Even as a teen, I struggled to cope with these feelings. The other boys at the gun shop would be hanging around at the Kimber counter, but not me, I was different. I was alone at the Raven counter, struggling with akward feelings, undeniably attracted to that shiny chrome plate finish, not wanting to admit it. I remember when I came home with my first Jennings, my mother crying, my father, a Colt man, screaming "You're no son of mine! You're dead to me!" Homeless, shuffling the streets, concealed carrying at night, not wanting to be harrassed by the $600 gun guys. Hanging out at the news stand, ogling the pictures of those magazines, you know, the ones with the Lorcins on the covers. But no more. I'm a Hi Point owner, and I'm proud. I'm going to OC my pistol with pride, and those who cannot accept my choice don't have to agree with me, but I'm not alone. I know many of you are still in the gun safe, afraid to come out. Maybe times were hard and you "experimented" with a cheap pistol. Afraid to admit it, unable to sell it. I'm thrifty, and it's nifty!!!!