FWIW, I'm happier with an alloy-framed 9mm and a steel-framed 357SIG. As always, YMMV. Having said that, if you like a steel-framed 9mm, get it - it should be a very soft shooter no matter what kind of ammo you load in it.
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If you intend to use it for competition, a stainless 226 makes a pretty nice choice. I had a few people try to sway me to look for a 226 Stainless Elite when I was thinking about an X-5 Allround, including Bruce Gray. It's got the weight in the frame to absorb recoil, but not as much out front to make transitions a little easier. I opted for the X-5 at the time, mainly because I really wanted one.
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My preference is the stainless for carry or for the range. The extra weight does not feel all that much to me, but then I'm used to carrying extra weight if you know what I mean. The Stainless Elite sure is pretty to look at as well as shoot. Always wanted one and finally got one last year. Very pleased with it.
Stainless Elite is my favorite P-226, even over an X5. I may go shoot it tomorrow. Range gun, however. Alloy P-226 bedside gun with night sights and a rail light. SSE has an adjustable rear and fat front site for a range gun. Joe