I got one in a trade deal a couple of months ago and figured to sell it. We took it to the range with the grand kids and they fell in love with it. Never had a failure and the 15 rd mags work and feed well. Yes it is harder to clean but it is not a show piece, so just shoot it and enjoy.
I call it my Studebaker gun. If you never owned a Studebaker car or truck, you never will understand ugly. They were curvy in the wrong places, no sincronizers in the tranny, and just generally very ugly. But they hauled the freight and got the job done. I learned to drive in a 47 Stude pickup and Dad said if I could drive it I could drive anything. You had to double shift every gear change. Now you know why I call my 996 a Studebaker.
Mine is not for sale, doesn't have to reside in a safe, and generally goes to the range every trip. Form follows function.