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Old 07-01-2011, 03:27 AM   #1
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I have been around guns my whole life but its always been rifles and shotguns. I am still kinda new to pistols. I have a sigma 40ve and have put about 1000 rounds through it but do not have much experience with other pistols. One of my friends is looking for his first pistol just for hd and sport. He is even worse off on cash than I am right now. We found a Hi-point .380 at buds guns online for 129.00. I know hi point is far from the best quality of gun but is this at least not gonna fall apart on him?

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Old 07-01-2011, 05:07 AM   #2
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We found a Hi-point .380 at buds guns online for 129.00. I know hi point is far from the best quality of gun but is this at least not gonna fall apart on him?

Not hardly.

Watch this.

http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f...watch-41018/#8
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About the only time I would ever tell someone to consider a Hi Point is when they are in desperate need of a self/home defense gun and have absolutely no money. I mean, they're better than a sharp stick (but not by much in my book). Any other circumstances and I try to tell people to save their money a little longer and something of better quality.

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Olympus is right, tell your buddy to sock away $20 every payday for a little while and get something better. Check your local pawn shops and see if any of your local gun shops have used guns. Look for a Ruger GP100 revolver or P-series auto, both are indestructible and can be had for a decent price used.

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There are a ton of great used guns that would be so much better than a Hi Point. Police trade ins are a good option. The 3rd Generation S&W autos are also very solid guns and can be had for about $300 or so. You get the quality, reputation, and service of S&W which is leaps and bounds above Hi Point. There are also some good Glock trade ins as well. The doors really open for you if you can hold off and save just a little bit more.

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I would also advise saving up to get into that $250-350 window where a different class of firearms becomes attainable.

But Hi-Point does have its place, and this may be it. However if cost is such an issue, buy the 9mm Hi-Point C9. It'll cost about the same as the 380, is a better defense round, and easier on the wallet when it comes time to feed it. Even if you have to pay $20 more for the C9, that amount will quickly be recovered during ammo purchases.

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And a .380 is FAR from a sport pistol. Small, thin, light frame creates a snappy recoil that is not much fun to "sport" shoot.

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If he wants a .380, tell him to save up and buy a Bersa, under $300. There is an EXCELLENT article on here about what to look out for in a used revolver; that would be a safer bet.

http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f102/how-buy-used-revolver-44467/#post532596

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There are deals to be had.
Has your buddy thought about a revolver?

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I'm not going to bash High Point but that old saying of you get what you pay for is entirely true when it comes to a High point pistol. Most of my handguns I have purchased used from my favorite gun store here in Turlock CA . A lot of used handguns do not have much wear and tear on them. I bought a used Sig p6 for 280 dollars. It is a used German police 9mm semi automatic which I always carry with me when I drive long distances out of town. This is a good example of how you can spend a little bit more money and buy a good quality handgun to protect yourself with. There are a lot of brand new 38 specials on the market right now that are under 300 dollars .My friend bought a brand new highpoint pistol and it jammed up all the time the first couple hundred rounds now it shoots fine. If I buy a brand new firearm it should work fine right out of the box.

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