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S&W Sigma or M&P

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by wow6599, Apr 13, 2008.

  1. wow6599

    wow6599 Well-Known Member

    Anybody have an opinion on these two guns? I want a S&W SigmaVE 40 cal, but is it worth an extra $150 for the S&W M&P 40 cal?
  2. Quiet

    Quiet Well-Known Member

    The M&P is worth the cost increase over the Sigma.
    Better reliablility, better accuracy, better trigger.
  3. Jason_G

    Jason_G Well-Known Member

    M&P. Shouldn't even be a question unless you simply can't afford the price difference.

  4. zulu6

    zulu6 Well-Known Member

    The difference is that the Sigma is not a well made or engineered weapon and the M&P is.

    Without a doubt the M&P is worth it and right now the M&P is on sale at Bud's for $439 shipped AND Smith has a rebate on it till the end of April for $50 back and two free magazines. Buying a Sigma would be a real mistake.
  5. M47 Dragon

    M47 Dragon Well-Known Member

    I had the Sigma SW9VE, still have the M&P .40 - After buying the Sigma, I wished I had saved a little more for the M&P. I sold the Sigma to help pay for the M&P. Save money in the first place and get the M&P, IMO.
  6. Quoheleth

    Quoheleth Well-Known Member

    People keep badmouthing the Sigma. While owners will admit it has a heavy trigger - think heavy DA revolver - they will also quickly say the Sigma has two big pluses: One, ergonomics - it feels great and points great. Two, it flat runs. Load it with whatever you want and it'll go bang.

    Oh, and three - it's relatively inexpensive.

  7. 19-3Ben

    19-3Ben Well-Known Member

    I love my M&P and M&Pc. they are fantastic. The Sigmas I have held and the one sigma that I shot were just...lower grade guns. They work. They are reliable, and accurate enough for combat. But they are not the smooth, finely made guns that the M&Ps are.
    I'd feel well armed carrying either one into a gun fight. But the M&P is just in a different league.
  8. Floppy_D

    Floppy_D Member In Memoriam

    I have a Sigma. The accuracy and reliability are fantastic. You'd be hard pressed to find a difference between the Sigma and M&P as far as accuracy and reliability.

    Where you WILL notice the difference is in the fit and finish, and the trigger. For a reliable gun on a tight budget, the Sigma is a great choice. If you plan on shooting a lot, or can afford the price difference, then I'd say go for the M&P.
  9. FieroCDSP

    FieroCDSP Well-Known Member

    Nothing wrong with the Sigma (except the trigger). I love my M&P, though :evil:
  10. dwhite

    dwhite Well-Known Member

    Love my Sigma

    My SW40VE has been absolutely flawless over the year I've owned it. Eats everything I feed it including reloads. Has NEVER failed to extract, feed, or fire. I bought mine for the price but do not believe I could buy better for the money. I did not feel the added $150+ for anything else was justified.

    The trigger on mine is no worse than my Ruger Security-Six in double action. Those people that bad mouth these pistols usually have never owned or operated one. I shoot IDPA with mine and never feel it's a handicap.

    All the Best,
    D. White
  11. davepool

    davepool Well-Known Member

    The Sigma will strengthen your trigger finger
  12. wow6599

    wow6599 Well-Known Member

    I already have a Kel-Tec P11 with an 8.5lb pull that keeps my finger plenty strong
  13. NG VI

    NG VI Well-Known Member

    +1 Inexpensive so I don't feel nervous about anything happening to it, it's my one gun that could get a gouge in the slide or frame and I'd say "oh well".
    It is also superbly reliable. I don't see how an M&P could be any more reliable than my Sigma. The M&P is much nicer though, and the Sigma does stretch the fingers.
  14. MaterDei

    MaterDei Well-Known Member

  15. Sato Ord

    Sato Ord Well-Known Member

    SW40VE is what I've finally decided to carry.

    I love the 1911 with a full size barrel but I've seen even the best 1911s with three inch barrels jam often enough that I don't want to bet my life on one without back up. Since I don't want 9mm, and I want an autoloader for normal carry, the S&W is the perfect blend of ergonomics, short profile, and dependability for me.

    Almost decided on a Glock 27, pug ugly, but nice. It would be great if Glock didn't insist on making a one-size-fits-all grip that only fits if you have small hands, so I said the heck with spending the extra 160 bucks.

    As far as trigger pull on the SW40VE, yep, 12 and half pounds, and there is nothing you can do to change it. I don't care, I've got big hands and 195 lbs of grip strength, I don't find the trigger pull excessive. I do like that, like all Smiths I've tried, the trigger pull is nice and consistent from start to finish, unlike some other's I've looked at, mainly Taurus, though I am not against that brand as a whole, and love the PT1911.

    The SW40VE feels fine to me, and the rebate ain't a bad thing either.
  16. ochmude

    ochmude Well-Known Member

    I had a SW40VE. If you can afford it, get an M&P. If you go with the Sigma, be aware that there is a connector spring attached to the trigger assembly which has a small piece of felt cloth in it. You must keep that moist with oil or else it will dry out and tear during firing. It's not a huge deal, just something you need to keep in mind.
  17. Flyfishtom

    Flyfishtom Active Member

    I think you will enjoy the M&P. It is a great gun. I'm proud of Smith & Wesson, they did a great job designing this line of pistols.
  18. Huddog

    Huddog Well-Known Member

    Yes it is worth the difference
  19. tomr123

    tomr123 Member

    Owning a sigma 9mm and wanting to like it more than the M&P I still like the M&P. There's nothing wrong with a sigma if you can learn to use the trigger. The MP is just nice to shoot rather easy trigger. All together I would say the MP is well worth the price increase.
  20. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Well-Known Member

    I never pass up an opportunity to bad-mouth a Sigma. My .40 was so picky out of the box, I had to have the feed ramp milled. The front sight fell out. Just my bad luck right? Or, more likely, it explains the price difference. This industry is too competitive for second chances. If confronted with necessity, I would use the Sigma long enough to acquire another gun. Then I would use it as a choc-block.

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