Back to your 96 question. I had a friend in college who worked at the local gun/hunting store and he loved the 96. His point, as with most people favoring the .40 over the 9mm, was it has more knock down power and the magazine holds as many rounds.
I shot his several times and enjoyed it. I found the accuracy comperable to the 92.
Before i purchased my 92 I was debating on the 92 vs 96. Since I carried the 92(M9) when i was in the service I decided to go with that for nostalgia reasons.