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Ive had this pistol for about a week now and can honestly say that it is a very good piece of hardware. Much has been made of the ergonomics and I will add to that. I am left handed and love that every function on the pistol is ambidextrous. The stippling on the grip and the shape of it add up to a gun that feels extremely good in the hand. With a mag in, it also has very very good balance. If you look around forums, you will read alot about the sights. There is alot of air around the front post when aiming. At first I felt this might be a bad thing but instead, I find myself to be quite accurate with them. The only knock on the sights is that they are polymer, not steel. In fact, there was a dent in my rear sight that deformed the sight picture. I was able to fix this with an x-acto knife. I contacted S&W and they are sending me a free replacement. Still, I would recommend buying this pistol with a Meprolight or Trijicon sight upgrade in mind. On a side note, it will take any and ALL sights made for the P99.
Depending on who you are, the trigger is either a dream or extremely scary. I personally like lighter triggers as I feel they offer more precision. Still, since this is being widely vetted as a very good CCW gun, it is something to keep in mind. There is a bit of intentional take-up to the trigger till you hit the "wall" of higher resistance. Once you get there, the break is extremely clean and as everyone everywhere states, the reset is ridiculously short. and even at a range with ears on, I could feel/sense the click of the trigger resetting. Its a very tactile and obvious sensation.
As I stated earlier, I am left handed and so many pistol mag releases which are not ambidextrous require me to use my trigger finger to release. I do not find the "European style" mag release to be unnatural, on the contrary, I am quickly coming to the belief that is is a superior method.
When it comes to reliability at the range, I am happy to report that I went through about 250 rounds of several brands of ammo without a single hiccup. I of course did an initial field strip and was also happy to find that it was not a huge chore to clean out gallons of packing grease.
I have one concern about the pistol and it is based around the fundamental design of the slide release. As I stated earlier, it is fully ambidextrous but the groove that the slide release catches on is only on the left side of the pistol. The right release lever is attached to the left one via what appears to be a polymer rod. I found it to torque a bit when releasing the slide with my thumb. In my opinion, it could be a part that will require replacement for left handed shooters after a while.
To sum things up, this is an excellent pistol for pretty much any occasion, the ergonomics are amazing and the quality and reliability appear to be very high.