No, you missed the point. $300 wont get you reliability either. Now, the topic of used guns of proven functionality for cheap is something to consider. I wouldn’t consider a person with a $500 weapon a snob either, I would call them stupid if they are putting whatever that is up against the next level.That's funny right there. If a Hi Point costs 200 then snobbery begins at 300. I don't own a Hi Point but the people that do own them seem to like them.