Sooo i hear alot about how these things are a big bundle of suck," you get what you pay for", the butt of many handgun jokes and so on and so forth. So i bought one(45) I wanted somthing that i didnt have to spit polish and gouge my eyes out if i ever dumped it outta canoe. Had a old buddy go with me to the LGS and hava looksee around at couple models, since he has a great overall knowledge over things that go bang. I pointed at the HP, and he just shrugged and said hes never even held one let alone shoot one. As he was telling me about shooting some "goldcup" thing or rather we headed out to the range out back. I pulled it outta the box and commenced. Handling it was blocky and clunky, and she werent even in the same room with pretty. The handle was cheap hollow plastic that was hard to hold onto. I rack the slide and look at him with the, "well heres goes nothing look". He looks back at me with a big toothy grin. As i look down it(thinking to myself, im glad nobodys out here but us 2) I release the safety, reset and squeeze. Hmmm went bang. Empting the clip, i knew before i put it down that no matter how much i didnt Want to like it, i did. I didnt tell Tom that right yet. I wanted him to try it. I havent picked up a handgun in years, and i wanted sombody seasoned to giv me the honest op. He smiled and told me id done good just to stay inside the big box on the paper lol. He loads a clip and puts it up like he knows what hes doing, and does his thing. His eyebrows are raised and his head is shakin up n down. Notbad notbad, he says. Hes talkin bout the gun, not his shootin. Okok now im just ramblin. bottom line. I bought the thing b4 i tried it, and i dont have much bad to say about it. I threw a rubber grip on it and end of story.