeable palmswell grip sizes.
- Slide and barrel Black Melonite finish.
The M&P is indeed a fun gun to shoot. It has an extremely comfortable grip and a more-than-adequate grip tang to protect your hand. The perceived recoil is unusually light, especially for a polymer framed 40 caliber pistol. The 15 round magazine puts a lot more fun between reloads.
The white 3-dot sights were easy to see, and made target acquisition quick. At 7 yards I could easily keep within a 5 inch grouping, but I found it impossible to stay in the black at 25 yards, although I did stay on the target. Still, I found the M&P to be a very respectable tactical weapon.
I found the loaded chamber “indicator” to be somewhat useless. I was impossible to see into the breech hole in low light conditions, and took to much time to align and look even in decent light conditions. I found It was quicker to just pull the slide open a bit to see copper in the loaded chamber, although this was a two-handed effort.
Our initial issues with this particular sample not withstanding, when it came to from, function and shooting experience, the score ended up in the plus column. This gun is a definite keeper in our collection, indeed worth its value.
Intresting video to mod your own Sigma.