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

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    1. I’ve had my 9D VE for 3 months now and I’m still having an accuracy problem? I’m getting a 50% hit average? Seems to be moody? Any suggestions? Like the weight and grip but don’t know what it could be

    2. …. 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!!!!

    3. 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.

    4. 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 .

    5. 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.

    6. 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

    7. 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!

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

    9. 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?

    10. 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

    11. 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.

    12. 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?

    13. 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.

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