Well, any 96 series pistols will interchange magazines. I own a 96FS, not Inox and it's great. Inox is more resistent to rust and surface wear, but I take care of my firearms and don't have a problem. I like the idea of the buffer in the 96a1 in 40 cal, but unless you shoot thousands upon thousands of rounds I believe your frame will last a lifetime w/o the buffer. I did replace the stock 13 pd spring with wolff's 14 or 15 pd extra power recoil spring in my 96. You can't go wrong either way.