Being a Beretta owner, I am a bit biased....saying that, the Cheetah was the first semi auto that I owned. Used it to qualify for my CCW license. Fit my hand beautifully. A bit heavy.....very tight, and takes at least a few hundred rounds to loosen up. Well built, easy to maintain. Sights could use some improvement. I sold it recently......I had problems with accuracy(it was probably me) over 20 yds. I was going to pass it on to the wife, but she couldn't rack the slide. I sold it, to purchase something smaller for conceal carry. It's a nice firearm, just wasn't practical for my application. I never had any problems with it(misfires, stovepipes, etc. Ended up buying a SR40 for the wife. The cost of .380 ammo is getting to be more expensive. I have changed my firearms to all .40 cal. except for my conceal firearm, which is still .380. I now own 3 Beretta 96's. One of the best IMHO. All in all, the Cheetah was a nice firearm...just couldn't get used to the sights, or the tightness, which is good or bad, depending on how you look at it. The weight helped keep the recoil down. The magazine springs are also very stiff. I would suggest that you shoot one, if you haven't already....you will see what I am talking about.