The P9 is an interesting design and please take this with a grain of salt as I am a big HK fan, not a very good one.
The P9 is not a shooters gun and will not holdup to the amount of shooting a 1911 will or a standard Glock at 1/2 the price.
Users who stick with them like the trigger pull and the grip profile.
It is not a 100 yard pistol, but you will find some exceptionally accurate pistols in the .45acp models.
A clean P9 is worth between $600 and $800 the higher price for a pistol with extra magazines and box being supplied.
Look for a low "mileage" pistol, you can tell by looking at the buffer insert area on the frame and the front screw mount, also closely examine the recoil buffers for cracks.
The P9's locking and buffer system does seriously reduce felt recoil, it is one of the easiest pistols to shoot quickly.
Also, look for the factory magazines with the rounded front edge step down, several companies made knock off mags with a semi square edge follower.
<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: David DiFabio on 2001-05-04 22:00 ]</font>