In the upcoming March 2014 issue of Combat Handguns, author Clair Rees writes, “There are so many autoloading pistols available today for personal defense that it’s easy to develop a ‘ho-hum’ attitude whenever a new model is introduced. ‘Black pistols’ have become all but ubiquitous. When I received a sample of Smith & Wesson’s recently introduced Model SD40 VE for testing, I wasn’t expecting any surprises. One S&W pistol is pretty much like any other—right? As it turns out, no.
At first glance, there’s not much to distinguish this gun from many other autopistols on the market. But when I began testing the gun, I discovered some important differences.”

Rees continues, “The first thing I noticed was the gun’s hand-filling, ergonomic grip. It slants rearward 18 degrees, causing the gun to point naturally toward the target when held in a “handshake” grip. Many autopistols aren’t natural pointers. The trigger fell handily under my index finger, making it easy to control.”
The striker-fired SD40 has plenty of top-notch touches without becoming an experts-only handgun.

To learn more about the Smith & Wesson SD40, check out the March 2014 issue of Combat Handguns, available on newsstands and digitally December 17, 2013. To subscribe, go to

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