Hello all. I am sure this question pops up quite frequently but I feel it's always best to "ask the experts". I recently purchased a Hi-Point 9mm and have had the WORST luck with it....see my rant and full story in "Info for cheap pistols to purchase" thread found here. http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7169&page=5 I also bought a Ruger MKIII 22/45 .22lr and absolutely LOVE it! I did have some issues figuring out how to disassemble/reassemble it and I ended up scratching up the rear top of the pistol (right behind the rear sight, where the pin is that you have to remove) and breaking the rear sight the first day I had it. I am severely frustrated with myself because after 3 days of messing with it I finally figured it out and could have saved myself lots of frustration and damage to my pistol. Thankfully, I am pretty sure I can just replace the rear sight and the rest of the damage will just be merely cosmetic. It still sucks though.......essentially ruining my first nice pistol just because I am not very mechanically inclined and have a fascination with how firearms work. Anyway...now to my question. I am looking at possibly making another pistol purchase in the near future. I am considering possibly a nice 9mm. You know, one that will actually shoot when I pull the trigger...or maybe getting yet another caliber altogether. I am thinking if I go with another caliber I would like something that would be reasonably cheap to shoot. I shot .22lr all summer long and now it seems like it's almost killing me to pay 25 cents a round for 9mm. I am too poor....lol!!! Also in selecting another caliber I want to get something that will be practical to own. What I mean is a caliber that is very common and a pistol that is easy to find accessories, high capacity mags, and parts for. Of course, cost of ammo and pistol are a big factor for me. One idea was of course to take the plunge and get a 1911. My local guy has a new one for $425.00. It's a cheaper, no frills model but it's a 1911 none the less. I believe its a Century arms...don't quote me on that....my only hesitations would be recoil (how bad is it for a 1911?) The cartridges (.45 acp) are HUGE and I expect quite a kick from it.....and the cost per shot......45 acp ammo isn't very economical. I am NOT stuck on any certain caliber, or even on the idea of getting something other than a nice 9mm. Any ideas, thoughts, suggestions? Thanks for reading.