As for cracking, I've heard SOMEONE say that about just about every handgun made. My 96D hasn't cracked and has quite a few rounds through it.This one is going for close to $400 unused. I only have $ for one purchase at the moment and wanted a 92 prior to buying anything exotic but I could see just grabbing the 96 if I talk myself into it. I was after a 92 inox yet this eludes me at this time. Also heard the 96 with straight dust cover is prone to cracking after a while.
Pick your poison.