I know you forum veterans may get tired of these posts, but I wanted to tell about my first Steyr shooting time today. After driving down to Trussville to buy my new Steyr S9-A1 last week, I finally got down to the range today. After reading all of the wealth of information and posts on this site, I followed good advice first, broke it down, cleaned and oiled it, and also racked the slide about 300- 400 times as to assist break in. My range ammo was some cheapo Federal 147 grain UMC flat tip leadless. I was concerned because these bullets are also a tad longer than most 9mm ammo I've seen, and with the close tolerances of Steyr pistols, you can see why I was apprehensive. So how did my new S9-A1 perform? Flawless. I'm in love. After the first 3-4 shots I literally said to myself "This is how all guns should shoot. This is the benchmark!" I shot 100 rounds of the 147g Federal and then 15 more Critical Defense/ Zombie Maxx. The trigger is perfect. The recoil and muzzle flip were very tame and felt less than my Lil Ruger LCP 380 (those things kick like a mule). Brass was twirled fast and kicked out hard at about the 2-3 o'clock position. Two or three bounced off the rim of my cap. Fwiw, my mfg date is Nov 2011, and it looks like it has the new extractor (bump on outside), so maybe Steyr had solved the extracting problems by then. It also has the pen holes below the sides of the rear sites. I can't remember what Jeff at SAI told me those were there for, but he told me you know it's the newer run gun if the gun has them. Anyways that is my first Steyr experience, and not my last! I had intended to shoot my Sig P290-RS too, but to be honest, I didn't want to. From now on, it'll be hard to shoot anything else.