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David Solis from the great state of Texas sends his “Real World Carry” via Everyday Carry.  Except Puggs, he writes.  Puggs stays home.

He carries a S&W .40 Sigma/SVE pistol.  I’ll just say that the Sigmas/SVEs aren’t known for their great triggers, or long-term longevity.  But that’s fine.  Some folks might only shoot a thousand rounds over a decade or two.  So having a gun break after a few thousand rounds is something they will (usually) never experience.

However, these guns make bargain hunters happy.  Especially in .40 caliber which has seen falling popularity for some time now.

With not one, but two extra magazines of Hornady Critical Defense, he’s got lots of freedom pills.  Bravo.

He also shows off three watches to chose from on any given day (better than wearing a different gun everyday) and a pair of monster rings.

And he’s got Puggs, the night watchman to keep an eye on things while David catches some shuteye.

Where’s your holster & flashlight, Mr. Solis?





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    • You’re not alone. My 7 year old SD9 has roughly 6k+ trouble free rounds through it. In fact, I haven’t heard of any reliability problems with these pistols—they’re basically Glock clones, after all. The only real gripe people have is the trigger, but with some Apex parts, it’s actually pretty decent. Even without them, it’s better than most double-action revolvers from the factory. They also come with a lifetime warranty, should you actually run into a problem. My guess is that Mr. Boch doesn’t have much real experience with these guns…

  1. You couldn’t pay me to own a smegma. (Look it up, it’s not a spelling error).
    Worse trigger I’ve ever felt. Horrible accuracy.

  2. I liked the Sigma pretty well except for the stout trigger.

    Since I learned on DA revolvers, it not a big deal to hit with under 25 yards.

    It was an ergonomic pistol except the trigger guard was too small.

    That flat, square slide was easy to run and it pointed well for me.

    The SD series is more comely but I dont think a much better gun.

    • The SDs are, from what I understand, basically the same gun as the Sigmas, with a somewhat improved trigger and better aesthetics.

      • Yeah. Sculpted slide and a bigger trigger guard.

        I actually liked the grip feel and texture better on the Sigma.

        The SD trigger is a little better but not by much IMO.

        They are good guns….just engineered to be less desirable as an entry level gun.

        I never did like hinged triggers but adding a glock type trigger with safety blade would ruin the good deal vibe.

  3. Hey, CZ geeks –

    Are CZ magazines a bitch to load? My new 2075 RAMI magazines nearly need a hydraulic press to load the 10 and 14 round mags that came with it.

    Are they bastards to load? I’m using the usual tricks like whacking them on the palm of my other hand to ‘settle’ the previous loaded rounds, and that helps a bit, but it’s still a bitch. Are all 9mm CZ mags like this?

    You’ll be seeing it when I post my “You bet your ass it’s an EDC that is brand new never carried before EDC”…

    • I have a .40 CZ 75b from 2018 I just picked up. Love it. I also have issues with the magazines, I can easily get the first 5 out of 10 in and struggle with 6 and 7. I have to use a mag loader for rounds 9-10. I’ve only shot around 100 rounds through it so far. Bought it LNIB used so I don’t know the previous round count, it was clearly shot and used beforehand.

      Anecdotally my beretta 96 also has really stiff magazine springs initially but not as stiff as the CZ.

    • The 10 round RAMI mags are known to be kinda finicky. I usually didn’t have any problems loading it, but the rounds almost always rattled around which always made me anxious. Seems like the follower would be stuck when it rattled like that, but typically didn’t have problems. Usually didn’t have problems fully loading them though. I will say that the newer magazines with the thicker plastic base plate and blue followers seem to be a lot smoother to load, easier to load, and don’t rattle like the older style with the thin metal base plate

      • Thinking back on it though, I do recall loading that tenth round could be pretty difficult in the rami mag though, and would cause rattling. But typically once that round was chambered it would be fine and the rattling would stop. So I never carried mine 10+1

      • After time the mag springs become more workable, at least in my berettas they did. The simple mag loader included with my Px4 works on all my semi autos, while not as fancy as the one you suggested it does work well.

      • “Struggling with mags is so 1955.”

        I’ve never had this level of difficulty in loading a mag. I’ve owned Glocks, a Hi-Powr (actually spelled that way), a Taurus 92 clone, and an AMT .380. This one’s a ball-breaker. I’ll check out the loader you mentioned, isn’t it made in Israel, and there are a ton of fakes out there?

        And I’ll break the mag down and lube the follower, see if anything is hanging up, etc…

        • According to their web page they are Israeli and there is a problem with chines knock offs on the webb. I got mine at a LGS and it looks the real deal.

  4. .40 cal falling in popularity. I believe that’s mostly with L.E. organizations. And that’s mostly the bean counters. Not the shooters. 9mm is less expensive. Bigger, heavier bullets make bigger, deeper holes. It’s just simple physics. I’ll shoot someone with a 9mm, but I’d rather shoot them with a 30-06.

    • The physics is Energy = Mass X Velocity. You can increase energy by increasing EITHER mass or velocity.

      The real world shooting data indicates that the gap between smaller and larger defensive calibers (.380 to 10mm) has narrowed significantly in the decades since Evan Marshalls famous study. Ayoob and others have continued the analysis. Bullet design has improved.

      The “failure” to one shot stop with 9mm appears to be an artifact of the ability to get multiple shots on target before the OODA loop gets to a point where the shooter realizes that they can stop. So it isn’t that 9mm isn’t stopping threats, it’s that shooters are firing more shots before they realize the threat is stopped.

    • I disagree, 40 has lost a lot of popularity with shooters too, and I think the round is mostly being supported by the supply of older guns and surplus trade ins. A lot of new pistols aren’t being produced in the caliber because they aren’t sellers. A number of LGS’s in my town will not take 40 caliber handguns in trade or buy them because they don’t sell, I know of one shop in particular here in town that doesn’t stock new 40 cal handguns either. I recently bought a new M&P M2.0 mid size (the popular g23/g19 size) in 40, new for $299 because they were on closeout. A lot of the armslist listings in my area, when they are open to trades, will specifically say “no 40 cal”. I’m of the opinion that most “gun owners” rarely shoot their guns, and when they do, they’re cheap about it and want the cheapest ammo available, and while 40 isn’t ridiculously expensive it can be a fair amount more expensive than 9mm. And while I think its reputation for recoil can be severely blown out of proportion, it’s still harder to shoot well and for long periods than 9mm, and can still be downright harsh in certain guns. I still keep one or two pistols in 40 in my collection though, because whenever there’s ammo shortages, you can still always find 40 ammo, though I mostly reload now. It’s a buyer’s market though if you’re into 40, as most of them are going begging these days and have little value in sales or trades.

  5. The little Kershaw knife is a great tool I use one for everyday carry. Works well.

    I know several PD’s that adopted the S@W Sigma they soon replaced them as they were not reliable.

    The 40S@W might be falling out of favor but there are millions of 40cal pistols out there most makers are still chambering pistols in them.

    The caliber well be around for a long long time.

  6. I had an older Sigma 40 and while trigger was really stiff it was a beast being very durable and good ergos. I have never heard of longer term durability problems with them and would take one any day over something like a Taurus pistol. IMO nothing wrong with a .40 pistol either. I have a SIG P229 for that and .40 ammo was plentiful during last ammo buying panic/shortage.

  7. I hit the gun dealers and pawn shops every few months here in the D/FW area of Texas. I see more 40s&w handguns then ANYTHING else, and prices are around 1/3 of what a similar gun in a “popular” caliber would be stickers. It’s a 40 cal buyers market.

    • I’ve standardized my semi autos in .40 with the exception of one in .22. Make it simple to keep ammo in stock and I am pretty good with the round. can’t fix what works. I might add another caliber at some point but that would take my handgun calibers to 6 and I don’t need that much diversity.

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