If you're dead set on a beretta, try the PX4 that came out a little while ago. They've got a great grip, and they're supposed to be pretty decent pistols, not too pricey either. I almost bought one and I don't really like Beretta all that much.
The 9000 is junk as far as I have heard and actually my buddy on the force says they call them tomb stone guns ! He said this is because they have an issue with the retaining pin breaking after so many rounds? Then the slide flies down range and lands erect in the ground like a tomb stone marker. Nice right ? The baby eagle nine's are awesome and operate with flawless reliability. I own five of the baby eagle's, 2 9mm, 2 40 cal and one 45 cal. I have never had a problem with any of them. The only thing is they are heavy as they are a full metal gun, they do offer them in polymer now, but I looked at and held a couple of them and they just didn't feel right. If your going to spend $350 on a gun for the range, buy a Ruger P series, they function well and for $350 new they are a hell of a gun. I actually own about 15 Ruger P series, I use the different calibers in these pistols to practice at the range as not to wear out my glocks.