Thank goodness for my rare show of patience. I've been looking at the Jimenez JA 9 for a couple of years, as I frequently stop in at a friend's gun shop - who I purchased a Hi-Point .45 from several years ago. He tends to sell a bunch of Hi-Point & Jimenez products, and I've had very good results with my Hi-Point stuff, which includes 2 of the 9mm carbines & 1 of the .45 carbines, as well as the .45 pistol, and their 9mm pistol. [ which is relegated to glove box duty] One of the 9mm carbines dates back to about 1997 & has had an enormous amount of rounds fired through it. All of them have been very reliable, and my compulsion to purchase sub $200 pistols is strong, but he has steered me away from his stock of Jimenez 9mm pistols - so that tells me something. My personal experience with the Jimenez products is only my ten-year ownership of a Jennings .22 pistol from the early 1990's that sometimes worked & was pretty cool when it did. I have had very good service from my Kel-Tec P11 [ $260 in 1996 ], and my Ruger P-95 [ $315 in 2010 ], so I think I would save a bit more money & get one of those for a lower priced 9mm pistol. I would not even recommend the Hi-Point, even though it is reliable - unless you truly could not come up with another hundred bucks.