a word on those hi-points, don't know if i'd ever own one, monday was the first time i ever handled one, but hi-point owners/fans swear by 'em. kinda top heavy...a lil bit on the ugly side, but great for the price, hell 160 bucks about for a 9mm?!!!
9mm and .22 are great to start off with cuz its just plain inexpensive compaired to .45acp or other calibers. if you are looking for a 1911 in .45 rock islands go for under 400, mixed reviews too.
keep your options open, somethin cool will come up. Sig has their certified pre-owned program you may find somethin there too.
The HiPoint is a good gun for the price. If you buy, get a new handgrip since the factory one is real sh1tty. It is ugly but as long as you shoot some good quality ammo thru it, it will function fine. I use Blazer 9mm in mine.
But sinc you have more $$$, go Glock or Ruger, both great guns. However I believe that aftermarket stuff for the Glock is cheaper and more available
i have had my fun with Glocks.. the problem is they are about $600 or so.. i guess i have to play my luck at a gun show..
the p22 is nice, but a bit small, i would rather go for a 9mm
i looked at the hi-point, and i wasnt very impressed with the workmanship and weight. but since its only a range gun i would hope i would just be laughed off the range rather than carried out due to the quality.
the cz85 looks ok, i havent handled one as of yet, but that 1911 syling turns me off a bit lol..
Chulo, as you see there is a problem, lots of good choices. I read the responses to your query and I can say, IMHO, they're are Good to go. So many good guns so little time and money.
I like to know more about a firearm, then most people. I like to take them apart, and play with their inners (I guess I should have been a surgeon). You gotta start some wheres, so buying a lesser expensive firearm and working on it would not be to much of a set back for me. Some guys want to get the gun, ammo and blast away. They may only want to know how to shoot it, but learn to clean it out of necessity.
As shooters we all make choices base on our own idiosyncrasies.
The other aspect is ergonomics, does the pistol fit you. I have been shooting long enough, that fit is generally not a issue, I can make it happen. I do prefer a pistol that fits me, over one that does not.
It has been mentioned several times in this section, if you can try before you buy. Some ranges rent pistols, some buddies even strangers (at the range) may let you try theirs.
Also if you decide to take some classes, really check up on the instructor, there are a lot out there, who skills are mostly on taking written tests.
I have never regretted buying a firearm, I have regretted selling or trading a number of them off.
Glocks in 9mm and sometimes .40 can be found for $400 or less, even less if they're used. The majority of them now come with Tac Rails
The Walther P22 is nice, you can find those almost anywhere (sporting goods stores), I've seen those from $250 - $350, but thats here in TX, I don't know if the prices vary from state to state. I don't remember if this one has a Tac Rail.
Taurus just came out with a custom 1911 that will run you from $400 - $600, but thats in .45 ACP, don't know if you want that big of a caliber, as the grip will be huge as will the recoil.
The other calibers on that model have yet to come out aswell as the Tac Rail.