It was S&W's answer to the glock great gun for the money as others have said horrible trigger out the box.Have had one in .40 since they came out, yes heavy trigger, had mine dialed in for $65, has been a solid performer.
Simple field strip, polymer frame, SS slide, great ergonomics and its fairly compact size make for a durable, and serviceable handgun.
I have 100's of rounds down range with mine and no FTF's, not a one.
Bottom line is this gun has been maligned by Glock guys from day one, and that just attracted uninformed pilers on.
I say so be it, as it leaves lots of these pistols out there for an astute consumer like yourself... ;-)