So I was awoken this afternoon (worked night shift in ED last night) by my twin brother who could not stop RAVING about the Steyr Ma1 40 S&W I made him buy. He went on for minutes and said after the very first shot he was a fan and "in love." I am still waiting for mine to show up by mid February. So now I am even more gitty to get my firearm. He said the recoil is non existent and is almost as light as our V-ported XD 9's. He, my dad and our uncle Kirk LOVE the trap sights! The only complaint was the elevation at distance can be tough but they are excited to take them to Front Sight Nevada and run them through a Master Prep course. One question: My twin and I ended up with the 40's that we paid $500 for from Cabelas, Lehi, Utah. The rest in my group ended up with the "Hybrid" Steyr 9's for $379. They said there is a VERY noticable difference in the triggers. They say every 9 is grainy and not nearly as BUTTER-SMOOTH as the 40's. So all three 9's are gritty and not very smooth trigger wise, but the 40's are PERFECT. My brother installed BT's guide rods and his cups. He said his 40 had less trigger pull and was smoother without the cups... but I will have to do my own testing regarding the cups. So the Question: Anyone ever experience this? I was going to recommend the BT articles regarding polishing etc... Just thought I would ask for some thoughts. Question 2: So now that I delivered with my promise that they would not regret their Steyr purchases... they asked me to find the next best kept secret.... So What is it? We are interested in the CZ.... but which model??? Or the Caracal... They JUST sold the last one today at my local store... I went to the store to snatch it up just 5 minutes ago!!! GONE! Anyhow I personally did not like the backstrap of the Caracal...so was hoping/waiting they would fix it or give us removable backstraps like XD or M&P's. But who know's if they will. I read the review regarding the Shadow... is that the model I should look at first or should I go Caracal? Both I know is the best option so since I probably will in the future... which CZ would you guys point me towards. THANK YOU all for your help. I appreciate it. Dr. Dr.