ok, so, i've been interested in getting a gun for a while now. mainly for home-defence (granted i'm 15 and live in a pretty safe area, but one never knows) and maybef or going down to the range on base... however, my family is a little short on funds atm, to short to buy Glock or another "big" name. so, in a tedius(read:5 minutes an a google search) i've come to Hi-Point firearms. located in Mansfield Ohio (i live near Dayton) i've done some research on them and came to a site where there's a long standing debate going on about them. most who don't own one have turned their heads at this "cheap, ugly gun" but almost everyone who does own one loves it, and many have actually outshot bretta's,Glock's and Colt's at competitions. the handguns (my choice preferably 9MM or .40) are blowback designe (which i unerstand isn't normal?) and are heavier than most other guns their size, many dislike the look of the handguns, but i think they have a "simple rugged" look to the that i like.too, many owners havn't had a single jam/misfire in 2000 rounds, (which i understand is exelent) and seemingly, always go BANG so, i suppose i would rather have something that might not look as nice but i know i can depend on to go BANG should the need arise, rather than having a nice looking gun that jams half the time, especialy since this is home protection not a show peice. now, the one concern i have with them is thatto strip the gun, one must first remove a pin in the reciever. and to do that, apperently, it requires a 1/8 punch or a screwdriver of some kind. does anyone know if i could find a way to not need that pin? or get it out without using the punch in an emergency? also, if anyone knows anything else or has expereince with this company, i would really apreiciate help. my dad (Vietnam veteran) is going to teach me how to strip, clean, shoot, and most importantly respect, a gun when i get one. here's the website for HI-Point http://www.hi-pointfirearms.com/index.html thanks all for the help!