As the title states this is my first handgun. I purchased it at Fisherman's Marine in Oregon City/Milwaukie for $420.00(Not bad). I was previously set on getting an XD sub-compact or and XDm. While researching handguns I came across the Ruger SR9c. Being pretty new there was very little feedback other than most of the issues with the original SR9 had been remedied with this iteration. Fisherman's had all three guns I was interested and after holding them in my hand I just had to go with the Ruger. The fit is amazing. I can easily reach any of the functions with one hand on the gun. The mag release is perfect and the safety at the rear of the slide is actuated with just a flick of thumb. The slide release on this gun locks into place so two hands are required to release the slide(I don't believe this is a big deal at all/one hand to pull the slide the other to release). The recess at the top of the grip makes the gun very comfortable to hold while the checkering on the lower grip makes the grip quite secure. The manual states that the gun can be dry fired without issue and it has seen quite a few these last few days. Now onto the pictures: This is how the gun came out of the case. This is everything included with the gun. The small envelope had a shell from first test fire. This is the gun how I use it(with curved back strap and pinky rest). I find this gun to be quite aesthetically pleasing(sexy ). Other side. Field Stripping is easy, not tools involved. The takedown pin is big enough I can push it through with my pinky enough to pull it out the other side. The front of the dual recoil spring is plastic, but the part that contacts the barrel is metal. You can also see the 17 round magazine and 10 round magazines in this picture. That magazine loading tool is a godsend! This picture just shows the scale to my hand. I'm 6' 190lbs with fairly thin hands and it fits very comfortably. Also not the chambered round indicator on the top of the gun. Here is the loaded indicator from the top. Also note the rear sight is windage and elevation adjustable. Here is the gun with the 17 round magazine and grip extension, it is quite comfortable but the 10 round magazine fits my hand just as well. My friend and I went up to Memaloose yesterday and I ran 135 rounds(PMC FMJ 115 grain) through the gun with out a hiccup. Ruger seemed to use some sort of grease under the slide from the factory so I cleaned it out and re-lubed it with Rem-oil. My friend had two used Hipoint 9mm compacts(very heavy) and one would not fire at all and the other had several stove pipes and feed issues. It did make me feel better about the extra money I spent, although he has admittedly never cleaned them. I am very please with my purchase and am now working on cleaning up my stance and grip. I believe the gun is much more accurate than I am being fairly new to handgun shooting. I was able to get 7 out of ten shots on the paper at 35 feet but after I read "How to shoot a handgun accurately" by Massad Ayoob I believe I can do much better. Dry firing at home with my original grip I could see where the gun was pointing before and after the trigger pull and with the revised grip and trigger pull I can keep it right on target. Now just to implement the changes at the range! My best shot of the day: 25 feet on a 3 inch wide by 1 inch thick piece of lexan. The top mark was already there and the side mark was from my buddy's Hipoint, mine is the one right in the middle, which was right where I wanted to put it:thumbup:. P.S. It was quite sickening to see how many people just leave their crap up there, I was always taught to leave with more than you came with. My buddy and I are planning on taking a whole day and do some cleanup and shooting the next time.