I know Ive stated my preference for wheel guns, and why on other threads. And I have NEVER owned one. Have I used one, YES...carried one in combat, shot them in compitation both .45 and .22. Reason... I now have one is my oldest grandson has been expressing the desire to try out autos. He shoots my S&W model 28 in .357 and .38 spc. He's a good size boy. Bigger than me really. He can handle it. If he wants to learn I will teach him and then he will be able to make he own decision when the time comes. While at my local shop this morning was discussing some new ones he had just put in. Had started carrying HiPoints in 9mm, .40s&w, and .45acp. From my past experiences both the 9 and 45 were out. So I got a great deal on the 40. Just $140 out the door. At that price figured if it dont work out, what the heck. Just run a line thru the trigger guard and use it for a lure retriever at the lake....... Besides now I have ANOTHER requirement to buy......MORE dies, MORE bullets, MORE powder, and MORE primers.....Which is good. Have joined the HiPoint forum, ran by Austin and the fine folks that do this one. Like I said there, ifs its half as good as the Marlin site it will be a good experience. I had him mark it SOLD and I will pick it up next week when the rest of my order comes in. With Turkey just finishing up and Deer starting the first of the month wont get to LIGHT IT OFF for a while anyway. Will I EVER carry it, or any other slide auto for self defense, NEVER, and my grandsons will get a demonstration of why.