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The transformation of my Sigma SW9VE

June 6, 2011

I bought my sigma because it was a very cheap 9mm that had good reviews for being reliable, somewhat light, and durable. I have modified the gun heavily since it was bought new.

First upgrades were removed pigtail spring, lightened trigger return springs, and a smooth polish on all metal contacting parts in the trigger assembly. Then came the fun parts, the slide has been polished completely and anodised red as you will see in the pictures below to give it a very custom smooth look. Sadly I have yet to gain real picture taking abilities so bear with me. The following pictures will show the pistols transformation.

 

brand new out of the box

Above: the gun as it was new straight out of the box it came in.

The beginning of the red coloringAbove: This was directly after the red coloring was added to the slide and before the final polish was put on.

 

 

Final look of the Sigma 9mm

This is the final look for my sigma for now, I am still not yet happy with it but I am much closer to be content with the aesthetics of the firearm.

 

Full review of the Sigma SW9VE

 

Modern handguns can be very expensive. Many of today’s most popular models feature European engineering and military, police, or competition pedigrees. While it can be appealing to have the same handgun that is used by an elite fighting force like America’s Delta Force, Germany’s GSG-9, or Britain’s Special Air Service, such prestigious firearms can have a high price and provide a tad more capability than an average citizen needs for effective personal or home protection. When it comes to defensive firearms for the home, I feel that the average citizen can be well served by a simple, reliable, firearm that is accurate, easy to handle, and comes in an effective caliber.

At just over $300, the SW9VE is an attractively priced 9mm semi-automatic pistol with a black polymer frame and stainless steel barrel and slide. The SW9VE fits all of my basic criteria for a home defense weapon, but actually goes beyond that. First of all, the SW9VE pistol is very simple. It has only three external controls. One button drops the magazine from the pistols grip. Once you’ve loaded the magazine, depressing a lever along the slide, closes the pistol’s breech and loads a round into the firing chamber. At this point, the pistol is ready to fire. There is no manual safety. A safety built into the trigger ensures that the pistol fires only when the trigger is pulled. In addition, the trigger has a long and fairly heavy pull to ensure that a round is fired only intentionally. Bullets are fired when an internal striker hits the round. There is no hammer to cock or to inadvertently snag on clothing. When the gun is unloaded and must be disassembled for cleaning two small recessed buttons below the barrel just forward of the trigger must be simultaneously slid downward so that the slide and barrel can be removed.

The lack of extraneous controls helps make the Enhanced Sigma a very smooth and streamlined package. This makes the SW9VE worthy of consideration by people with concealed carry handgun permits and the ability to conceal a full-sized handgun.

 

Final overview of the Sigma SW9VE. The sigma is a great shooter especially for the price tag, you can’t go wrong with Smith and Wesson either. Although parts can be very hard to obtain for the gun without sending it in to S&W. The trigger may be gritty when first out of the box but will smooth out over time. I highly recommend this gun to everyone from avid 1911 enthusiasts to first time handgun owners.

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