even though the size is a bit larger, I carry my Brig. Elite II 96G with crimson trace grips (although my gnarly, arthritic paws are having a harder time getting around it, I may have to switch to my Vertec soon). I'd rather take 2 9mm rounds than a well placed .40. My Berettas both give me 3" @50 yards and if 10 165r. rounds don't put an assailant down, you're dead meat anyway. (Not to mention, the aftermarket 20 round mags.). I put over 1000 rounds through mine without cleaning or a single FTF, just to test function.
May be a bit bulkier than others (my S&W) but worth it for the accuracey and reliability.