I may be in a minority, but I don't think it was bad as a service pistol. In the Army, a pistol is designed to be mostly carried and very seldom fired. The real killing gets done with crew served weapons, artillery and aircraft. If things have gotten to the point that sidearms must be used, then something has gone terribly wrong. I'll quote the Battalion S3 (Ops Officer) of the Mechanized Infantry Battalion that I served with in Germany. When a Company Commander was ribbing him about not wearing face camo in the field, the Major replied "I kill with my mind, not with my hands." I carried one in the field quite a bit, but only once (in Albania) with ammo loaded. Never had to fire a shot in anger, so can't talk about that from experience. I can say that I had no problem qualifying "Expert" with it, just like the 1911A1 I first qualified with before the M9.