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American Handgunner Jan/Feb 2012 Digital Edition - Page 58

Self DefenSe s&w’s new sd40 is ready to go right out of the box, tailor-made for home defense. Smith & Wesson’s our photo gun, shot and photographed by editor Roy, liked any good quality ammo, exactly as Jeremy’s test gun did. This meant two guns were actually tested, and both ran 100 percent. ne of the most definitive trends in modern handgun design has been the development of the service pistol. Usually a polymer framed high-capacity gun, and generally chambered for the potent .40 S&W cartridge, the modern service pistol has few external controls, and is equipped with a doubleaction trigger pull adding a measure of O DynamO Jeremy D. ClOugh • PhOtOS: rOy huntingtOn safety over the traditional, crisp singleaction trigger. Rarely equipped with an external safety mechanism, the service pistol is intended to fit the broadest spectrum of possible users, and to be safe and functional in the hands of those with limited training. The firearms market has been flooded in the past couple of years with firsttime buyers looking for a simple, effective tool for home and self defense, and it should be obvious the simplicity of the service pistol provides them with an attractive option. There’s no complicated safety lever or de-cocking mechanism, no transition to master between the first and second shot: the only controls are the mag catch, slidelock and the trigger. Smith & Wesson is no stranger to the platform. Their polymer-framed Sigma pistol has been around since 1994, and their more recent — and more refined — M&P line of service pistols has been very well received. Available in fullsized and compact versions, in calibers from 9mm to .45 ACP, the polymerframed, striker-fired Military & Police is an excellent pistol, and Smith has chosen to build on that success by offering a WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • JANUARY/FEBRUARY2012 SD40 58

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