Whereas the XD takes advantage of the inherent reliability of the design by making their version with lowered machining tolerances, poorer finish, and extra doodads, and lo and behold, it's still reliable. It's just that some of the extra doodads might break or stop working (e.g. chamber indicator stuck), you'll need a gunsmith to make many common repairs (or even change the sights), and you'll have fewer aftermarket accessories. It might shoot better, off hand, for some people, and to these people go my sincerest condolences. Even if I could shoot a Hi Point better than a Sig, I still wouldn't call the Hi Point a superior firearm.