Polishing The Turd Part 1

Posted: February 25, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Everyone has that one gun that just sits in the gun safe, it never gets shot because there is something about it you don’t like. It also holds just enough sentimental value that you can’t bring yourself to sell it for one reason or another. Maybe you won it at a raffle, or it was a gift from a well meaning spouse, or like in my case it is your first ever handgun.

I have never been really called the sentimental type but when it comes to my Smith and Wesson Sigma 40 cal I just can’t bring myself to sell it. I won it at a NWTF Banquet about 6-7 years ago and was excited to bring my first handgun home. I slowly came to the realization that the Sigma was one of the worst handguns I ever fired.

If you aren’t familiar with the Sigma it was S&W’s first attempt at a striker fired pistol to compete with the Glock 17 and needless to say it really missed the mark. The Sigma features a truly atrocious double action trigger since it was marketed towards police departments who were transitioning over from revolvers to newer semi autos.

I enjoyed my sigma until I started getting into shooting handguns more and experiencing other pistols then I started to realize there was a lot left to be desired. After the 11-12 pound trigger the next problem I have with my Sigma is that it is a 40cal. There was no way for me to shoot the gun effectively or efficiently when I was having trouble holding onto it after every shot.

Even though I really hate shooting the gun I just can’t bring myself to part with it so I decided that there are probably quite a few other guys out there that are in the same boat. While surfing pictures on Facebook on day I came across a picture of a Sigma with a wicked stipple job and I started joking back and forth with the company about polishing a turd. It dawned on me after our exchange that I now knew what it wanted to do, I want to try a little experiment and see if we can find a way to fall back in love with our guns that we view as ugly step kids.

In this series I will address some of the main issues I have with the Sigma that keeps me from wanting to use it more. Everyone I have ran the idea by has thought it was a good idea so I hope it is as well received with all the readers. Stay tuned for some fun we are going to have using my Sigma as the test dummy.

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  1. Scott says:

    I know exactly how you feel. I have a 10/22 tucked in the back of my safe. It was my first gun and I’ll never sell it but when I want an .22 auto rifle, the S&W 15-22 wins every time. Maybe one day I’ll make something out of it.

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