Just bought a SD9VE on GB. Break-in?

Discussion in 'Smith & Wesson Forum' started by dr_psych, Apr 28, 2013.

  1. dr_psych

    dr_psych New Member

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    I just bought a SD9VE on gunbroker. I don't even have the gun yet, but I'm excited to get it. I just recently got into the handgun world...and I'm hooked. My first gun was a Hi-Point C9. I know there are a lot of haters out there. I bought the HP because I didn't want to spend a lot on my first gun... I didn't know I would be so addicted. The HP needed a few things before it shot well. One issue was that the mags needed tweaking right out of the box. It was kind of annoying, but not that big of a deal. The other issue was it needed certain kinds of ammo. 124 grain worked great, but steel cased 115 grain TulAmmo jammed.

    Anyway, just wondering if this SW needs anything special tweaking or adjustments...or (hopefully) it is good to go right out of the box. Also, are there any special ammo requirements, or can you feed it anything?

    thanks,
     
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2013
  2. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    When you get your new pistol home, field strip, clean and lube it.

    Then shoot it, shoot it, shoot it some more, then decide what you think needs tweaking.
     

  3. apwvsd40ve

    apwvsd40ve New Member

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    I have one in .40 cal. I love it! I have put about 500 rounds thtough it now and it is broken in Pretty well. With some ammo, I have noticed the slide sticking back..but that has not happened since my first 200 round s. There is a slight rattle in a fully loaded mag....have not disassembled them to see what it is Bc you have to shake to make the sound...I don't shake mine from side to side very often and do not notice it when I carry. Goodluck and enjoy it!
     
  4. nicklarimore

    nicklarimore New Member

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    Get a new trigger kit from apex tactical
     
  5. dr_psych

    dr_psych New Member

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    Being a total newb, I have no idea what this is or what it improves. Please advise
     
  6. Squawk

    Squawk New Member

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    The SD triggers are gritty and heavy. This will reduce the take up, make it feel smooth and reduce the amount of pounds it takes to squeeze the trigger to release the firing pin to strike the primer to fire the bullet.
     
  7. eatmydust

    eatmydust New Member

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    IMHO, Decide for yourself whether you want to modify the trigger pull on a weapon that has no manual safety. The only safety mechanisms with an SD9VE are the long double action only(DAO) trigger pull and those six inches between your ears.

    The only way to make a reasoned decision is through repetition, as in shoot it and shoot it some more! I recommend using FMJ and the self defense(SD) ammo you will be carrying.
     
  8. apwvsd40ve

    apwvsd40ve New Member

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    I like eatmydusts opinion on this. I am not sure that I would lighten the trigger on mine due to the lack of am external safety beyond the trigger. I may change my mind eventually but with over 500 rounds through it so far...I am happy with the trigger as is for now. a buddy of mine had the S& W E series 1911...love the lighter trigger on that gun but would not want to go without a safety with that trigger either.
     
  9. nicklarimore

    nicklarimore New Member

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    Apex makes a duty kit that keeps the trigger around 6-8 lbs but improves all the other aspects
     
  10. DrumJunkie

    DrumJunkie New Member

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    I'd send a few hundred rounds down range before I went o changing anything. Tweak talk before you even posess it reminds me of th eold saying a woman spends half her life looking for the perfect man and the other half trying to change him.

    It's true those pistols have a pretty heavy trigger but some people don't have a problem with it. Before I spent more money on a new gun I'd want to know what group I was in.
     
  11. Partridge02

    Partridge02 New Member

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    I love my sd9ve. I did install the trigger kit and did some polish work on the trigger after a few hundred rounds. It had a long heavy trigger pull for safety. After the kit it is still safe enough for My liking.

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  12. juststartin5272

    juststartin5272 New Member

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    Another thing you can do is once you get it, clean and then lock the slide to the rear until you take it to the range the first time. This can help break in the spring without hundreds of rounds fired. I know this helps a lot with some of the smaller 9mm's and glocks because they tend to have very stiff springs in the beginning.
     
  13. bbertram

    bbertram New Member

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    I had a SW40VE, the Sigma 40 with a similar long trigger, and ended up leaving it alone. It's a great gun for self defense, the trigger pull is designed long and hard as a safety mechanism. If you're going to use the weapon as it is intended ( SD stands for Self Defense), then don't monkey with the trigger. IF you want to turn it into an accurate range weapon, THEN look into trigger mods, or buy a pistol designed for SA fire ( like my SigSauers , for example ) that have a light and smooth SA trigger. One gun is not going to excell at every use. :)
    Brent
     
  14. apwvsd40ve

    apwvsd40ve New Member

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    Well...i have to say that I only own a couple of handguns...but almost all of my shooting has been range based. I find it to be very accurate at 10 yards..and decent at 20 yds. I purchased it for SD/HD....and while I would not enter a competition with it ( my wife is a way better shot with it than I am..so far) ...I feel very comfortable calling it accurate..and I have not modified the firearm at all.
     
  15. vmp100

    vmp100 New Member

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    I take my mine to the range every week and i am pleased with its performance
     
  16. StLshooter

    StLshooter New Member

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    Just bought the SD9VE and so far I like it. The trigger pull is long but it doesn't bother me. So far it has shot everything I've fed it with no problems.
     
  17. n2b8u

    n2b8u New Member

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    Any one having problems with +p 9mm ammo in this gun?
     
  18. 60mg

    60mg New Member

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    Long pull is just part of the problem.
    A. Set grip size = it has to fit your hand right otherwise your shots are going to be inconsistent. Solution: assuming it fits reasonably, stippling of the frame will "glue" the gun into your hand ... but be ready to stick with that gun from that point on.
    B. Veeeery long reset = crappy for follow up shots. Solution: Apex has a replacement Glock style trigger. It's solid and cuts down the pull and reset travel 10-20%.
    C. Trigger design = that pivot point and thin lower part steals from the finger pressure. Solution: see point B :)

    With all that said, some people like heavy and long pull, some don't. I don't mind long pull but 12lb and reset which is nearly al long as the initial pull was kind of too much. Between trigger spring kit and new trigger it was said to be possible to cut down trigger travel and drop the pull to 5-7lb but you have to run that gun in different situation to find your failure point to decide on mods you want to do. In any case that's about as much as you can do on the budget without getting into heavy mods like milling out ports on the business end of the slide to help mitigate recoil for better stability during repeat fire. If it sounds like too much of work/money I'd rather look into buying an M&P right off the bed. As reliable but a lot easier to operate and comes in different sizes though only $200 more :) and none of that headache with mods :)
    Good luck.
     
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  19. n2b8u

    n2b8u New Member

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    sd9ve with apex trigger kit

    Just dropped in the apex trigger kit. Took 30 minutes tops following thier video on youtube. Trigger is around 6.5 lbs now. Not a bad little gun. Kit was $24. off of ebay free shipping.
     
  20. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    my recommendation on any pistol is to put a few hundred rounds through them before making any changes or modifications. get toknow the pistol and learn about it's diffeences from other pistols before making any changes. the more you shoot it, the more you may like it as it is. kind of hard to make any references to changes to something when you havent any experiance with it like it came from the factory. how do you know if the changes were an improvement?