The production quality is poor which explains the price, pending on who you talk to they are decent enough guns gun the size/weight/capacity ratios are in the negative. For a more "cost effective" firearm, take a look at Bersa. I don't know if I still have the picture or not, but there's a pic of a cross section of a hi point slide and there's alot of bubbles & voids in the metal. The only other thing they have going for them is a very good warranty but I've met more than one person that's felt robbed with what they got, even after sending the gun back to get fixed.
Personally, I think they're crap.