Hubby has the SD9VE, it was the best pistol we could afford at the time we got it. The trigger he has hated, BUT he is still 6-8 inch groups last time at the range. That is head, neck zone on the target. It has been flawless firing wise, never a failure, and so that part is great. I have no doubt I could pick it up and the weapon fires each time. Are there "better" guns out there, sure. Are you going to get one for the same price point --no way.