I just got mine last Friday and yes it was also a early Xmas gift but I have already put 200 rds thru mine. All I can say so far is......WOW! I love this gun. I will say that my XD-40 got me spoiled at the ease of stripping and reassembly compared to the 1911 but the way the 1911 feels and shoot is awesome. I now know what is meant by smooth recoil. Anyway, glad you got yours and I think you should definately take it out for a test.