One of the most popular budget handguns for self-defense and concealed carry is the Smith and Wesson SD9VE. While the original, factory installed sight for this weapon is perfectly adequate, you may want to upgrade your SD9VE sight to take your handgun to the next level. Upgrading the sight on your weapon can give you many advantages.
For example, a higher quality sight can enhance your frontal sight acquisition, while also reducing glare and improving your visibility. If these improvements sound appealing to you, then a sight upgrade might be something to consider.
Below, we will outline and discuss the five best SD9VE sights for your Smith & Wesson SD9. While all of the options below are great upgrades from the stock sight that comes with your weapon, they are not created equal. The type of sight you need depends on what you use your weapon for and in what conditions you typically use your weapon. Keep this information in mind as you search for the best sight for you.
Meprolight Smith & Wesson Tru-Dot Night Sight
- Specifically Designed for Smith & Wesson Full Size and Compact 9mm and .40...
- Replaces Stock Iron Sights
- Battery-Free Tritium Gas Illumination
- Made of Anodized Aluminum
- 12-Year Usable Illumination Manufacturer Warranty
First on our list is the Meprolight Smith & Wesson Tru-Dot Night Sight. This is a pair of front and rear night sights that are made from strong, yet lightweight aluminum. The aluminum is then covered in an anodized, matte black finish, giving it a sleek look that goes nicely with the aesthetics of your weapon. Additionally, there are two tritium inserts in the rear sight and one in the first. If you are not familiar, tritium is a maintenance-free light source.
It does not require any external source of energy, so you will never have to worry about replacing batteries or charging. Each insert is surrounded by a painted white dot that acts to reflect glare and provide contrast for easy target acquisition.
The Meprolight Tru-Dot Night Sight is a great option for someone who is interested primarily in night SD9VE sights. They are specifically designed to replace the stock iron sights that come with your weapon. There is a twelve year manufacturer warranty for the tritium gas illumination parts of your sights, so you have protection for a long time.
Additionally, this sight consistently has high user reviews. One of the most well-liked aspects of this sight set that can be found in the customer reviews is that it can be easily operated with one hand. Users also like that it has the same features and functionality as sights that are much more expensive.
XS 24/7 Big Dot S&W M&P Front Sight and Compact
- TRITIUM FRONT & REAR DXT2 BIG DOT NIGHT SIGHTS FIT ALL GLOCK PISTOLS GEN 1...
- BIG, BRIGHT, AND EASY TO SEE. Tritium front sight is available with Yellow...
- DON’T STRUGGLE TO SEE YOUR SIGHTS. The dot-the- "i" straight-line sight...
- CNC MACHINED STEEL SIGHTS MADE IN FORT WORTH, TX. The sights are designed...
- MADE IN THE USA, WITH US STEEL, AND BACKED BY XS’ 10-YEAR WARRANTY. All...
The XS 24/7 Big Dot Front Sight is a popular defensive night sight to upgrade your SD9. This set allows you to see in virtually any light condition. The express rear sight has a vertical, stark white stripe at the base of its V, while the front sight has an large and very visible white ring surrounding the tritium dot. These two systems work together to improve upon your factory sight in many ways.
First, the large front sight increases the speed of your front sight acquisition. Second, the white dot acts to reflect light and glare, giving you the best visibility possible, especially in low light situations. The rear sight is designed so that it prevents obstruction of the front sight during movement.
This front and rear sight set directly replaces your factory sights, so the upgrade is easy to make. Each sight is made from blued steel with a matte black finish. They also have a rounded, low profile design that allows your weapon to still fit with the majority of holsters on the market. Adding these sleek sights to your weapon also won’t slow your draw at all. For detailed installation instructions, see the video below.
Trijicon Night Sight Sets for Smith & Wesson
Next on our list are the Trijicon Night Sight Sets for Smith and Wesson. Customers who use these SD9VE sights rate them very highly and give them stellar reviews. The front sight post is accented with glow in the dark, photoluminescent paint for speedy target acquisition in low light and transitional light conditions.
Additionally, this paint increases general visibility as well. The rear sight is designed at an angle, and with a serrated surface. These features greatly reduce any glare that could inhibit your sight. There are also black painted rings that enhance your focus on the front sight. Another unique feature of the rear sight is that is has “U” shaped notch. This design also increases your focus on the front sight acquisition.
As for the illumination, the Trijicon Night Sight Sets for Smith and Wesson has a tritium phosphor lamp. This lamp gives you the best possible illumination in any lighting situation, even no light at all.
These Trijicon sights fits the Smith & Wesson Models M&P, M&P M 2.0, SD9VE, and SD40VE. In addition to all the impressive features this sight set provides, the Trijicon company is a company that you can trust to provide you with high quality optics for your weapons. While their products are well trusted and well made, they are also backed with a limited lifetime warranty for safety.
Truglo Fiber-Optic Front and Rear Handgun Sights for Smith & Wesson
The Truglo Fiber Optic Front and Rear Handgun Sights for Smith & Wesson are a great budget-friendly option for those who don’t want to spend too much on their upgrade. Made of alloy steel, these sights are strong and durable, making them long lasting and resistant to wear and scratching. They are also covered with a fortress finish coating that provides even more protection. This sight set has a tri-dot aiming system that works by contrasting the front and rear colors. The advanced fiber optic system provides you with the brightest aiming points during the lowest light conditions.
While the fiber optics are bright and vibrant for you to see, they are designed to be concealed from the other direction so that they cannot be seen by your target. The shape of both the front and rear sights are sleek, smooth, and snag resistant so that they fit in most standard holsters easily. This also allows for quick and easy removal when necessary. The Truglo Fiber Optic Front and Rear Handgun Sights for Smith & Wesson fits M&P models, and is made and assembled in the United States.
Trinity Compact Red Dot Sight for Smith and Wesson SD9VE
- Connects on the rail under your handgun barrel.
- Durable aluminum
- Black anodize finish
- Easy installation
- Fits most newer handguns.
Last on our list of SD9VE sights is the Trinity Compact Red Dot Sight for the Smith and Wesson SD9VE. This is another budget-friendly option for those who don’t want to break the bank, but still want an effective sight upgrade for their defensive handgun. This sight is a different design as others on this list because it is a single, front, red dot sight.
This attachment connects directly to the rail underneath the barrel of your gun. It has a simple and no fuss installation that can be done in seconds. This sight is made of strong, yet lightweight aluminum, so it does not weigh your weapon down. In fact, it only adds one ounce of weight to your weapon, so it is virtually unnoticeable. In addition to the durable aluminum, this sight has a black anodized finish to protect the metal from normal wear and tear.
This sight attachment is able to be adjusted for changes in wind and elevation. It also has a rear cap on and off switch that can be easily manipulated with your trigger finger. When in use, the Trinity Compact Red Dot Sight has a strong and clear red laser beam that can be seen in varying light conditions. This sight operates with 3 AG13 Lithium batteries that are included.
As you can see by these SD9VE sights reviews, there are many great options to choose from for your sight upgrade. While all the above options are great, the best is the Meprolight Smith & Wesson Tru-Dot Night Sight. This set truly offers top of the line features and high quality craftsmanship at an affordable price. It’s simple and classic construction goes well with the curves of your weapon. Additionally, the stark white dots and circles effectively reduce glare and light so that your sight is never altered. All of this, combined with a reasonable price point, make it our number one choice.
Whether you choose the Meprolight Tru-Dot Sight or not, the decision lies with you and what you need your sight for. If you aren’t fully ready to commit to a high priced sight upgrade, then start with one of the budget friendly options. If you are a more advanced shooter who uses their weapon for more than just self-defense, then you may want a sight set with more bells and whistles to enhance your abilities.
Nick Oetkin is a firearms expert with over a decade of firearms experience. He is a published Kindle writer who has written on the subject of survival and prepping