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Living in the great state of Mass.leaves one with a limited choice of new handguns to purchase..So I was wondering if anyone had any comment on the S&W Sigma series pistols.. Good or bad ??
Was thinking about a Glock but there are no new guns to be sold here only referbs,mostly police trade ins I believe..
Thanks for your opinions and experiences.. Will go looking this weekend I think..
 

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Bompa,

When they work, they work well.

When they don't it's extremely hard to get them to run right.

I would not buy unless you plan on using it only for plinking.

Josh <><
 
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Bompa,

When they work, they work well.

When they don't it's extremely hard to get them to run right.

I would not buy unless you plan on using it only for plinking.

Josh <><
I concur.
 

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Hello,

If it's not to much trouble, tell us what's on the list, and we will try to help you pick a good one.

FWIW: I've handled a S&W Sigma, and I'll pass. The S&W Model 910/915 9mm is a pretty good pistol for the money, is it on the list?

Take Care,
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bompa,

My bride has had a Sigma 9mm for a number of years. Tried to steer her in another direction, but this was her choice. Not mine.
We had two failures to feed in the first magazine. Since then it has fed everything we've fed it. Wife likes the 17 round magazine, but usually carries her 3" Model 60...go figure.
Guess I would try to shoot the pistol first, if possible. If up to me I'd go Glock 19 and not look back...

Wes
 

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Bompa,
I would go with a factory re-finished police trade-in before I'd buy a Sigma, but it's your money and your choice.

Glock puts in all new internals in the police trade-ins before they put them back out on the market. Most of them were carried alot and hardly shot. They are actually a good buy.
 

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Thanks guys..Now I am not sure what to do,guess I will still look at the Sigma,new, along with the Glock,used,
but will be picky..
At the moment that is the list and it will be a range and game gun.. Don't carry often and when I do it is either a Colt Pony or a Kel-tec P-11..
Just want something a bit different than the 1911,BHP,and CZ and haven't added to the family in quite a while.. No need just want..
 
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Hello,

I can't speak about the Sigma 9mm specifically, but I've got a Sigma 40VE in .40 S&W and I really like it.

When I bought it, I was actually looking at several different pistols, including both a GLOCK 22 and 23. But, I've owned many S&Ws in my life and I've never had a problem of any kind with any of them, so I decided to give the Sigma a try.

GLOCKS just don't feel right in my hand. I've tried to adjust to the odd feeling of them, but it's just the way it is. However, the Sigma feels like it was custom made for my hand. The quality of the internals, the black polymer frame, and the stainless slide (including the three dot sights) are excellent, and the same can be said of the two mags that came with it as well as the two high caps I received free from the factory after the purchase.

Another important aspect to me about the Sigma is that S&W is again (Thank God) an American-owned company. Some people may think I'm old fashioned for having that attitude, but that's their problem and not mine. I make no apologies for buying American.

Some say that the Sigma is just a ripoff of the GLOCK, but I disagree. I think they have a better design overall, especially in the frame. Others claim that the Sigmas have 'problems' of one kind or another, and that may be true of some of their earlier designs. However, It's been my personal experience that there is more talk than actual evidence to support those claims, especially concerning the later models like the VEs.

To me, the Sigma was an easy choice. Better feel, better design, better quality, better price (by far), good factory support, and to top it off, American made by a company that has long been a favorite of mine. What was the downside? I don't regret buying mine, and I feel pretty sure I'll buy another someday when the right opportunity arises.

These are strictly my opinions, just as are any comments you may hear or read from anyone else. But as far as I'm concerned, I give the Sigma 40VE an A+ rating.

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To bompa and anyone else who may be interested,

It's Friday A.M. (3-18-2005), and I just got back from my favorite bookstore. I picked up the May/June issue of American Handgunner. Among the articles inside is one about the S&W Sigmas. Several pics and some information about their history, etc., along with a 'torture test' report.

They're preaching to the choir with me because I'm already a fan of the line, but it's still good reading. Just thought I'd let everyone know about it...

Redskin204
 

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The new issue of American Handgunner's sister magazine, Guns, also has an article on the Sigmas. Same author, slightly different content (I wasn't too impressed when they both showed up in my mailbox yesterday- feeling a little ripped off here ). You might want to look at them both. :)
 
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