I will start by saying that I love this gun! I have had a few almost direct competitors to this pistol in the form of Wilson EDC X9, Wilson EDC 9, Dan Wesson ECO 9mm. As a result it is only natural for me to compare the KC9 with these others, mainly because in general they are targeted at users looking for a pistol that either is a compact(ish) 1911, or a close variant of a compact or officer/commander sized 1911. This gun is functionally a 1911 although it has the external extractor and bull barrel which allow it to stray slightly away from the purist definition. So for this review/report, I will be comparing it to these three guns. I currently do not own a DW Guardian, although I have 2 (9mm & 38 Super) I bought the gun through Tyler at Cajun Concealed, and it took a while to be made because I asked for a slightly non-standard sight setup. FO up front and all-black U-notch at the rear. I appreciate the ledge/hook rear site for a SD gun. When I received it I was really impressed with the surface e quality of the stainless steel finish. Its really superb, and none of my stainless steel Dan Wessons ever looked like this when new. The only stainless gun I had that approached this one in exterior stainless steel finish quality was my Wilson Combat Tactical Carry in all stainless. I made it to the range today with 4 different ammo specs: Minuteman Munitions Blue coats in 115 gr and 125 gr, Magtech 115gr FMJ, and Federal HST 147gr. In addition to the 2 standard 9 round mags that came with the gun, I brought 6 additional 10-round WC ETM-V mags and another 2 Dan Wesson 10-round mags from my Silverback. The shooting part of this was pretty uneventful actually. I like that - the gun just ran through 400 rounds as though it was an old Colt. I did add lube before I started, but that was it. I fired everything standing unsupported at 10yards/30feet. I fired several mags worth of double taps, and 2 complete mag dumps, as well as a lot of 2 shots per second volleys. I am not a great disciple of the Bobtail, but in this instance, it sat perfectly steady, and felt like a govt pistol in my hands. this is the first time I have held and fired a gun with snakeskin checkering, and it locks into my hand securely without any irritation even after 400 rounds. Felt recoil was really sift and the sight picture very easy to pick up out pdf the holster. The trigger is breaking just at 3.1 pounds on my Lyman, and is very crisp but predictable. I was surprised that the self defense rounds fed so perfectly, but I guess that's how they built this gun. Comparisons At $1,895, I would say this pistol is very reasonably priced. At HALF the price of my EDC9, and $1,000 less than the EDC X9, I really see that value. For me personally, I only feel comfortable with a gun having a grip safety. It what, I have been accustomed to and it just feels right in my hands. The size and shape of the 1911 platform, somehow feels like it was designed for my hands to grasp onto. I never felt that way with my EDC X9, I used to feel the magazine base plate move with every shot and that distracted me. No so with the 1911 style. The only other gun, I feel is a real contender is my ECO. That is a perfect carry gun as well, but only if I don't have to field strip it in an emergency and need to scrounge around for a paperclip and needle nosed pliers in the dark. It also carries one less round, albeit for a small financial benefit of maybe as much as $500. No sense in comparing this seriously to the EDC 9 as that is an officer gun at fully 2x the price, without being in a different league functionally. I honestly can't say enough good things about it. Every mag I put in fed faultlessly and smoothly. I have one minor gripe. the mag release button is unusually stiff to press. Not sure why, I stripped it, polished the back little ledge (thanks Jollyroger for the tip) and no difference. Every time I want to drop and mag takes an additional second because I have to re-grip then push before it releases. Odd, but I'll get used to it. This is my first ever Ed brown product and overall quality wise, this gun delivers everything I have expected from my $3k+ Wilsons, Nighthawks, and my GI. It doesn't pretend to be anything other than what it is - a very, very, well-built fighting handgun of high quality, and it looks kinda pretty too. What's not to like? The pistol fits perfectly into an old Wilson LP2 holster I have and looks good in it. This is a keeper!