A friend of mine bought a C9 almost a year ago so he can go shooting with the rest of us. He was recently divorced, and not a big pistol shooter. He never had a problem with it and maybe put 500 to 1000 rounds thru it. Another friend of mine is Single, and has a HUGE collection. Within a year I seen both a Kimber and a Sig jam up on him. He does has several glocks and I'll admit he never had a problem with any of them.
I have held and shot the "Compact" 9 and honestly it a little big and heavy for CCW, but I personally like smaller weapons (compact it is not). It looks kind of cheap up close, but from a distance it looks like a glock. I'm not sure how drop safe a Hi point is either. It make a good range gun for beginner on a budget. For self defense though??? If you can't afford better, than go for it, but if you can afford even just a $100 more you have alot better options out there.