You cant really go wrong with the recognizable brands, most of them make quality products and back them up with warranties. Colt, Ruger, Springfield, Smith & Wesson are all good products, but I have also owned Hi-Point and never had an issue except with a magazine I purchased that didnt like the 7th round. Do you have any friends that are gun owners too? have you fired their weapons that are different than yours? Personal experience is always better than someone elses opinion, and if you do get a gun you dont like you can always trade or sell it to get something else.
There is no such thing as Overkill, Dead is Dead!