*No particular order* -Taurus -Keltec -Diamondback -SKYY -Highpoint -Insert a Brand These names seem to be continuously mentioned by people as to inherent design flaws, poor quality control, and poor materials. I know ANYTHING man-made is subject to breakage and malfunction. However, reliability seems, and rightfully so is a major component of Brand Loyalty. Economics teaches us, "There is no supply where there is no demand." Wit that being said, are there a large contengency of gun consumers who will settle for less-than adequate function from these manufacturers? Oftentimes, you do indeed get what you pay for. I don't have bookoos of discretionary income to buy a lot of the guns I think are cool. I'm fine with saving up, trading up, etc. to get into a quality firearms that I'm comfortable enough saying that the gun should be reliable. How do these cats (pun intended) keep living another day to pull a "P.T. Barnum" on the next poor sap? That poor sap is often: -1st time purchaser -hasn't done prior research before making a purchase -can't pony up the ca$h to get a reputable manufacturer I know that being cash strapped can severely hamper your ability to fund a "decently reliable platform", and I'd myself carry a Highpoint if I just HAD TO.... Believe you me, I'd be looking to upgrade as soon as my resources allowed such! Hey, in these times even a "Cellar Dweller" pistol is better than carrying rocks in your pocket for protection!