Hey guys... So... I try to be somewhat involved / a member of any of the firearms 'communities' I can out there... Hopefully this won't earn me any tension here: Historically, I'm a Sig Sauer and Glock collector, pretty much every variant of the P220 and P226 in the former, and every caliber of the latter. (Yeah, that ends up with interesting stories on both sides, doesn't it...) But I was in a gun shop today and one of the guys behind the counter was "setting someone straight" on Hi-Point. (In a good way.) Admittedly at first I heard all the 'noise' that you usually hear too, but was always a bit questioning on the "stories" since I know these guns have a HUGE following. I know Hickok45 recently tested one and it ran well, and to be honest I've never seen any *real* complaints about these guns. Just internet hand-waving. So I had one eyebrow raised already at the 'haters', and today I guess made me raise the other one. Anyways, after hearing the employee relate several stories of Hi-Point's exceptional customer service, and two other guys "it's never failed me" and "It's always accurate and always reliable" personal accounts directed at a customer who was saying all the usual tropes, I said "what the hell, gimme one." I want to support, with my dollars, any company that still actually engages in real *customer service*. Sig has always been good to me on that, and if Hi-Point is half what I've heard, as far as reliability and customer service -- I'm there. Walked out with a new C9, and man was that a nice price to get that "new gun day" feeling from. (I'm sure many here know what I'm talking about...) And though the 'inaugural first shot' likely won't happen until this weekend, let me just say -- this thing is solid. And I don't mean "heavy", I mean solid. The feel and operation of the gun so far is surprisingly good. If this weekend goes well (And I have no reason to think it won't - well.. Unless it snows, but that's a Colorado thing) ... I'm already thinking my next will be one of the JHP 45s.