Hi all, I am new to the forum, and I have just purchased my first pistol, a Hi Point C9. This is the first pistol I have ever purchased, and the first I have shot that was larger than a .22. The Decision: I spent about a year or so reading and researching pistols, and I looked at various types, makes, and calibers. People told me to "Get a Ruger! Get a Glock! Get a <fancy $500-$700-$1000 brand-name-that I-can't-afford>. They sneered at anything less that $350-$400. If I said the word Hi-Point, well, you know how people get... After months of research and lurking on various forums, my attention kept coming back to Hi-Point. I read the various articles and post that denigrated the Hi Point, stating that it was "dangerous junk that will blow up in your face!" and that it was "unreliable, unless you needed a boat anchor" I also noted that everyone seemed to think it was "ugly"... Anyway, I also found several article and videos showing that the Hi Point is reliable, safe and accurate. Nutnfancy's review and Iragvetteran8888's torture test videos were big factors in my decision. I got my C9 for $149.99(+tax & background check) at a pawn shop near me. It was brand new in the box. I also picked up a 10 rd. mag, cleaning kit, and a storage case. For $226.00, I am now a gun owner. First Impressions: This is not a light weight gun. However, it is not what I would call "heavy". It feels very solid in my hand, and there is no way anyone would ever mistake this gun for a 'toy'. The magazine locks in with a very distinctive "KLIKK" sound, and the magazine pops free very quickly when you push the release button. The Safety lever is a bit rough, but that's OK, it works. I can work it easily with my thumb. The grips are nicely contoured, but a bit slicker than I'd like. I'd prefer a rubber grip instead the plastic. I don't know why everyone keeps calling the Hi Point "Ugly". I kinda like the look of it myself. It's a simple, utilitarian design that works. I am a big believer that Function is more important than Form, and function makes it beautiful in and of itself. But then again, if I ever have to shoot someone, I am not going to care what they think of my gun's looks. Issues: I went to a local range to get a feel for the pistol. I was pleasantly surprised at the accuracy, I was putting shots pretty close to where I was aiming. It was a bit low and to the right, but I tweaked the sights, and that put me back on target. The recoil was bigger than I am used to, but then again, I haven't fired anything bigger than .22 before, either. I will say that if this is a "light" recoil for a 9mm, I shudder to think what the recoil on a lightweight 9mm pocket gun will be like! I fired 150 rounds, and I did have a few fail-to-feed issues, but mostly in the 10 rd mag, and only on the first round. The 8 round mag only had the 1st rd FTF twice. When I only loaded 9 rounds in the 10 rd mag, there were no problems. Further reading seems to show that this is normal with new mags until they're "broken in". Apparently, letting them sit while loaded helps this issue. Two of my FTF's were from 'limp-wristing' the pistol when firing. That was easily corrected. I also noticed that the fins on the mags seemed to be bent pretty far inwards, and the bullets tended to point downward slightly. I tweaked the fins to open them a bit. This did improve the feed a little. I loaded both mags, and I have them sitting in a drawer until I hit the range again sometime next week. When I got home from the range, I took it apart and cleaned it up. I know it wasn't necessary according to the factory, but I did it anyway. The take down is a PITA. It's easy enough once the pin is removed, but getting the pin out is really annoying. Mods: Aside from tweaking the mags, the only other "mod" I've done is to take an X-acto knife and go over the pistol's frame and cut away the little ridges of plastic left over from the molding process. Getting rid of the little ridge on the back of grip immediately improved the overall feel of the gun in my hand. Future Mods: I do intend to color-fill the markings on the slide, and I'm going to get some fluorescent-glow-in-the-dark paint and retouch the sights. I would love to get a set of rubberized replacement grips, but all I have seen are the dipped plastic grips from the factory, or custom carved wooden grips. I'll probably pick up a Hogue grip sleeve. I may polish the feed ramp, but I won't bother if the gun feeds properly without it. I will replace the take-down pin with the set-screw kit. I saw that someone had a kit for sale, but I have to find it again. It will make cleaning and dis-re- assembly a lot easier. Overall This is a working person's gun. This gun is not a toy for people with lots of cash to throw around. It is not a fancy status symbol for trying to one-up the guys at the shooting club. This gun is a tool for defending your family, your home, and your life. It is simple, inexpensive, functional, and accurate. It's also damned fun to shoot!