@razr: I purchased it for the well known quality that I feel that this manufacturer has always exhibited. I also figured that German made would be better than other countries. It was also light weight, and compact in size. Price was really no object, but I really thought this would have the highest possible quality standards. My Beretta 92fs compact has no play and does not make noise when you shake it. But I felt the strong need to replace the Beretta because it misfired several times recently and I can never again depend on it. I would have purchased a Glock, but in MA, it is almost impossible to get a new model; everything here is used. New was critical because I did not want someone else's problems. The range is not very close to my home and I've been very busy with work. So I still have not fired it yet. I am still giving the benefit of the doubt with 4 stars, when really maybe it should get 2 stars. I even have slight fear that it will explode in my hand during the first firing!!