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I'm going into the Army and I wanted an M9 of my own to train on before heading to Basic. The M9 is an amazing pistol; fit and finish are excellent, heft and balance feel very natural. Feels light for its size. Racking the slide is smooth as glass, as good or better than every other semi-auto I've handled. I also personally love the dot-and-post sights. Haven't fired this one yet but I spent some time at the range with a friend's M9 before I got mine. The gun's more accurate than I am, and felt recoil is quite low for 9mm; combined with the great balance, you're right back on target in a flash after each shot. I don't believe Bud's description mentioned this at the time I purchased mine, but this particular model comes with TWO 15 round magazines. Beretta also makes a flush-fit 17 round mag now, and aftermarket 20 round flush fits are available as well. I personally like the factory plastic checkered grips, but there are plenty of metal, rubber, and wood factory and aftermarket replacements available to suit your fancy. I should also note that I am rather small with small hands (5'8", 130lbs, usually have a terrible time finding gloves small enough for me), and the grip still feels quite natural and comfortable to me. This may be one of the reasons others seem to prefer beefier grips like the Hogues. Lastly, the safety is ambidextrous and the mag release can be switched to whichever side you want. I don't know if the slide release is reversible.
There are only two complaints I have about the M9. One I think is just mine in particular; the front sight post's white paint has some dark splotches in it, not sure what it is but it makes it overall not as bright white as the rear sight. Easy to correct myself, though. The second, and more serious, complaint I have is the mag release. It is extremely small, does not protrude far from the weapon, and is consequently very difficult to fully depress when holding the weapon in a firing position. Maybe my thumb is just too short, or maybe the spring will get broken in with time, but as it is I have to change my grip to be able to place enough pressure on it to actually drop the mag. At the time of this writing, Beretta sells two different replacement enlarged mag releases, either of which I think would probably make it ten times better (I am keeping the factory default one only because I'm assuming that is what I will have to work with on my M9 qualification trials). In my opinion, the larger mag release should be standard on these pistols, but your experience may vary.
Bottom line: This is my new favorite pistol, and it's replacing my CZ-75 compact as my go-to defensive handgun (and that's saying something). I would happily trust my M9 with my life any day of the week.