"Fortunately, your friend was lucky(had money) to buy this M9. Why?Because it was probably a different model(slightly), which was probably made MUCH better with better materials overall. Lots of products are cutting costs by using cheap materials, so nowadays products are made cheaper than b4, even in 3-4 years time. So I guess that you are not really comparing oranges to oranges so,I can't really trust your "old" review. HOWEVER, I did purchase from Airsoft Mega a Taurus PT 24/7, an AWEsome pistol. Almost perfect - nice little box, soft grips, safety, slide-stop, tac rail, and best of all, built with excellent high-grade plastic/polymer frame and slide(at first I thought it was metal), even the mag! Not sure what is inside those mags, but they have some good weight to them AND hold max 25RDs! EXELLENT!So,based on my experience and your great review, I would probably attest and give it 4stars(24/7 5stars) cuz I haven't shot the M9. Weapons made by KWC are phenomenal! I'd say, Get It!"