Purchased mine Mar 2013. Complete strip-down & cleaning a must. Great feel, smooth action, fired target shot to 00 no problem. As for rumored breakage of slide bars due to "4 spot welds", I found there are actually 6 welds. Seems very solid to me. Receiver is not tapped for optics, but a magazine mount light - all I need. For the price, this is the perfect bedside fixture.