In 2003, my wife kids and I moved from California, to Colorado, to the town that my wife was born and raised in. Her ex husband was very abusive to her and the kids they had together. As a result, he had lost all parental rights and there was a restraining order against him, to stay away from everyone. Before we moved, he had threatened to kill my wife and kidnap their kids. He had also threatened to kill me too. Due to his threats, when we moved here, we wanted to buy a handgun for home protection. A local pawn shop sold new Hi Point handguns. He was selling the Hi Point C-9 for only $99.99 so I bought it. Having lived in California my whole life, I knew very little about firearms at the time but have always been very pro 2nd Amendment.
I started taking the gun out to a shooting range to get familiar with it and become tactically competent with it. The Hi Point was hot garbage! It would either fail to eject a spent casing or failed to load a new round after every time it fired. It was literally good for only one shot and then you had to deal with clearing a malfunction. I properly cared for the gun, always cleaned it and kept it oiled and fired enough rounds through it that the fun was broke in. I called Hi Point on at least three different occasions to voice my concerns and the person who I spoke to every time was rude and offered no help. I was told the gun was an inexpensive gun so it was normal to behave how it did. Thank God I never had to use it to protect my family because if I ever had to, unless 1 round fired stopped the threat, my family and I would have been screwed. I ended up trading the Hi Point in on a Glock. My Glock has been incredibly reliable. With Hi apoint, in good conscious, I can never recommend them to anyone for fear that their Hi Point could malfunction as much as mine did. And the customer service of Hi Point was just as bad as the quality craftsmanship of my C9.