First introduced in 2012, the Smith and Wesson SD9VE is a polymer frame 9mm pistol designed for budget-minded shooters. For the most part, the SD9VE is an updated version of the older S&W SD pistol series and the Sigma 9 pistol series. The Sigma 9 model was S&W’s first offering of a polymer frame semi-automatic handgun.
The 9VE version is a striker-fired pistol design, so it does not have an external hammer. The SDVE models are offered in two calibers:
The SD9VE is available in two configurations:
With its budget-minded price point, the SD9VE has been an excellent seller for S&W, especially in the home defense and self-defense markets.
There are several popular holster styles for the SW SD9VE, including belt holsters, IWB holsters, and paddle holsters. Let’s look at each type in a little more depth:
From a size standpoint, S&W classifies the SD9VE as a compact pistol, even though it has an overall length of 7.2 inches. However, with an unloaded weight of 22.4 ounces, the 9VE is relatively lightweight for its size.
For concealed carry, the SD9 VE can be carried with an inside the waistband holster (IWB holster), and our top-selling IWB models for the 9VE are these:
Belt holsters go by several different names, including outside the waistband, OWB, and pancake holsters. This holster style mounts to the belt using belt slots in the holster.
Our top-selling OWB holsters for the SD9VE are these:
Another popular holster option for the 9VE is a paddle holster. This holster style uses a paddle attachment to mount to the waist to keep the holster in position. This style is popular due to its ease of putting on and taking off compared to a traditional belt holster.
Our top-selling paddle holster for the SD9 VE is the MTR Custom Paddle Holster.
Here are some commonly asked questions that we see regarding holsters for the S&W SD9VE pistol:
Most of the holster styles shown below are available in a version to fit the SD9VE with a light mounted. MTR Custom can support the most popular light brands, including SureFire, Streamlight, and Olight.
The SD9VE wasn’t explicitly designed for concealed carry, and the overall size can make it a challenge to conceal fully. However, with the right IWB holster, it can be used for concealed carry.
We touched on that topic above and provided some links above to our top-selling OWB holsters for the SD9 VE.
The SD9VE and SD40VE are built on the same frame and have the exact dimensions. As such, an SD9VE will fit into a holster made for an SD40 VE. If you’re shopping for a holster for your SD40VE, those can be seen here: S&W SD40VE holsters.
Most any MTR Custom holster listed below is available in a version to fit the SD9VE with a laser mounted. MTR can support most mainstream laser models, such as Armalaser, Crimson Trace, LaserMax, and Viridian.
Each of the holster models listed below are available in a version to fit the Smith & Wesson SD9VE pistol.