I bought this pistol near the end of last year, and it was my first pistol. All I can say is that the M&P 9 is just awesome. Great capacity, very accurate, easy to use/break down for cleaning, and great ergonomics from the 3 interchangeable Palmswell grips. I use this as an open carry weapon, and it's a little heavy at first, but once you get used to it, it's really not so bad. I've fired almost 2000 rounds of various brands and weights of ammo, and it's never given me one single issue. Just an awesome pistol, and the S&W quality I would expect :).