My advice to you is, rather than buying a cheap hand gun buy the best handgun that you can afford. As mentioned earlier, the High Point pistol will depreciate faster than a used car. Consider a good used pistol too. Firearms are one of the few things in this world that I don't mind picking up second or third, or whatever hand. They are easy to inspect and tell if they have been taken care of. If you aren't experienced in this area, I'm certain you will be able to find some knowledgeable "gun-nut" to go around with you and handle numerous makes and models.