A good friend of mine who happens to be female clergy recently bought her first gun. She decided on the Ruger SR 9. I took her on the Range yesterday. She fired 100 Rds of Federal 115 FMJ and 3 Rds. of Corbon 115 JHP. She had no Failures of any kind. The little SR 9 is a TACKDRIVER! She hit several 10 rings and X's at 7 yards. Since she is a new shooter she likes the idea of the thumb safety although she now understands why Glocks don't have one, you have to remember to take it off under stress. The SR 9 is also simple and safe to field strip since it has the sear release system instead of pulling the trigger to release the slide like the Glock. If you guys know anyone looking for a great first semi auto, I can highly recommend the SR 9!