Obligatory first post. It has been a journey getting here, but I have arrived. Allow me to explain; I have long held the opinion of many. When it comes to guns you absolutely get what you pay for. How could anything costing less than $200 be worth a damn. I also held to the misconception that Bryco, Jennings, Hi Point etc were nothing but junk used by gang bangers and drug dealers. I have been shooting since I was 5ish and even carried a gun for years for work, (armed private security). I consider myself to be fairly knowledgeable about guns. Then I found Kel-Tec. (I know, what does Kel-Tec have to do with Hi Point and this forum, I'm getting there I promise.) I purchased a Kel-Tec P3AT a few months back and discovered that with only minor care and attention something that costs less than my first born can be made fully functional and worthy. I went looking around online and found KTOG.org. Bunch of friendly people over there got me on the right track. Then I started reading about Hi Points from the members there. Everyone I have heard from or talked to over there, is absolutely pleased with theirs. So I started thinking, could I have been wrong about this too. So I did some more looking around found this place. I have done some reading over the last few days and found that the majority of you are pleased with your weapons as well, be they for home defense, range fun or whatever you use it for.( BTW, I recognize some of you from KTOG.org, good to see ya) So I decided to take a chance. I figure that worst comes to worst, I only spent $100 ish bucks and that the experiment wouldn't kill me or the bank to see if there might be yet another area of firearms that I haven't discovered. Tomorrow is pay day. At 8am, the soonest you can buy a gun here without a CCW, I will be the proud owner of a Hi Point C9 for $139.00 plus tax and background fee. If things work out I am looking to get a .45 and a carbine as well in the next month or so, my dealer has all three, and unlike most the owners actually own one. Among running around paying bills, and grocery shopping tomorrow I will only have time to run by the range for a minute and run about 100 rounds through it, but I have a big shoot planned for saturday, lots of friends and guns, so it will get a more thorough break in. I will post pics and range report by the end of the weekend, I believe in gun pron too. Anyway thats the way I got here, looking forward to many years of info and friendships, and looking forward to being as pleased with my Hi Point(s) as you folks are.