I plan on taking my C9, and my JCP out this weekend, and I am going to do up a "no B.S." performance test on them. I will post the results so others can use the information if they want to purchase one of these firearms.
Hello Sgt. Miller.
My first new pistol was a Hi Point 9mm. I thought it was ugly and top heavy, but it went bang every time I shot my Winchester FMJ white box ammo during target practice, and it was pretty accurate. Then one day I used it for real on a raccoon. The first shot got him in the leg as he ran away, then the second round jammed on the feed ramp. The difference?, I was using my Winchester self defense hollow point ammo. Two days later I took it to the local gun shop and traded it for a new Springfield Armory Sub-Compact XD-40. I quickly decided that if I couldn't depend on it to shoot at coons, I certainly couldn't depend on it for self defense either.
I'm all for getting the most out of my dollar, except when my life or a loved one's will depend on it. By the way I absolutely love my XD-40. It will eat any ammo, is very accurate, is much easier to handle than the 9mm Hi Point, and has a lot better trigger on it. And most importantly I can depend on it. I don't mean to rain on your parade, I'm just letting you know my experience with my Hi Point 9mm. I do however have a Hi Point 9mm carbine, that has been flawless in it's performance. Like the pistol it is inexpensive looking, and a bit clunky, but it hasn't let me down yet. Although in hindsight I wish I had gotten a .40 cal. model.
PS. No raccoons have survived the fury of one of my .40 JHP rounds. The exit wounds are horrific compared to the tiny exit wounds of the 9mm JHP round. I had gotten several ground hogs with my Hi Point, but the wounds were very small. The .40 is a whole different story.