I have had my new 226 TACOPS 9mm for about 6 month's now and still haven't shot it (what's wrong with me - ha). Been way too busy but I will though. I of course bought it because of the quality and reliability of SIG, but out of all of the models, I was drawn to it's looks and that it was actually the "Blackwater" w/o the logo and renamed. Some don't like the beavertail but I do. I did buy all new Mec-Gar magazines though because of the negatives of the Checkmates that now come with it. Didn't want to take a chance of misfeeds, hangs, etc. that have been associated with them. The pistol just feels good in my hand and still is a bad azz looking pistol.