Gun Report

Smith & Wesson SD40 No. 220400 40 S&W

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Outstanding looks, handling, and sights, helped this low-cost pistol score higher.

Smith & Wesson SD40 No. 220400 40 S&W

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Law Enforcement
Concealed Carry
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
Maximum Width
Grip Thickness Max
Grip Circumference Max
Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Span Single

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Knurled side panels and checkering molded into the front and back straps were tastefully executed. The steep undercut beneath the slide is a trademark feature of this design.
The SD40’s trigger required a steady pull rearward but was not tiring to operate. The hinge on the trigger operated the passive safety. We liked the SD40’s styling but we think this pistol is due for an upgrade from the sheet metal slide release.
The tritium module front sight was a most welcome upgrade. Many experienced operators prefer singular illumination via the front sight. Tracing a single dot makes pointing less confusing, especially when searching in dim light. Cocking lines front and rear were handsome and effective.

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