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.