November 1999

DA .40 S&W Defense Guns: S&W, Walther, and S&W/Walther

As Walther and Smith & Wesson go after the polymer .40 S&W market with the SW99, we wonder how the collaborative gun compares to S&Ws Enhanced Sigma and the P99.

[IMGCAP(1)] Elvis may not have been the first rock and roller and Glock may not have made the very first polymer-framed pistol. But like Elvis did in rockabilly, Glock made its big splash in the plastic-gun market, and to this day Glocks retain a positive brand awareness among consumers that other companies envy.

For evidence, the shooting consumer need look no farther than guns made by Smith & Wesson. To compete in the polymer defense-gun market, Smith & Wesson introduced the Sigma series pistols, the appeal of which are obvious. Capable of high capacity, they are snag free and ready to fire without a complicated safety system but insulated from accidental discharge by a long double-acti...

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