This was my first order from Buds. I read all the reviews and really shopped around before buying this; my first pistol. I wanted to start with something low priced because I'm not sure I'll have a whole lot of time to go shooting and I didn't want to end up with a $500 paper weight. A $160 paper weight seems more reasonable.
My first impression upon seeing it was..."wow...that thing really is big and ugly". There's no way around it. I thought that the reviews might be exaggerating just how big and ugly it was, but make no mistake about it, you would be a rare bird to recognize this thing as aesthetically pleasing. I wasn't disappointed by this, as I expected it, but it really just reaffirmed the other reviewers opinion. It is also heavy, as many others have said.
I've been cycling practice ammunition through it just to get a feel for it because I haven't had a chance to go shooting yet. I know it's kind of silly to review something before really using it, but I will be updating once I get it out on the range.
It is worth commenting that Buds truly is excellent. I had a problem with my background check and I thought I might have to return this (after it was at my FFL). They were awesome about it. They emailed an already paid for return label to my FFL and said they would gladly refund me minus 10% (totally understandable). Luckily I didn't have to return it, but still it was amazing how eager and willing they were to help me.
All in all, it's a $160 gun. I wasn't expecting much, and I am happy with the purchase so far. Truth be told though, it is just a little too big, heavy and ugly for me. I am already thinking about selling it to my roommate to fund a 1911 purchase. I commend Hi-Point on making a good, quality gun for such a low price though, and for that, 5 stars.
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!