||First of all, an excellent rating to Buds Gun Shop for great service, prompt delivery, no headaches, etc...
Now, for the pistol.
There are a lot of people out there with negative reviews of Hi-Point pistols; It's heavy, it's cheap, bulky, poor quality, and, it's ugly.
When I received the pistol, it came in a hard case, with the instruction, ghost ring kit, warranty card, and a gun trigger locking mechanism. The pistol in and of itself did NOT have any excess grease, goo, or oil. It appeared exactly as advertised.
After picking it up from my gun dealer, I proceeded to buy fifty Winchester USA Target rounds (185 gr. FMJ). I ran them ALL through with no failure to feed or jams. Within two magazines expended, I was grouping my shots 2-3 inches at 20-30 yards. Sights need adjusting (I was hitting two inches above and left of center consistently), but that's of little issue.
The safety mechanism is a little hard to work with and feels loose, but fully functional. What was confusing about this pistol was that it did not have a slide release near the grip; rather, you have the pull the slide back further until you hear an audible click, then the slide is released.
I am very satisfied with the purchase of this weapon. There are a couple things I would like to point out to critics:
1.) Complaints about jams/failure to feeds - a lot of people complained that the pistol would jam or not feed - then they say they were using very inexpensive ammunition, but another, more expensive pistol WOULD cycle it. Here's the thing; you can't have the best of both worlds. This is designed as an entry level weapon for working stiffs that can't afford 1911's. While I haven't experimented with cheaper, sub-grade ammunition, I'm not going to bother. Do preventative maintenance and instead of having possible problems of jams with cheap ammo, and just buy decent ammo. You might even find that your weapon (regardless of what brand) is more accurate and reliable this way.
2.) The gun in question is ugly and heavy - the term 'Ugly' I find to be relative. The aesthetics of a gun are secondary to its design and purpose. Give me an 'ugly' weapon that will perform with little to no trouble over a pretty one that can't. As for heaviness, it's a .45. .45's are naturally on the heavy side. Personally, I prefer my weapons to be heavy, as the mass eats the recoil up nicely.
3.) The gun is of poor quality - look, it's $200. Once again, for its purpose, it does exactly what it's supposed to do. As long as you maintain it, and use adequate ammunition, it will perform exactly as expected. If it doesn't, Hi-Point has a lifetime warranty on their firearms.
I would recommend this firearm to anyone who needs or wants a pistol on a limited budget. This is a great range gun, and is suitable for home defense. Five out of five.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]