I have seen the Hi Point pistols in my local gun store for a while. A guy I work with bought a 9mm model a while back. I keep asking him what he thinks of it and he has never shot it. I guess he got tired of me asking so he brought it to me and told me to go shoot it. I did that tonight. I was impressed. I put 50 rounds through it with no failures. I was able to hit with it from the first round. I found it accurate with manageable recoil. It is a much better shooter than the Kel Tec PF9. Granted it is larger and heavier. It has a manual safety. You must have the safety in the fire position or it will not allow you to rack the slide. It will not let you pull the trigger when the safety is engaged. The magazine release is button just behind the trigger on the right side (where it should be IMHO sorry lefties). For the price it is a pretty solid gun. I would be confident in it if I needed to use it. I will probably pick up one for myself now. Now I just have to decide if I want the 9mm or the 45. I am wonder how much more recoil the 45 has. If they can make these pistols in the USA and sell them as cheaply as they do it makes me wonder how much margin Ruger and the other big names have in their pistols.