Gun Report

Smith & Wesson Model 908 103882 9mm Luger, $350 (Grade B, June 2015)

The 908 was well made and finished adequately. during the firing test, there was never a failure to feed, chamber, fire, or eject. Accuracy was good, and the pistol fired to the point of aim. however, the design of the slide resulted in a higher bore axis than the Bersa. Also, the S&W lacked an ambidextrous safety and slide lock, and we noted the safety was more difficult to move to the fire position than the Bersa. While the Smith & Wesson wasn’t a bad gun, our shooters favored the Bersa.

Smith & Wesson Model 908 103882 9mm Luger, $350 (Grade B, June 2015)

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The pistols are similar in size, with the Smith & Wesson thinner but taller. The pistols performed well with all ammunition tested. Accuracy was acceptable. the Smith & Wesson 908’s higher bore axis resulted in greater muzzle flip, our shooters said.
The front-sight post and base of the S&W 908 was plastic, a money-saving feature of this economy line. It did not fall out and obviously has ridden with the pistol for some time.
The positive manual safety of the 908 was preferred by many of our shooters.