Hello! I'm new here so I don't know how much weight my opinion will carry...Your HP story has to be the worst example of poor customer service yet! In spite of this I feel that provided you get a new pistol that is properly machined, you should have no problems. I own several HP's in both 9mm and .40, they will be among my last to part with. Mine are reliable as any handgun I've owned, a big plus is their single action trigger that allows me to place precise hits at longer distances than any other handgun save perhaps the 1911. Since you've waited so long, I'd certainly ask her to another dance before moving on. I don't think you'll regret it.