I've got a .40 caliber P229. I absolutely love it and I would recommend it to anyone provided it fit their hands well. So, I recommend the P229 with the above caveat. The DA pull is pretty rough but the SA pull after the first shot is quite nice. I think you'll be happy with it in 9mm as well; it handles about the same either way. The P226 is essentially the same gun but bigger, so if that is what fits you better then you're getting the same quality. Happy shooting, hope whatever you pick serves you well!