"Ugly?" I don't buy a firearm for beauty. I'm not taking it out on a date.
Rear adjustable sights. Not that you'll need to adjust it because it's super accurate out of the box.
Underbarrel rail for laser, not that you'll need it.
Online video torture tests: Cover it in dirt, slide open and breech up. Bury it in snow for hours. Take it underwater. Pull it out of those environments. Check barrel for obstruction, rack, commence fire. Yes, it still shoots perfectly. Watch your friend with the 2000$ pistol try to do these torture tests then fire as his pistol stovepipes horribly. Conceal your malicious chuckle at the irony.
Lifetime warranty. Fully transferable. Great customer service on phone. Have a problem? They take it, fix it, send it back with an extra mag for your trouble. Do the premium high price companies do that?
I have the 9mm and the .40. Never had a problem. Got both pistols new for a tiny percentage of what my friend spent on his FN. Mine are more accurate. Especially because I can zero them because unlike him I can adjust the sights.
I would trust my life to my hi point .40 in home defense.
I was in the army for five years. I assess this should a contender for our de facto sidearm. Yes it's heavier than the beretta 92F and its ilk. But try to break the hi point. In my experience I should be able to beat the crud out of a weapon like my SKS and have it work every time.
Also, Impact guns has never failed me on an order. Very fast.
Give hi point a try.