I'm not sure if any of the folks at Hi-Point check out these threads but I wanted to say sincerely, thank you. I'm a prior military, married father of two. My family is my whole world. While we aren't struggling financially we certainly are middle class blue collar. I have been looking for a pistol for home defense and hell even conceal carry when necessary. I had looked for years and could never pull the trigger to spend hundreds of dollars on purchasing a firearm. (See what I did there ) Finally a buddy from my unit told me about Hi-Point and personally recommended them as he has a .380. I went out the next day looking and found a JHP .45 for $189 brand new. I was elated, yet hesitant. Did I purchase a dependable weapon? Did I just waste what expendable income I had? Day one on the range answered all of these questions. This weapon shoots straight and is so smooth. If your worried about reliability, this is the gun for you. I have had this weapon about 6 months now and have been through over 750 rounds without issue. Last night, I needed my Hi-Point. While laying in bed upstairs with the wife we heard a noise at the back door. Assuming it was the dog wanting out I wandered downstairs, pistol in holster in my hand for some reason, and came face to face with someone standing in my back door with the door open. I drew my pistol and chambered a round and the would be perp sprinted out of my back yard and hopped the back wall. I didn't need to shoot thank god, and nothing much more came of the event. But if I needed it, my Hi-Point was ready, and reliability wasn't a thought in my mind. Not sure this post had a point, and sorry if it's the wrong forum. but I'm just an average guy that is extremely grateful and just wanted to say thank you. Thanks do making it so a vet like me raising a family could afford to protect my family. Thank you.