Greetings, I've been viewing this site for a few weeks as part of my decision to buy the C-9 pistol, and have gotten a lot of good info and just got my gun a couple days ago and made my first trip to the range today, which I want to share. A little background first. I own a couple of .22 rifles and a revolver, and a .38 S & W 3" barrel revolver. I haven't shot any of these for over 20 years and hadn't bought a gun since the 1980s, until the C-9. (I'm a young 70 y.o.) About a month ago I decided I'd like a 9mm automatic and began looking online. I would notice the Hi-Point at the bottom of the price range and since most the other guns were at least $100 more - at the LOW end, I figured it must be junk. A lot has changed in CA where I live since I last bought a gun. My FFL friend told me about the roster of legal handguns in CA and that guns purchased through a FFL here must be on the roster. The guns I was looking at weren't on it, but I saw the Hi Point C-9 was. I thought if this gone is on the list while others aren't - like the Ruger LC 9, maybe this gun isn't junk after all. I started watching googling Hi Point and watching You Tube videos and you guys know what that's like. But a couple things stood out. The guns are virtually indestructible, they're accurate, and they have a life time warranty. The negatives were about appearance - ugly was a common term, hefty weight, and a tendency for FTFs and FTEs (lingo I've learned here) that tend to occur before firing a couple hundred rounds through them and tuning up the magazines and maybe the feed ramp. I concluded I could live with that since so much info. about correcting that was available. So I went to the range today with those expectations in mind. The only prep work I did was to store the magazines loaded, as advised, and lock the slide back with safety and use a q-tip with a couple drops of oil to lube the channel on the underside of slide and a couple of other places I could get to where the slide moves along the chamber and frame. I ran my finger along the feed ramp and it was smooth with a glossy black finish. I didn't see any burrs or rough marks any where on the gun that were visible. I'm pleased to say that I fired 100 rounds through it with zero FTFs or FTEs ! The accuracy seemed good also, even though I hadn't fired a gun since Reagan was president. (Ahh, the good old days). So first of all, thanks for the help I got here before firing the gun. And 2nd, the issues I read about in posts going back a few years might not be that prevalent now. The fit and finish of the gun and magazines ( I bought an extra) may have improved. The first time I loaded the magazines I was able to load only 7 rounds, but storing them filled may have helped because I was loading 8 in each mag after the first couple times. Oh, before I forget: it has been mentioned that the C-9 was dropped from the CA roster of legal handguns. It turns out that was temporary because I checked today and it's back on the list. In CA guns are only certified for a year or two and have to be retested and recertified, sort of like renewing a license. I'm pleased to say that the C-9 and CF380 are back on the list and can be legally purchased in CA. I didn't see the JCP or JHP on the list. I hope this has been helpful for some.