It's hard to believe that I've already put 1k rounds through my new M9A1 in less than a month but I really wanted to see what this baby is made of. My initial thoughts: 1. Caliber: 9mm 2. Purchased from: Davidson's drop shipped to local FFL 3. Paid: $400 give or take 4. Date of manufacture: From what I can tell 2005 5. Davidson's experience: Very satisfied, great communication, and Davidson's lifetime guarantee in addition to Steyr's is a plus. 'Already took advantage of it (see below) and they (Davidson's) mean what they say. 6. Functioning problems or otherwise snafus: During the first 200 rounds, I experienced a few failures of the slide to return to full battery (stopped just short) and slide not locking back after the last round. 'Cause was determined to be too-short springs installed in the 15-round magazines that came with the gun. They in fact appeared to have 10-round springs instead. (I have yet to be able to figure this one out. File it under "stuff happens.") Once the springs were changed (apologies from Davidson's along with replacements), the problem disappeared and it's been smooth sailing ever since - zero problems of any kind. The need for a 200 round break-in (applicable to most guns) may have also contributed to the failure of the slide to return to full battery. I strongly recommend in the case of any new gun, a liberal application of gun lube to the rails. Brian Enos' Slide Glide Lite is my personal favorite but there are others. 7. Accuracy: It's a cliche but the gun is more accurate than I'll ever be. 8. Trapezoid Sights: 'Skeptical at first, they grow on you. Stick with them. 9. Handling: The MA1's ergonomics are very good particularly for those with small hands. I do prefer the grip angle of my Walther P99 but that's a personal thing and it may not be true in your case. 10. Aesthetics and Wearability: Although Melonite is impregnated into the base metal to prevent rust, the blackened exterior slide finish is somewhat Spartan and thin compared to other guns. The appearance of the gun overall is attractive and modern. 11. Enhancements Performed: Partial Big Taco trigger tune-up. To achieve a consistent trigger pull, I polished with 1000 grit auto sandpaper the trigger weight (part#45) and the guide rod (part#44) per Taco's tutorial. I did nothing further. I believe the polishing did help. If you are satisfied with the trigger pull as is, leave it alone. I also installed Taco's s/s recoil spring guide rod assembly. Very nice, adds a bit of weight to the gun and therefore some reduction in felt recoil - more important for the harder-hitting .40SW vs. the 9mm I think. 12. Would I buy one again? At $350 (CDNN) or even $400 (Davidson's), the MA1 is a steal and definitely one of my better purchasing decisions. If the going price however was more in line with other polymer guns ($500-$600), things become more complicated. Although the trigger in the MA1 does smooth out, smoothness is not lightness and I would much prefer a trigger break of about 4-4.5 lbs (mine clocks at 5.5-5.75 lbs but feels heavier). If this could be achieved and accomplished in a way that would still render the gun reliable for the life of the weapon, I would say the M9A1 can go toe to toe with the best of the $500-$600 polymers. Still, a 5.5-6 lb. trigger is plenty good for carry or home defense. Steyr's customer service is good though sometime you have to wait for a call-back, critical parts ARE available ditto for holsters so I don't buy into the complaint entirely about lack of parts/accessories. All your after-market lights and laser devices should fit the MA1's Pic rail. 13. Do I feel confident carrying? Yes though night sights would be helpful. Keep in mind, these are my thoughts and your mileage may differ.