2. If it's new, it comes with a hard case, slide lock and two mags. Unless S&W has altered its rebate as of May 1, and now is offering a $30 rebate or two free mags.(choose the two mags).
3. I haven't heard about the 9mm being picky about ammo at all. My 40 VE absolutely eats anything I feed it. These are very sturdy work horses.