Sigma Solution

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by njjohnson, Jul 28, 2010.

  1. njjohnson

    njjohnson New Member

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    Last fall I bought a S&W Sigma in .40. It was kind of an impulse buy that I later began to regret. From the get go I hated the heavy trigger pull and I just could not for the life of me be consistent the darn thing. I've shot several hundred rounds through it, but to no avail, and I decided that it had to be the trigger that was causing me to pull the gun around as I squeezed it. I mean no matter how gingerly I tried, I could not group anything. Well, the other day I was watching tv and there was a hangun competition on and I decided to watch for awhile. After only a few minutes I noticed that several of the shooters had one thing in common- the way they were standing and holding the firearm. Then it hit me- I might need try to a different shooting style other than what I was used to. Lo and behold, I took my .40 out to try the new technique and the results were astounding. With my old style I would be lucky to put half of the rounds in my clip onto a 2'x2' target. Yesterday I put 8 out of 12 in a 10" diameter. A marksman am I, by no means. But now that I know HOW to shoot this weapon, I am more confident when holding it that I can hit pretty close to where I want the bullet to go. So what's the lesson of this? I needed to be flexible with my shooting styles and that learning a new one was awkward at first, but it yielded fantastic results.
     
  2. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    A few things with the Sigma:
    When on the range, load only 5 rounds at a time. This will force you to take a break.
    When releasing the trigger after the shot is fired, release it only to the point that the striker "resets". You will hear / feel a "click". Do not release it any further. Take the next shot. You are not preloading the striker when doing this.
    Of course, follow the steps of good shooting.
     

  3. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Keep shooting, Everyone always complains about the trigger. I have no problems with it and I shoot mine just fine.

    What type of stance did you switch to? Any links or what show were you watching?
     
  4. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

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    I shot Shihan's Sigma when they came to visit and was impressed. Sure the trigger pull was heavy but It went bang every time, was very comfortable to shoot, and was more accurate than I would have guessed. I got good grouping with it.
     
  5. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    Bought one yet Bear???
     
  6. DrumJunkie

    DrumJunkie New Member

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    The triggers get better over time. But you can replace the striker spring and lighten it some. Wolff Spring sells them.
     
  7. njjohnson

    njjohnson New Member

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    Yeah I switched to more of a combat/competition type stance where I was squared to the target with my feet a little wider than my shoulders and both arms not quite completely straight. My previous stance was more erect and casual with my body not squared to the target. I don't know, but it helped muchly. I don't remember the name of the show, so no links- sorry.
     
  8. njjohnson

    njjohnson New Member

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    Hmmm... I'll definitely have to try this. Thanks.
     
  9. big shrek

    big shrek Well-Known Member

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    there are quite a few threads all over the net about how to mod the Sigma triggers...smoothing it with a set of Arkansas Stones would be the first thing I'd do. Heck, I do that to every pistol/rifle I've got anyway for precision effects.

    But this is probably the best way to mod yourself for the trigger ;)
    Eagle Catcher
    The Eagle Catcher ;)
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  10. Agent_H

    Agent_H New Member

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    ...so where do I get replacement springs for this? Brownells? Smith & Wesson? :)
     
  11. njjohnson

    njjohnson New Member

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    Hey, you were right! The follow up shots were much easier to manage. It took some getting used to; not letting go of the trigger all way, that is. Now that I'm way more consistent and accurate with it, I realized that it shoots about 6 inches low at about ten yards. Only the rear sight is adjustable so I have to aim a smidge high. Oh well. At least now I'm loads happier with the weapon and no longer feel inadequate with it. Thanks again for the tip!
     
  12. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Glad to hear things are working out. Congrats.
     
  13. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    Same lesson goes for shooting any handgun well. Proper stance and knowing your gun makes a big difference in results...
     
  14. ET1

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    I purchased a Sigma 40ve several years ago. The trigger pull was about 12 lbs. which I knew it would be when I bought it. The Sigma will let you know if you have any flaws in the way you shoot. It sounds like the OP really didn't have a good shooting technique at the start & the Sigma quickly made it evident. I believe most people who hate the Sigma either never shot the older service revolvers which it is meant to mimic, and/or never learned good technique.

    These days guys buy a gun and go straight to the range with no training & don't even take the time to strip the gun and remove the packing grease that the manufacturers use to keep it from corroding. Then they wonder why they have ftf's "out of the box" and can't hit the broad side of a barn. I'm just saying...