TheFreakinBear wrote:If you want accuracy, reliability and don't want to spend a lot of money: Pick up a Hi-Point .45, a Raven .25 and a S&W Sigma 9mm.
A boat anchor, a die cast toy and a wanna-be.
Seriously. While I have fired Hi-Points and really have no real problem with them per se, they are not what I would choose for a firearm. The Raven, does what it is supposed to do, but again, I would not want to trust it too far.
The Sigma is what it is, a cheap Glock knock off that has been regulated to a lower class status by other designs. I have seen many shooters start with Sigmas in Police Acadmeys and I'd wager about half of them move on to something else rather quickly during the course of fire in the academy. The Sigmas work, but not always.
The Sigmas are fine, better tha a Hi Point, much better than a Raven, and while I'd rather have a Glock, I can tell you that the Sigma works better than a Sig Sauer if run dry. A Sig will bind up on the rails if there is not lubrication on them. I've had the displeasure of seeing this happen a few times while instructing.
Given my druthers, I'll take a Glock everytime if it comes down to the choice. The well proven track record of the Glock shows that it can stand up to a beating. The Sigma, in my experience, not everytime.
Rather than spend money on not-so-good firearms to build up a questionable collection, why not save the cash and buy more top of the line firearms. Vances regularly has Glocks and other brands on sale as police trade ins for under $400.00. The $200 you spent on the Hi-Point and the $80 you spent on the Raven could have put a really nice pistol on layaway and you'd have been further a head. DavePAL lives right there, he'd be more than happy to guide you along.
I was young once, my first pistols were a Titan .25 and a Llama 1911-ish .45. You move up if you shoot a lot. Time and money, that's all it takes. Now I've got machineguins and $2000 custom 1911's.