Ordered my first Steyr M-9 today from CDNN...thanks for the posts recommending them. Was glad to see they still have them in stock for $299. Looks like it will ship out early next week as they are awaiting shipment for the hi-cap mag.
The Steyr M-series is an excellent pistol for first timmers.
The natural point afforded by the angle of the grip and barrel allow for ease in shooting at what you aim at. The sights offer some excellent speed target sighting that will have you looking like non-newbie at the range.
Perhaps, the one thing you wont really realize until you fire another 9mm pistol is the difference in recoil. Seriously, the Steyr in 9mm is more like firing a .22 when it comes to recoil in my opinion. My M-40 has the lightest recoil of any .40 caliber and most 9mm that I've shot, and I've shot alot of em.
In closing, follow the tutorials on maintenance and select quality ammunition WWB, Blazer Brass, and others you'll find praised throughout this forum. Make sure the pistol is cleaned top to bottom, inside-out before you take it to the range CDNN pistols have been in their pistol box for a long, long time.