RE: Steyr Pistols
The M40 is a decent pistol. It holds pretty nicely and the triangle/trapezoid sights are very easy to align. The only problem I had with it is some jamming using cheaper ammo. Remington/UMC 180 gr. MCs jammed it so badly that I had to pry the slide back to unchamber the round. Now I stick with Winchester FMJs and Federal Hydra-Shok JHPs for target practice and defense. Haven't had a jam in over 1,200 rounds.
A friend has the M9 and hasn't had a single problem with it, though. He's fed cheap and expansive brands through it in 115, 124, and 147 gr. loads.
The price is hard to beat for a pistol of that quality, and the only other brand close to that price range I would consider is Ruger, or possible Springfield if you're willing to go a little higher.