So far, I'm happy with my C9. I don't even find it ugly. I don't mind the weight, either. What I find a little odd is the amount of force I have to use to properly seat the magazine. I have to give it a pretty good smack to make sure it's secured...a lot more than what I'm used to for my Colt .380 and somewhat more than I expected. It's true of both the 8 round and 10 round magazines. Is it just the nature of this particular beast? If it's normal...fine. I'll get used to it. Just curious.