Hello all, I am Atlantamike and I am new to the board. I came across the board while looking for information on a problem. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com<img src=" /> I just bought a HI-Power 9mm at a resent gun show. I stood back and listened to the sales pitch and to other interested parties exchanging info about the weapon. Everyone seemed to be a happy owner or would be sales person to their friends. Once the crowd thinned I stepped up and spoke to the gun shop owner and made my purchase. I took the weapon home and put it away because I was going to be busy for a couple days and wanted to put my full attention to things. I own 2 38's but this is my first Lugar type weapon. I took the weapon out of the box read through the instructions and then began to play with the weapon. I removed the 8 cartridge clip that came with the gun and put it back. I tried the slid to get its feel and checked out the lock supplied. I then removed the clip again and it was then I heard clicking and clacking from inside the clip housing. When I moved the gun this way or that the rattle began. I turned it over and shook it. I noticed a part flopping around. I check the paperwork and it was shown as the counter weight. I had planned to try the weapon out at the range so I figured I would ask the guys at the shop. Well after the first room full of laughter when I opened the case the owned picked up the gun and shook it. He looked at his partner and he heard it as well. I told the part causing the commotion and they said they have not heard or seen of this. They went on a bit and called their instructor who looked at it and said he did not think this part should move. He then followed up with if you want to attend class you can use this weapon empty, but you can not shoot it in my class. I asked, because of the issue? He said no because they fall apart in your hands. He then said there is a reason Glock is $500 or more and this one is not. You get what you pay for. I returned home and fired off an E mail to company relaying this same story. That was 12 days ago and I have still not gotten a response. I was given a number to the 9mm tech support for the company. I have left 2 messages. No response. Here is my question. Did I get a defective weapon or did I buy from a defective company? I have gone to another gun shop in my area and they had the same reaction to gun, do not believe the part should move and the weapon will not be allowed to be fired in any class inside or out. I see posts showing people love them. I see posts that show problems and folks have had to go to local gunsmiths. What about the life time warranty? I am not seeing or hearing anything good about this weapon or the company. Did I make a mistake with this purchase?