Ammo for a Sigma 9VE


December 23, 2008, 10:11 AM
I just got a S&W Sigma 9VE, and I was wondering what would be the recommended ammunition to put through it?

I need both some target rounds and something for self defense.

Also the gun is brand new, is there a specific number of rounds that I should put through it to break it in at all?


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December 23, 2008, 10:48 AM
I own an SW9VE and load my own target ammo, but if you are buying then any 9mm fmj will work well. Try Winchester White Box. It is cheap and plentiful. Try WalMart. Last I bought it was $8.49/box.

For SD purposes, in my opinion, you can't beat Federal HydroShock.

December 23, 2008, 11:59 AM
I also have the Sigma 9VE and love it! Contgrats and welcome to THR!!!

I have just under 200 rounds through mine and when I go on vaca in a few days, I plan on putting a few hundred through it. I have been using Blazer Brass from WalMart so far. At my local WM, it's $8.49/50rds, and Wichester White Box is going for $19.99/100. I have had ZERO FTF's or FTE's with Blazer.

Oh yeah, buy some snap caps for your Sigma and the trigger will get better, it's pretty stout to begin with, but I can already feel mine smoothing out with every trip to the range.

Have fun, enjoy it, and above all, be safe.

December 23, 2008, 05:12 PM
WWB at Wally world $20./100 and I am using Winchester JHP 147 grain for carry, $20./50. I will get 115 or 125 grain JHP when they have them but you kind of take what you get now. The reason I am using the Winchester for self defense is I had a couple stovepipes and a bunch of light primer strikes in the first 425 rounds and it seemed to like Winchester better than other brands. I sent it back to S&W and it was promptly returned and the other day I put 273 down the pipe both JHP and FMJ without any problem. They also made the trigger much better. Also Texian, you don't need to use snap caps, S&W says only their 22's need them. The Q&A link on their web site will tell you if you want to check. Dry fire the snot outta it and Miltec 1 used lightly around the sear will smooth it out some. Miltec will send you a sample if you e-mail them and request one. I really like mine and I think you will too.

December 23, 2008, 05:17 PM
Ahhh, good to know about the snap caps... I was holding off dry firing until I got some, guess I'll just dry fire away and get the trigger smooth as butter (if that's even possible)!

December 24, 2008, 10:01 AM
If you're not happy with the trigger there are 4 S&W service centers, 1 is in Texas. They will e mail you a paid UPS overnight ticket, send it to them and they will return it overnight and it probably will only take about a week. They worked wonders with mine.

December 24, 2008, 10:03 AM
for range ammo get whatever is the cheapest. blaser, wwb, ultra max, american eagle, umc etc.

December 24, 2008, 12:20 PM
I used White box Winchester with no problem, I tried silver bear and it just jammed every other round.

December 29, 2008, 02:52 PM
Thanks for the info.

Also what kind of holster do any of you recommend? I have an XD and for that I use a Fobus Paddle holster but was thinking something different for the Sigma. Any suggestions?

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