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Old 03-12-2009, 08:24 PM   #1
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I am researching to buy a Hi Point 9mm hand gun. I currently have a S&W 40 but it is really big. I want to get a gun for concealment. I have been reading reviews on line and over all most guys say they like the Hi Point gun for the price. I know they are a really cheap gun but I just need another for shooting around (9mm ammo cheaper than my 40) but I am a little bit leary about carrying this one because of a few bad reviews. Any of you own one of these guns and have problems?

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Old 03-12-2009, 08:38 PM   #2
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These are about the worst handguns for concealed carry.

If you want something different, You can go the route of a sub-compact Glock, XD, Kahr Arms, or Kel-Tec.

The Hi-Points are only good for plinking and service as a "tackle box" gun.

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Hi-points are not carry guns. You think your S&W is heavy....

If you are looking for a daily shooter in a Hi-Point, go with the .40 or .45. Still, not a comfortable carry piece, imo. There are guns out there that weigh half as much and are smaller. Just my opinion.

Still, none of them will only be $150.

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You have got to be kidding, right? I hope all the people who ever decide to attack me use Hi-Points & Jennings & Brycos..JUNK. Hi Points are large enough to use for a small fishing skiff's anchor...

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You have got to be kidding, right? I hope all the people who ever decide to attack me use Hi-Points & Jennings & Brycos..JUNK. Hi Points are large enough to use for a small fishing skiff's anchor...
I personally wouldn't own one unless it was just for plinking. But hi points do not deserve to be in the same sentence with Jennings and Brycos. My brother in law has about 12000 rounds down his hi point .40 s&w and has not failed him at all. And I actually shoot pretty good with it.

I would not recommend for a carry gun. Spend another 100 and get a kel-tec pf9
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I think $150 is an awful lot of money for a door stop and its efficacy as a door stop is equal to its use as a PD gun.



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RBran, What kind of S&W do you own now? As you can see on this thread not a lot of Hi Point fans and that is for a reason. When these guys get hard on a pistol it's something to avoid. Lots of expereince here and for the most part good natured people. How much do you have to spend on your new pistol? Is it for plinking or carry? I expect with a little more information we can point you to a few pistols to check out.

Oh my personal opinion, I'd never own a hi point.

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Here's a little review from youtube that will open your eyes. Near the end of the video clip, you'll see some evidence of a busted Hi-Point C9.

Now it's one thing to see a barrel that went kaboom. You can make argument about maybe the rounds were lead or overpowered or etc. This is a failure of the FRONT of the slide. The front of the slide completely busted off during firing. I do realize this is one pistol, but because the slide literally sheared in two pieces, this pistol is a no-go. The front of the slide does not experience high pressures like the barrel does.

After seeing this video, I think people are literally taking a chance (although it may still be small) every time they touch off a round in these Hi-Points. This is evidence that the Hi-Point is prone to suffer the same problems as the infamous "ring of fire" weapons.

If it happened once, it probably happened other times. It just wasn't reported to the masses.


It's funny. The Hi-Point owners out there wanted proof that this could happen to this weapon. The proof is here, but alot of people are now making excuses.

I used to like Hi-Points. I'll admit it. I thought they were the greatest little bargain out there. I have also learned that if something seems too good to be true, it usually is. There is a reason that the pistol retails for about 150 bucks or so. Think about that. If a new firearm retails for about 150 dollars on average, that means the manufacturer probably built it for a cost of about 60 buck each (top end estimate). How much safety and quality can you really get into a weapon for 60 bucks?

Hi-Point is an official NO-GO in my book. Take the 150 dollars and get something like a PA-63, or a Makarov/Tokarev/CZ-52, or save a little and get a nice revolver.
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Here's some pics that I found that are a little disturbing to me:







I have pretty much already kicked myself for ever owning a Hi-Point. I'm glad I got rid of them, and I will never get another one. I will not even accept one for free.

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My personal opinion is that it would be like carrying a brick around all day. I have a friend who's a gun dealer, and he says they are VERY poorly made and tend to break a lot. He sells them, but he doesn't recommend them.

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