The blued version actually weighs in at 18.6 ounces with an unloaded 7 round mag. For a compact slim pistol, it is quite ergonomic. Recoil was surprisingly manageable for a 9MM pistol of this size. The trigger is an SA/DA trigger that is Single Action first, and reverts to DA if you experience a misfire. A new feature to Taurus pistols is the additional trigger safety, so if you like to carry ala Glock or XD, you can. If not, there is a frame mounted safety at your disposal.
Of note, there is a very short length of pull between the location of the trigger and the grip. So if you have long fingers, you'll definitely need to adjust your trigger finger placement. I found myself needing to do that and I have small hands. A design feature I would change if I could, but certainly trainable so not a huge deal.
Some have claimed issues with Taurus pistols shooting low fresh from the factory. I had not experienced this phenomenon until now. This pistol definitely shot low, and would be a major issue for me had Taurus not included a fully adjustable low profile rear sight. Really a great feature in my opinion!
I did not thoroughly clean the pistol before firing, so much of the Brazilian packing goo was still in the pistol. The pistol functioned flawlessly through the 75 rounds that I put through it.
Overall, I much prefer shooting the 709 slim to the Kel-Tec PF-9, Kahr, or Walther PPS - and I much prefer the price to the Kahr and PPS as well.