I'll chime in on the berretta issue. As far as the TO issue M9 goes. Number one, it's too big for what it is...a 9mm, could be half of the size, weight and still meet the needs intended. Allot of folks experience with the M9 is that it was issued to them, remember the militaries weapons are made by the lowest bidder. There is a significant difference in the issued service pistol and the exact same model offered at your local gun shop. Also, when us military folks are issued pistols or other weaopons, they've been in hundreds of hands, some of those hands didn't know what they were doing and to say that there was a lack of care for the weapon is an understatement. I've seen issued weapons used to pound in tent stakes, hammer nails, dropped beaten and so on. Now, I understand military weapons undergo allot of stress as they were intended for, but when you get joe smoes M9 and it doesn't shoot as well as your buddies gold-cup that is lovingly taken care of....well, it's not a fair comparisson. What I do like about the M9 is that the mag release can be right or left handed, and I've alyas liked the DA/SA and the safety is easily engaged. Also, everyone I know that has carried one in service, complains of the magazines, they are junk, the spring gets compressed and fails to feed way too often for comfort, but again, they're government mags made for the forces in mass quantities. The M9 is a nice pistol if it's comfortable for you, simple controls, user friendly. Not the top pistol out there, but you can't go giving troops a bunch of ed brown customs. If you get a chance, shoot a commercial Berretta, if you've only ever shot an issued service M9, you'll see a difference.