SD9 initial impressions

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    SD9 initial impressions

    Last week I picked up an SD and the whole home defense package deal, it was $450 otd from my local Gunstore. About the gun, it is honestly is one of my favorite shooting 9's to date (this includes by not limited to SR9c, M&P, CZ75, 226, Baby eagle, etc) due to the ergonmics, and lack of recoil. No issues from it so far. Time will tell, but I expect none.

    Compared to the M&P (fullsize), there is a size difference, with the SD being slightly smaller. There are no adjustable back straps, but the grip is VERY comfortable, and has a natural pointing nature. The slide appears to ride a little higher on the frame, but the gun still has very manageable (light even) recoil. The gun comes with a front night site, and the rear is a factory M&P sight. The trigger is a bit stiffer than the M&P, but it is not heavy and has a relatively short reset. My trigger has only gotten better with every pull.

    Compared to the Ruger SR9c, which I have had the please to shoot many times as my father owns one, you may notice slightly less recoil (imo), and a little better ergonomics. I prefer the trigger in the SD9, as I have problems with reset on the SR9c. I would say however that the two pistols are evenly matched at their respected price point (around $400).

    I love mine, and it has become my new EDC. Here are a few quick snaps to show it in comparision to my PK380, and that is fits in the same holster, a N8^2 compact model holster.





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    Was wondering when someone would review this SD line. Very well may be my next purchase, thanks for the review.

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    I think this is one of the best bargain handguns made.
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    I think you got a nice pistol but at $450 you overpaid a little. What was in the "home defense" package?
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    The Home Defense package comes with a Nano NV200 safe, and a Smith and Wesson Micro 90 weapons light. It also came with another magazine, but I would assume the gun itself comes with 2.

    In reguards to the price I paid, if you add the retail value of the two other items (the Micro 90 at $65 Smith & Wesson Micro 90 Tactical Weapon Mounted Flashlight White LED with Battery (1 CR2 lithium) Polymer Black - MidwayUSA, and the safe $22 from 2-GVNV200 - GunVault NV200 Nanovault Safe 9.5"x6.5"x1.75" with Cable and Key Lock Black), the price of the pistol come out to about $360. I think this is very reasonable, and honestly after shooting the gun, feel it by itself is worth $450, not to mention the other two items.

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    Congrats on your new pistol! Every review of the SD's I have read are positive.

    My very first pistol was an SD40 last year. I paid $420 out the door including a box of ammo. The SD is definitely NOT an updated SIGMA like so many claim. It still has a heavy DOA trigger and is not near as good as the trigger on my M&P. My SD40 fed reliably and never gave me an issue. Easy to take down, easy to clean, and just ran. I did not like the ergo's on the grip though, I always found I had to re-grip to get a good purchase on the gun. It was for this reason I sold it. If S&W had given it adjustable backstraps like the M&P, I would have kept it.

    All in all the SD is a good, reliable pistol and can be had for $329 or less if you look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El_Chupacabr View Post
    The Home Defense package comes with a Nano NV200 safe, and a Smith and Wesson Micro 90 weapons light. It also came with another magazine, but I would assume the gun itself comes with 2.

    In reguards to the price I paid, if you add the retail value of the two other items (the Micro 90 at $65 Smith & Wesson Micro 90 Tactical Weapon Mounted Flashlight White LED with Battery (1 CR2 lithium) Polymer Black - MidwayUSA, and the safe $22 from 2-GVNV200 - GunVault NV200 Nanovault Safe 9.5"x6.5"x1.75" with Cable and Key Lock Black), the price of the pistol come out to about $360. I think this is very reasonable, and honestly after shooting the gun, feel it by itself is worth $450, not to mention the other two items.
    I stand corrected. That is a OK deal. Well done!
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    played with one at my local GS a while back: Impressions? Very thin feeling.....great trigger, even with the added home defense setup.....I could be very happy with one of these as my EDC if I was in the market.....great improvement over the Sigma, but not quite M&P quality. All in all, like C Hawk said, a great value in a defense pistol. Would love to get a chance to shoot one and compare to the M&P.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zonker1986 View Post
    Would love to get a chance to shoot one and compare to the M&P.
    They are not near as accurate as the M&P, at least that was my experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smolck View Post
    They are not near as accurate as the M&P, at least that was my experience.
    I have to disagree with that. Upon inspection today at the local gun store(eagle guns in concord nc), it seems the SD may come with the same barrel as the M&P. It is possible that you shoot the M&P better due to the lighter trigger.

    Here is a picture from today, all failure to stops (minus the group in the upper left on the eagle) from 7 and 15 yards (yes I need work lol). Round was Federal Champion 115gr, and there are 100 rounds on paper. Very happy, and getting used to the trigger.

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