The wife just bought the next best thing - the SD9VE. It's the latest in the lineage of the Sigma line - and this one doesn't suck. They refined the trigger, the styling, and the quality and came up with a gun that runs between $300 and $350 new. It doesn't have the fit & finish of the M&P, but it's $100 less. It doesn't have multiple back straps of the M&P, but it's $100 less. It doesn't have as light of a trigger of the M&P - but it's great grand daddy was the Sigma, known for nearly unusable triggers. Wife's version is breaking at about 7lbs - and isn't gritty. It feels just like the trigger on a Kahr. And it's $100 less than an M&P. For a gun the same size as my Glock 19 - it holds one more round in the stainless magazines. Sights give a good picture out of the box, especially for plastic sights. They do use the same dovetails as M&P sights - thus making replacements a snap to find if she wants (she likes the factory sights though). We found that it will fit most M&P holsters and has the same general lines of the M&P series. Oddly - this newest "Sigma" weighs less, loaded, than my M&P Compact does. I think that's because the baby M&P has more metal in the slide. Overall profile of the slide is similar to the M&P, they seem to use the same extractors and roll pins. Very cool little pistol for the money. It's a natural pointer and very comfortable to hold. If it shoots like it feels, I might pick a 2nd one up and shelve my Glock as my EDC pistol until Smith gives into my pleading and makes an M&P in this size (it's right smack dab in the middle between the full size and compact 9mm M&Ps) Can't wait to get out and shoot it now.