Gun Report

Smith & Wesson Model 940 9mm Luger, $595 to $671

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The stainless-steel rear sight finish reflected lights from behind the shooter. This 9mm is also the only revolver tested that does not offer the option of single-action firing. Unlike the Pitbull, it also required moon clips to eject the rimless 9mm Luger rounds.

Smith & Wesson Model 940 9mm Luger, $595 to $671

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Trigger Pull Double
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The pros and cons of moon clips can be summed up together: The shooter can eject then reload a quintet of rounds all at once. But even in our limited testing, we bent a couple of clips, and they were always getting lost. If we had this gun, we would have a dozen or so moonclips.
Here is one of the nits that just keeps adding up to a lowered grade. The shine on the super- looking stainless 940 frame translates into target-obscuring glare. The matte finish on the topstrap was not the culprit. Also, the rudimentary sights are hard to align, in our opinion.
Another one of the compromises the snubby shooter usually has to live with: The short grip does not lend itself to high-level marksmanship. But the trade off is the ability to disappear the gun in a pants pocket without a print.

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