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Smith & Wesson Introduces SD Series Pistols

May 24, 2010  | 


Photo courtesy of Smith & Wesson.

Smith & Wesson Corp. has unveiled a new line of firearms designed to assist with personal and home protection called the Self Defense (SD) Series. The SD9 and SD40 are chambered in 9mm and .40 S&W and offer features requested by individuals for use at home and for personal defense applications, according to the company.

"The new SD9 and SD40 pistols combine the best of both price and functionality in a reliable, ergonomic firearm engineered with one specific goal in mind—self defense," according to Tom Kelly, Smith & Wesson's vice president of marketing. "With the introduction of the new Self Defense Series, we have addressed these criteria.

Manufactured with a polymer frame, the striker-fired SD9 and SD40 feature a stainless-steel slide and 4-inch barrel. Both pistols are standard with a black Melonite finish that helps to reduce unwanted glare while yielding a surface hardness of 68 on the Rockwell scale.

Among the key features found on the Smith & Wesson SD9 and SD40 is the new Self Defense Trigger (SDT) that provides a smooth, consistent trigger pull from the first round to the last, according to the company. To aid shot placement and quick sight alignment when it matters the most, the SD9 and SD40 pistols feature a tritium front night sight and a steel, white two-dot rear sight.

For improved firearm control, the SD pistol has been fitted with an 18-degree slim grip with aggressive front- and back-strap texturing. The Smith & Wesson SD9 and SD40 arrive standard with distinctive front and rear slide serrations that enable comfortable manipulation of the slide. A universal Picatinny-style equipment rail allows optional tactical lights, lasers and other accessories.

The Smith & Wesson SD9 and SD40 have also been built with a textured finger locator directly above the trigger guard on the left and right side of the frame.

The SD9 is available with either a 16+1 or 10+1 round capacity while the SD40 is standard with either a 14+1 or 10+1 magazine capacity. Both pistols have an unloaded weight of 22.7 ounces and a width of 1.29 inches. The SD9 and SD40 are supplied with two magazines.

The SD9 and SD40 carry a suggested retail price of $429.

Tags: Smith & Wesson, Compact Pistols

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Comments (3)

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GP Cobb @ 5/24/2010 9:11 PM

The story is ok, but why in the world would any LEO want a 9mm? To me 40 is indeed minimal. Guess I'm stuck in, pro to the 1911-A1.

Mike T. @ 2/10/2013 6:10 PM

I used a Glock 40 as a duty weapon. Always qualified but the recoil could be brutal in the model 23 I packed.
The 9mm performs just as good with the right ammo in the field and the recoil is not nearly as snappy. All things considered a 9mm is a pretty successful cartridge even in FMJ. Of course 115-147 gr HP work best in the real world today. You don't even need +p ammo for successful stops. Just keep 'em in the center of mass like you were trained and all will be well in Copland or anywhere else...:-)

Mike T. @ 2/10/2013 6:15 PM

I recently purchased a new SD9VE. Plenty accurate, reliable and has the firepower too. Nice pistol for on or off duty or as a CCW civilian piece. For $300 w/ 2 hi caps [16 rd] it is hard to beat. The SD9VE matches more expensive weapons and is better than some of them. I'd stake my life on a SD9VE. And do. So don't let the low price put you off. The quality is definetly there.

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