I am thinking about purchasing a C9 to go to my local range with. I jus want a simple reliable gun to go shooting with at a small indoor range that is about 2 miles from my house. I have a Springfield XD9 for my carry gun, but would like a gun to shoot at the range that will absorb some recoil as I have had bilateral carpal tunnel surgery and my hands need protection from abuse as much as possible. I love my XD, but after a while its light weight gets to my hands. Also any thoughts on the 3.5 inch barrel as to accuracy? I shot a Smith and Wesson 45 over the weekend, and I really enjoyed the heft, the barrel length (4.5 inches) and the accuracy. But the cost of ammo would make it difficult to justify for the number of times I go to the range each week (3-4). Any thoughts on who I should purchase from for a good price? I am not opposed to a used one as long as it has not been abused. I have homes in both CA and AZ. Thanks to all in advance for replies.