My PF9 has been flawless through about 300rds. It handles hollowpoints just fine, and I think the recoil is pretty manageable. It's a cheapo feeling gun with a lousy trigger, but that's part of the design in an ultralight, affordable, and convenient carry gun. There are certainly nicer guns available in this size, but I think the PF9 is a reliable bargain at about $280.
I can quickly empty a magazine of JHPs into a 1ft x 1ft target at 10yards, and that suits my needs for this type of gun.
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