First off, great service from Buds as always; pistol arrived at my FFL a day early!
Now onto the gun itself: absolutely beautiful piece, the frame was a LOT shinier than anticipated but looks sleek none the less. It came absolutely caked in cosmoline so a heavy scrubdown with some CLP was required. I installed some Houge rubber grips and it makes the gun feel exponentially better in hand (and look a lot sexier than with the cheap stock grips).
I went to the range with three brands of ammo in tow (Tula steel FMJ, Blazer brass FMJ, and Hornady XTP hollowpoint) and the pistol itself functioned flawlessly over all 300 rounds, although the Tula had 3 cases where the rim get bent by the extractor and cause a missfeed (I\'ll put the blame on the ammo and not the gun). Both included magazines worked great despite the springs seeming a tad weak, I\'ll probably pick up some mec-gar mags down the line.
In conclusion, this is probably one of the best full metal guns you can have for under $500, Taurus has been cranking these out for 30 years for a reason.
-Very soft shooting, reliable, accurate as hell (2\" groups at 10yds), frame mounted safety/decocker, sexy Beretta esque design, stainless steel.
-Fairly heavy for a 9mm (almost three pounds fully loaded, although that lends well to accuracy), stock grips are cheap and slippery, weak mag springs might be an issue down the line.
OVERALL: Solid 9/10
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!