Smith & Wesson’s value line of 9mm and .40 S&W pistols, the SD VE handguns, are now California compliant. The guns have low capacity 10 round magazines and have been officially approved for sale within California by state authorities.
The SD VE pistols are striker-fired and have a black frame with a matte silver stainless slide. Sights are standard three-dot.
The guns are based on the old Sigma line and are aggressively priced with a MSRP of $399. Due to the inclusion of a California-required loaded chamber indicator, the guns are $20 more than non-CA guns.
Although the Sigma line has a bad reputation with many, I found that my SD40 has been utterly reliable and very accurate. The trigger is a little gritty, but better than the Sigma pistols I previously shot.