Yeah no kidding. I bought one a month ago and not only is the slide pretty stiff but the trigger is far from desirable. I will be installing a trigger kit as soon as I have the $$$. Otherwise it is a pretty decent shooter.I would try the M&P Shield EZ in 9mm. Eazy to load and pull the slide. I have an M&P Shield 9mm but not the EZ. The slide on mine is pretty stiff.