Only ever shot one once 10 years ago if I remember correctly it threw the empties straight up and down the back of your shirt. OUCH! When it comes to handguns if it doesn't say S&W, Colt (and the better 1911 clones) , Ruger or Glock on it I keep walking past. I've heard good things about Browning Buckmarks and my local range has them for newbie shooters but I've never owned one.
HI Points have improved over the years but they are what they are. Cheap guns with good accuracy that shoot any ammo put in them and are made in the USA. Ohio specifically. If I could afford nothing else I'd have a house full of Hi Point pistols and Carbines. I had one 9mm Carbine a lil while back. I put an after market stock on it to dress it up along with a red dot site. It was dead on from 50 yards in. Don't knock em. We all have our preferences but any port in a storm.
9 out of 10 times when someone isn't hitting what they shoot at the problem isn't the gun.