I have one of the original M9 Steyrs and am very happy with it. It handles and shoots a lot like a Glock, which to me is not a bad thing. The trapezoid sights are great for up close shooting, but at longer ranges (15+ yds) I prefer the conventional type sights. It is a very good quality gun, with machine work and finish comparable to a Glock or Sig. I have not shot one of the A1 series yet, but for the right price I don't see how you could go wrong.