Smith & Wesson Introduces New SD9 VE & SD40 VE Pistols

New Self Defense Handguns Offer High-Grade Features at Affordable Price Point.

S&W SD40 VE Low Capacity Pistol
S&W SD40 VE Low Capacity Pistol
Smith and Wesson
Smith and Wesson

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--( Smith & Wesson Corp. today announced that it has unveiled two new handgun models designed to assist with self protection and home defense needs. Chambered in 9mm and .40 S&W, the new Smith & Wesson SD9 VE™ and SD40 VE™ semi-automatic pistols combine value with enhanced features that deliver top-grade performance into a reliable option for both home and personal protection uses.

Mario Pasantes, Smith & Wesson’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Global Professional Sales, said, “With the introduction of the new SD9 VE and SD40 VE pistols, we have taken the best features of the SD and Sigma pistols and evolved them into a new generation of firearms that meet our customers’ requirement in terms of both functionality and price.”

The foundation of each SD VE pistol is based on a lightweight polymer frame, designed to deliver in the areas of comfort and durability. On the stainless steel slide, the SD VE pistol features a distinctive two-tone finish along with aggressive front and rear slide serrations for improved firearm handling. Among the key features found on the Smith & Wesson SD9 VE and SD40 VE is the Self Defense Trigger (SDT™). Providing a smooth, consistent trigger pull, the SDT design helps to enhance accuracy while providing users with increased confidence. To further aid in accuracy, the SD VE is standard with a white-dot front sight and a white two-dot rear sight.

For optimal comfort and control, the SD VE pistol has been fitted with an 18° natural point of aim, ergonomic grip with aggressive front and back strap texturing. The Smith & Wesson SD9 VE and SD40 VE have both been built with a textured finger locator, which is placed directly above the trigger guard on the left and right side of the frame. Underneath the barrel, a universal Picatinny-style equipment rail is standard for optional tactical lights, lasers and other popular accessories.

The SD9 VE is available with either a 16+1 or 10+1 round capacity while the SD40 VE is standard with either a 14+1 or 10+1 magazine capacity. Both pistols have an unloaded weight of 22.7 ounces and a slender width of 1.29 inches. With a 4-inch barrel and an overall length of 7.2 inches, both models are fully compatible for personal protection or home defense measures. Each pistol comes with two magazines and the Smith & Wesson lifetime service policy.

The SD9 VE and SD40 VE have a suggested retail price of $379 and are currently shipping. For more information on the SD VE pistols, please visit

A number of high-quality accessories are available for the SD series. A partial list of accessory manufacturers follows. Please contact these or any of your favorites to inquire about availability: LaserMax®, LaserLyte, Crimson Trace, Galco Holsters, Fobus Holsters & Pouches, DeSantis Gunhide® and BLACKHAWK!.

S&W SD9 VE Low Capacity Pistol
S&W SD9 VE Low Capacity Pistol

About Smith & Wesson
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC) is a U.S.-based leader in firearm manufacturing and design, delivering a broad portfolio of quality firearms, related products and training to the global military, law enforcement, and consumer markets. The company’s brands include Smith & Wesson, M&P and Thompson/Center Arms. Smith & Wesson facilities are located in Massachusetts and Maine. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to

  • 93 thoughts on “Smith & Wesson Introduces New SD9 VE & SD40 VE Pistols

    1. I bought the SD40 VE yesterday. Went to the range with several types of ammo. The gun would not run anything but round nose ammo. Luckily, I had purchased some Pow’r ball which ran flawlessly. All others, including truncated nose fmj and normal hollow points had consistant ftf problems. LGS guys said it was the design with a very small feed ramp that caused the ftf’s. It did hit at point of aim and recoil was not bad at all.

        1. I’ve had mine since Black Friday last year so 4 months now. I shoot it every Saturday and have not had one single failure of any kind and I shoot whatever ammo is on sale. I can shoot the center out of a target at 15-20 yards. It’s light weight. I can carry it in a IWB holster in the small of my back or on my side. It breaks down for cleaning just like a Glock. I see absolutely no reason to pay more for a Glock when this gun is performing flawlessly. Glockofiles have more money than sense sometimes.

    2. I went to the range with my friend who has a piece of **** glock,I tried to fire it but it wouldn’t fire so I threw it on the ground and stomped on it and offered to buy him a Smith & Wesson,he took me up on my offer and left the glock in a mudhole.Everybody laughed at the stupid glock.

    3. My other friend’s glock exploded while he was firing it and blew his hand off,I hate glocks and the stupid trigger pull on them.

    4. I paid a guy $50. to haul my stupid glock away.The trigger was to light for my manly hands and stupid glock wouldn’t fix it.

    5. i got both the sd40ve and the sd9ve the price was right but after having the guns one week and only 50 rounds they had to go back to smith and wesson.the 9mm the trigger pin came out and the 40 jammed and the barrel was messed up on i have had very bad luck with them.

    6. SD9 new shot 2 times and trigger pin falling out- their service said send it back they will fix it in 3 weeks or so, what a joke i just bought it and that happens. i told them they should supply superglue with their new guns if thats the quality they produce at their factory.

    7. I bought the sd9ve about 2 months ago since then I have put a variety of over 2000 Rds through it, it has not jammed once and after breaking it in, the trigger pull is right on, for the price smith and wesson did a excellent job, I wouldn’t ever go with a different name

      1. Hey Steve or whoever can help me out I bought some magtech ammo and it kept getting jammed anyone know of any ammo that’s better for the SDVE 40 that will work and not get jammed thanks

        1. Remington 180 gr.Works perfectly…Had jams with American Eagle, Freedom Ammunitions..Also had trouble with HP rounds except for the Remington brand.

      2. I bought the sd9 ve gone through over 500 rounds no problems love the gun I bought the sd40 ve have not been able to run some rounds through it yet but hopping it goes good

      3. Days wat I’m tlkin bwt bru I just got mines 2 n its gud ready for action best gun so for 2 me doe everybody got their own opinion UK but I aye I love mines call it my Lil bro ……

    8. I bought the SD9 VE about a month ago. I put about 500 rounds through it and haven’t had an issue yet. It fires like a dream. I bought mine from the PX for a really good price.

    9. I picked up one of these from my local gun shop a couple weeks ago.. I am very impressed. Great gun for the price. I have put 200 rounds through it with no malfunctions. Highly recommend!

    10. Ive recently purchased a the SD40 havent fired it yet but on my way to in a bit I see some of you have had issuse with it any advice guys

    11. I am getting the sd40 this Saturday for my bday and can’t wait. My friend has the old model and I love it. So I know I’m going to really love this one. I’m already considering buying another one and having 2 of them.

    12. I bought an SD40 yesterday, and I am having FTF issues with it constantly. I bought a box of PMC ammo with it, so I will try a different type of round. But so far this annoying me.

      1. Jacob. I would recommend using a slightly stronger guide rod spring (up to 20 lbs) that will push the spent round out “strong” and if you put the spring kit in for the trigger housing, it will also have a stronger spring to load the next round. It’s worked GREAT for me and I did it myself. Just one thing: WATCH the video on’s video and DO NOT do anything to the trigger housing as it needs nothing done to it.

    13. i bought sd40ve 2weeks ago ive put 200 rounds through it no proublems at all very accurate gun for the money i think im going to buy the sd9 ve

    14. I have a SD9 VE which I purchased 2 months ago. I have fired several hundred rounds of various ammo. No problems to date. I liked it so well I purchased a another in a 40 cal. just like it. These are quality shooters, don’t be afraid to buy one, I did and am glad to have two of them now. I carry mine concealed in a Tommy Theis IWB holster daily.

    15. I just bought the s&w sd40 ve today. I put over 100 rounds in it and had no problems, whatsoever. It never jammed. I only paid 299 for mine, new. Its easy to take apart, clean, and put back together. Well worth the money so far! thanks Smith & Wesson!

    16. I recently won the lottery and purchased 100 glocks and destroyed them so stupid people wouldn’t buy them and get hurt with them,glocks are no good and should be taken off the market.

      1. Really hahaha sounds to me like you just enjoy to trash talk glocks i have a s&w sd40ve and it shoots ok hasn’t jammed yet but have had some issues getting it to feed the first round sometimes so next time how about keeping your slander to a minimum your phony comments help no one.

    17. Hey, quit raging on the Glocks. I found 100 of them that had been destroyed, I melted them down and they make great door stops.

    18. OWN BOTH… I have put the far below BS number %age of rounds a person claims to put through their weapon. Usually with assault weapons people say “I have put THOUSANDS of rounds through my weapon” yea yea…. I have put literally the same amount of amount through both weapons and guess what… they both performed the exact same… No misfires, no failure to feeds, no jamz… The Police officers I know who carry these LOVE them. Of course we can argue about them being cheap clones of Glock 17/19s etc… but I have both of those to… perform wonderful… I love them and the S9VE is my main carry weapon.

    19. Ihave the SD 40 VE hsd some FTF seny it in S&W switch out the barrel and now she shoots like a dream no prob anf for 299 out the door cant beat it i love the gun

    20. I have. SD40VE and I put about 200rounds of blazer brass fmj 180 grain flat nose with no problems at all do far , I’m not a expert on guns This is my first one actually , I plan on buying more don’t have a lot of money so I have to keep them in a low price range but I don’t want junk either , any suggestions on hunting style rifles and decent 1911 , I do know they are quite costly but I want one doesnt have to be fancy.

      1. If you looking to get a 1911, you can look at American Tactical. They make good solid guns for a very low price. Like anything else you will have good and bad things said about it,. I did my research, bought one for about 440 bucks, and I like mine. You do the homework and make a decision yourself. Good price and left me money in my pocket,

    21. I’ve shot over 500 rounds through my new sd9 without a single problem. Dead on aim, great feel, reasonable price. I would definetly recommend it to anyone.

    22. Just picked up the 9. 200 rounds 1 misfire. Had to be a bum round. ZPOI is a bit left. Sight is just off center. Still love it. Neverfear noons. Just buy it!

    23. Picked up the 40 yesterday and put some federal round nose and Speer hollow point through it. No issues with either ammo, sights were right on. If you do your part it will do its part.

    24. I bought a new SD9VE just before Christmas and have fired about 200 flawless rounds of Winchester white box 115’s through it. I am very pleased with the accuracy and reliability thus far. If these first 200 rounds are an indication of things to come, then I am looking forward to owning and shooting this gun. At this point I would recommend anybody looking for a gun to seriously consider the SD9VE.

    25. I know its just a personal issue, but I cant stand glocks and glock wanna-be’s. Sorry, pretty gun, but give me a 92FS 1911 or a desert eagle any day. Grats on your christmas, hope it was merry.

    26. I purchased my SD9VE the week before Christmas and have put right at 500 flawless rounds through this weapon. I used to pass my CCW permit in TN hitting 48 of 50 shots on target.

      I love the feel and the trigger has really smoothed out well. I believe I got luck but my trigger tested on average between 6.5lbs & 7lbs out of the box.

      It eats everything I put through it and trust the weapon with my life… which is why it will be on my hip via the Little FoxX Hybrid Holster as soon I receive my actual permit in the mail.

      This is an excellent defense weapon regardless of the price. S&W is proving you don’t have to spend $600 plus to own a great pistol.

    27. I have mixed feelings on the SD40 I own. I have put about 350 rounds through it and have had more jams than I would expect. I have only used flat nose ammo in it so I might try to find some round nose. The feed ramp is not good for flat nose and hallow point ammo. Other then that the gun feels good in my hand, easy to tare down and shoots ok. It was also a great price at Vance’s in Columbus. It was around 275 and a little over 300 out the door. So how can you go wrong with a S&W for 275 and it’s made in America. So take that for what it’s worth. Overall the gun is nice, but it needs a better feed ramp and the trigger pull could be a little lighter.

    28. I bought a sd40 ve last weekend and have out about 250 rounds threw it and I have used flat nose and fmj with no issues. I would have to say for the price it is worth every penny.

    29. Purchased my SD9VE couple months now and have shot over 400 rounds with not a single jam. Trigger pulls great, who needs hairline, my patience is already a hairline trigger. No malfunctions and SD9 does not care if you clean it or not, you can fire 2000 rounds w/o cleaning and still fire like it is brand new. Recently got a 30 round mag and now clean it daily because I love the smell of oil on metal.

    30. My girlfriend bought me the sd40ve for me for christmas this year and it is absolutly the best gun I have shot but I don’t use jackeded rounds but I have fired close to 500 rounds thru it not a single jam or messed up chambering of a round its a great gun and the recoil isn’t all that bad either great gun

    31. bought a little over a yr ago, sd40ve, can’t say enough good things about this gun. No FTF, FTE, this thing has functioned flawlessly, and is a breeze to break down and clean.
      use this for my HD and every day carry, I have no reason not to trust this gun with me and my family’s life.
      Great Handgun.

    32. The wife and I went out to shoot our sd40ve’s yesterday (I purchased 2 of these guns. The first time the wife fired her gun, it jammed. About 3-4 months later, we went to the range again. The second time my wife fired her weapon, the round exploded and shrapnel came out of the chamber and hit my wife in her upper lip. Had to go to the emergency room. Half of her upper lipped is burned and she also has a big whole from where the ER pulled a 1/4″ piece of sharpnel out of her lip. Crazy!! I will be selling both of these guns.

    33. I Bought an s&w sd9 ve……. Daaaaaaa best gun i owned next to the glock 23 believe me I been thru a few thousands rounds more like 5000 rounds And no f/><# ups …….I go to the range and show the sd9 no love or remorse by firing it like an A/k and it dont back down The sd9 ve is a high 10 for home and self defense

    34. I have been using a S&W SD40VE for over a year. The only problem I had was the trigger spring which I replaced making the trigger pull at 4.5 to 5 lbs. and very smooth. I would not trade it for anything.

      S&W SD40 VE Pistol

      1. i bought my sd9ve about 5 months ago, and since then have put around 5000 round through it all different kinds of ammo with different loads,different brands, and all, and have had only one issue, and that was i kept running out of ammo. Bummer i know. i love this gun trigger is perfect (my opinion) easy to handle very light. if i could go back to that day and buy a gun i would buy the sd9ve every single time.

        1. Hi Kirk,
          My husband has the SD9VE and I wanted to get him an IWB holster for his birthday.
          He likes to carry in his back, is there a good holster you’d recommend for the SD9VE?


    35. I have a sd9 ve best gun ive had in years it shoots dead on every time never seen a pistol more accurate ever. Its easy to take downand clean but far as that gos it will shoot dirty it dont care it will eat anything I feed it never jammed even dirty. I got my wife one also same story gr8 gun. I recommend this gun highly and for the ones talking bad about it you just dont know guns. And far as the one guy saidtigger pin came out I can tell himwhy it did im betting he put oil on ita no no in a y gun. Anyway do yourself a fav and pick upa s & w sd9 ve cant go wrong u will love it if the trigger feels to heavy for u get a apex trig kit for 20 bux and that will fix. Simth hit a homerun with this gun you can go on youtube and see me fireing 2 at the same time just look up Dennie miller going akimbo. If you want to see them in action

    36. Does anyone know anything about the universal pistol to rifle conversion kits? If so with the.s&w sd40ve work with them? All i can find are the kits for glocks.

    37. Will the SD9 VE fire ZQI 23 grain 9mm Nato Spec ammo. I heard Nato spec ammo was hard on a gun due to higher pressure. The box sys 23 grain, and I got it from Walmart for $12.99 a 50 rd box.

    38. Got a sd40 ve for my birthday and so far love it already killed a 4 1/2 ft rattlesnake with price was great love the grips and recoil isn’t bad at all easy for a ccl

    39. Now for the non paid comment. I just bought the S&W SD9 VE and after shoot 10 rounds, all but two jam. That was with those same wonderful Winchester 115 gr in the big white box. Even after a good clean and oil it was still jamming. Thinking of buying? Reconsider….

      1. I had the same problem with double feeds every 3 to 5 rounds, and with both magazines! Tried different ammo and that didn’t make any difference – still double fed after 200 rounds…. Trying to remove the slide isn’t easy either, even for the experts at the gun range.
        It’s in process of return thru the store to S&W.

    40. Picked up my second SD40VE today. Took it to the range with some of my very cheap flat nose reloads. I ripped 50 rounds with not one snag. Feels perfect runs perfect very accurate (once you learn your weapon). I was in love with Glocks before I made the switch to S&Ws (I’ve got a 21) it’s still nice but this thing runs as good if not better and it was 300$ good luck getting a Glock that’s not a beat to hell Service turn in. It’s lightweight and smooth operation has made this SD40 my go to CC.

    41. There are a number of ridiculous comments above that seem like they were written by grade schoolers. I’m buying an sd40 in two days only because EVERY ounce of research I’ve done on them claims they’re great, reliable guns. Literally, I’ve read a hundred articles by gun review guys who all rave about this gun chewing up any ammo you throw in it with 0 failure.

    42. I bought a SD9 VE a couple months ago. Out of the box it double-fed every 3 to 5 rounds with both magazines. I’ve put about 200 rounds thru it and tried different ammo without any improvement.

      Trying to remove the slide isn’t as easy as others have claimed – even for the experts at the gun range.
      It’s in process of being sent to S&W for eval / repair.

    43. I have had my S&W SD9 VE for about 6 months. I have put about 500 rounds of FEDERAL 9MM LUGER 115 Grain FMJ through it. I have not had any problems with it. It shoots good in all weather conditions.

    44. Just bought my S&W SD40 its my first handgun. After reading different comments on this gun I cant wait to shoot it and see how it does. I bought a box of Blazer Brass ammo 165gr FMJ. Has anyone tried this ammo,if so how did it do?

    45. It is amazing, just how much this gun gets hated on. I had the priveledge of owning an SW40VE until it was stolen. I used it as a duty piece. I did have a few FTF, however, it was not regular. I’d say, 10 issues for every 2000 rounds(many different manufacturers), is reasonably reliable. I now own the SD40VE. I have had a couple of FTF out of maybe 300-400 rounds, but, more than likely it is an issue with my grip or the ammo. Many of the negative comments on here, stem from arrogance(it could never have been anything but the blasted cheap gun). Also, if there is a manufacturing issue, S&W will address it. I assure you, they did get where they were by making firearms ofinferior quality, with absolutely no regard for safety. Of course, there will always be a lemon, but, that is with any company. So, if you are thinking of buying one, do it. BTW, I was, in no way, paid to say this by
      SMITH & WESSON, although, I wouldn’t turn down a free SD9VE or any one of the M&P’s. GOD bless.

    46. I have 200 rounds through mine. Not a single failure. The one hiccup I have had compared to other pistols is that you must completely pull the slide back and release it. It does not easily ch but a round compared to most handguns that I own/have shot

    47. I have owned a sd40 for about 6 months and have put about 5000 rounds through it and up until recently had no problems. Now every time I shoot it the slide goes back to far causing the barrel to get stuck on the front of the slide,would a bad recoil spring cause this?

    48. *melissa after roughly 3000 rounds guide assembly should be replaced. I own both sd40 ve and sd9 ve…love them both, no problems

    49. I have both the SD40VE and SD9VE. I have put a variety of ammo through them both. Cheap and High dollar. No issues AT ALL. I carry a Glock 23, Gen IV at work, and quite honestly prefer my S&W’s! Not sure where all the issues listed in this forum are coming from. Maybe I just got lucky. Funny part is, my wife and son don’t have any issues with theirs either. Bought two of them for $289, and the other two for $319 at Academy. Plug for Academy, have purchased 9 guns from them…nobody beats their prices. Hands down!

      1. cdnnsports… BEST prices I’ve found anywhere for just about anything my SD9VE was $289 and extra magazines @ 29.99 compared to $34 – $40 everywhere else. Haven’t shot this one yet but I can’t wait!

    50. Just bought the sd9ve on 11-17-2015 bought a box of 100 fmj and fired all of them . Final thoughts: love this gun have used many others this is my cc from now on and will continue to buy . Wife is buying one in a few days

    51. I’ve owned the sd9 ve for about 3 months now and put about 1200 rounds through it. It’s my first gun and all the research I did pointed to this being a great gun for first timers and for the price, it has been a champ. I’ve put federal 115 aluminums through it mostly at the range, but have done some Winchester 115 and Blazer brass rounds as well. Only jams were when my 60 year old mom was racking it trying to shoot it. She has weak hands, wasn’t giving it enough muscle and it jammed one time. This gun is bad ass. I am brand loyal and am now looking at the S&W M&P 15-22. Which also has good reviews. Only thing that sucks is I’m in Cali and we only get 10 rd. Mags.

    52. I have the sd40 ‘ve it would not feed on the first round because the spring in the magazine had to be broken in after that I fired over 500 rnds and it shoots fine, I just picked up the sd9 ‘ve yesterday and the same thing happen the spring has to be broken in I used my auto loader and kept popping the rounds out until the spring loosen up .

    53. I bought the SD40 VE yesterday for my first hand gun. Immediately went to shoot it, I put 28 fmj rounds through it and it shot flawlessly. Hopefully I can run it through a real test this weekend and see how it goes. A few of my friends have the SD40 and loved them so it was an easy choice for me as they are affordable and reliable from my point of view.

    54. …. the only way your going to have a failure with a weapon is if you using fake hollow points aka look at the box if it says not for police use then you’ve probably bought some crap type mo and will either have complete and total failure or ftf problems ALWAYS MAKE SURE IT SAYS FOR POLICE USE ON THE BOX!!!! I’m a act 235 certified personnel for my job and even they say if it doesn’t state police use DONT FREAKING USE IT!!!!

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