S&W 40VE Modifications


April 19, 2011, 09:21 PM
Hi all. I have 2 modifications to my S&W40VE I would like to have done by a local gunsmith (Garrett Gunsmiths) and i need to know what you all feel is a fair price for the task. First, i want a safety installed on this weapon. Second, I would like the trigger to be easier to pull. Less trigger travel would be nice if that is possible also. I've never owned a semi-auto without a safety and It makes me nervous to carry it. This may sound silly but I'm being as honest as possible about the reason for wanting a safety. The trigger pull is to strenuous and I'm not accurate shooting it, almost to embarrassing to tell.........Tom

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April 19, 2011, 10:12 PM
sell it and get a new gun with a safety.

April 19, 2011, 10:50 PM
Even if this new gun was given to me at no cost?

April 20, 2011, 12:01 AM
I'm not sure what gunsmith rates are but I don't imagine they are cheap. It might easily be cheaper to get another pistol. Having spent a lot of time with the S&W 40VE I understand how the long trigger pull plus the snapiness of the round can lead to frustratingly bad accuracy. However, with practice, I have learned to shoot it well and with the long trigger pull don't worry about the safety. What I suggested to one S&W 40VE owner was to practice with a .22 with a double action trigger just to get the feel of a long trigger pull.

Mad Magyar
April 20, 2011, 12:15 AM
I kind of understand your point of view. Other than revolvers, never owned a gun w/o an external safety until picking up a 40VE just recently for almost nothing. You want a firm trigger to prevent an accidental discharge. As stated, think of it as a revolver. BTW, I find the 40VE to be a decent pistol, kaboom each time, and I plan to use it with light accessories for night-stand duty. I'm not sure a gunsmith will make such a modification not because of a cost factor, but legal considerations involved.
Good luck....

April 20, 2011, 12:54 AM
you're not gonna find a gunsmith near you that'll put a safety on a gun that didn't come with one...and if somehow you manage to, it'll cost more than anything you coulda bought after selling the sigma..

April 20, 2011, 12:52 PM
Well thanks to all responders for the quick "if it ain't broke , don't fix it" schooling. I suppose my years of OSHA training have got the best of me with this new S&W 40EV.
Let me fire more rounds through the tube and maybe I'll get a better respect for the double-action trigger w/o a safety feature......Tom

April 20, 2011, 12:59 PM
it has a safety, its the trigger which is similar to a glocks IIRC, even if not dont pull the trigger and it wont go off...I just do not get the fascination w/ safeties being added to guns that dont need them....Ive carried sigs for years and they have NO safeties and neither has ever gone off unless I pulled the trigger, same for the revolvers I carried previously

April 20, 2011, 01:28 PM
Yeah, I would have to agree with the previous posters. Even if you could get a safety added, the cost would be ridiculous and you might as well just get another gun. The pull is heavy enough that you would have to be on Final Destination to have an accidental discharge. In other words, you should be fine. Worst case you sue Smith & Wesson and make a fortune. :D

Good Luck!!

P.S. If you're looking for a cheap, reliable gun with a safety, the Ruger P95 is great. Heard nothing but good things and it and its ~$300 NIB.

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