Actually before i saw a deal on a sigma (50 bux rebate and 2 hi cap mags) hi-point was my consideration. I want a handgun to learn how to shoot, something that me and wife could go through a lot of rounds (use and abuse) with so looks doesn't matter. I went to the HP forum and found that everybody was pleased with it. It might be heavy, bulky but hey seems like it'd go bang when you pull the trigger. Lifetime warranty - even you get a used one, they'll cover any repair and parts and may send you an extra or 2 mags for your troubles.
some cons i found from browsing in the forum:
1. 170 new is a bit much IMO
2. trouble feeding with JHP - polish the ramp and breech mouth/ face solves the prob.
3. No hi cap mags - 10 rds, but i think they're making a 15 rounder.
4. Mag lip could bent and cause misfeeds - You can align it with ease (bullet nose facing up or down).
but you're still in time to get a SW sigma if you buy 1 in April, they'll give you $50 rebate and 2 extra hi cap mags. find one for 300 and it'll be only 250 when you get the rebate. Look at my other post/ review - i'm a happy owner.