I bought a Tomcat for my wife, but before I gave it to her I took it out for a good workout at the range. I shot both round ball and hollow point and did not have a problem, the pistol performed perfectly.I will go along with Tom H. and say that the stove piping etc. is probably caused by limp wristing, the pistol must be held firmly. All in all I really like the pistol and think that it will make a fine defensive firearm for my wife. If you buy one when you first take it out remember to clean the barrel after every 10 or 15 rounds to keep it clean during the break in period. That will help the performance of your new pistol.