Re: Highpoint and comanchee pistols
Personal experience will vary. I've never met anyone whose Kel-Tec functioned consistently without a good deal of modification and fine-tuning. Every Taurus I've seen, on the other hand, functioned fine. I wouldn't say either one is built for longevity, so I wouldn't recommend one for someone who's going to shoot thousands of rounds in practice or even more so in competition, but if the priority is working out of the box and you don't plan on shooting it often, that would be my pick.
If you give me the choice between a stock Hi-Point or a well modified and fine tuned Kel-Tec, I'd probably pick the Kel-Tec. If they're both stock, I'd probably say Hi-Point just because of the few people I know who've owned them none reported malfunctions from new guns. That said, I've read plenty of reviews to the contrary, so I'm not tremendously confident that they're reliable off the shelf. More than that, though, they're clunky, less than ergonomic, have a troublesome safety and a 9 lb trigger.
This is all predicated on staying at the low end of the price range for a new gun, and choosing a semi-auto, though. None of these brands would be my choice if the price range is more flexible, and a well cared for used gun from a better manufacturer could also be a great choice.
Then there's always odd-ball finds. I picked up a Hungarian FEG PA-63 in the used gun section of Cabelas about 8 years ago, only cost me 150, and it's always worked great for me. I call it my hipster gun, because it's vintage and obscure. It can be a pain to find 9x18 ammo sometimes, though, and finding spare mags wasn't easy either.
But of course, if you go with a revolver the reliability issue all but disappears, and there's any number of affordable models new and used in a variety of calibers. If the plan is to carry primarily while hunting and related activities, and concealment isn't a major concern, I'd totally go with a wheel gun.
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