A bunch of naval gazing here guys.
Try to cheer up.
I actually picked one up a couple weeks ago and have shot it and completely disassembled it. Not much to report except that it works as advertised. Mine fed Monarch brand and Hornaday XTP ammunition just fine and feeding was very smooth.
The things I like best are the excellent checkering, the traditional metal construction, the longer (from front to back grip), excellent mag release, and very good DAO trigger with double strike capability and no false reset.
They're readily available at Academy stores for around $350. I think they are a good value, especially if you're getting bored with plastic pistols.