Let me begin by saying I am an avid outdoorsman, well-versed in long guns for hunting and target shooting. I am also an engineer that enjoys taking things apart and performing my own maintenance. I have owned a Sig Sauer P250C in .40S&W for several years, but rarely take it out to shoot because of ammo prices. I wanted to add to my gun collection a more economical pistol to shoot so I began looking for a 9mm. Of course, when you search handguns online by price Lo to High the first guns that start popping up are Hi-Points. This is where the story really begins.... The Hi-Point brand caught my eye for several reasons: American engineered and manufactured, lifetime warranty, simple operation, and less than $200 retail. Reviews online were either guys saying how much they loved theirs or guys dunking throw-away guns in muddy water and throwing them at the targets after emptying the mags (entertaining, nonetheless!). After hours of internet research, I went to my local big box store (lets call it "Male Duck Large Hill") to finally hold a Hi-Point in my hands. The guy behind the gun counter was less than impressed when I asked to see the C9. As I worked the gun and looked it over he was quite vocal in how "cheap" Hi-Points were and you get what you pay for. Long of the short, I thought, 'for the price, what the heck, why not'. So, I purchased the gun, an extra Pro Mag magazine and 2 boxes of WWB in 115gr FMJ. I took it home, and contrary to what most new Hi-Point owners do not seem to do: I tore it down and cleaned it. I am glad I did because there was residue throughout. Reassembly did not go 100% smooth. I had to reference the forums when the trigger would not pull to realize I had installed the magazine lockout upside down. I did have to make a shim to hold the slide back just a touch farther to drive out the dowel pin (That shim is now in my gun cleaning kit.) All-in-all, disassembly was not a deal breaker. Also, it should be noted that I filled both magazines with bullets and let them sit to break in the spring. I worked bullets in and out several times, observing them as the fed from the mags and tweaked the mag lips outward with needle nose pliers ever so slightly for a better nose-up feed. I noticed that giving the full mag a slap against the palm of my hand to justify the rounds the rear of the mag improved feed and made it a point to always do this before shooting. Now to the range report. I took the clean C9, mags and bullets to the range yesterday. The target was set at approximately 10 yrds, gun loaded, and I started shooting. There was not a single mis-feed. I blame the single misfire on a bad round. The indent on the primer looked identical to all the other rounds that went "BANG". The short trigger pull was really nice and the recoil was barely noticeable. I had enough daylight after work to burn up only one box of 50, but it was enough to convince me that my purchase was a good one. Accuracy seemed to be iffy, but I am going to blame it on me shooting a new gun. With practice and some sight adjustments, I am confident I will get this gun dialed in. After the range, I took my C9 home, swabbed the barrel and chamber (very clean still), put a few drops of oil on the moving parts and gave it an overall wipe-down with a dry cloth. Another topic I would like to cover is the function of this gun in the hands of a left-handed shooter. The safety and magazine release on the C9 are both easily worked by my trigger finger. The lack of slide release is a blessing in disguise; I simply taught myself not to need it. The side eject kept spent casings out of my line of sight. So, now I am left with a critical decision: when I take my CPL class next month, do I take the "cheap" Hi-Point that is sure to draw snickers from the peanut gallery, but I enjoyed shooting or the Sig that cost 3x, but runs more expensive ammo? Cheers!