I went to the range today and did a short test run of the used Hi-Point JCP .40 I purchased for 50 dollars total.
The weapon was cleaned beforehand, and oiled (as all weapons should be).
I only fired 50 rounds total due to time constraints so I couldn't really do any hardcore reliability testing. I will say that I fired two 10-round magazines as fast as I could pull the trigger, and the weapon functioned flawlessly.
I fired from multiple positions and grips and I did not experience any of the common malfunctions that most Hi-Points seem to experience (according to the opinions and testimonials on the web, that is).
I was using standard 180 grain FMJ ammunition (the cheapest stuff I could find).
The trigger pull is as expected, which is iffy at best. There isn't much consistency between each pull, and it can be tough to make pinpoint shots due to the uneven pull. It is not heavy (I'd estimate 7 pounds maybe) so that is a small plus on the trigger. The trigger is about what I'd expect from a pistol of this price, so I am not disappointed.
The recoil is low due to the heavy construction of the weapon. There is still marked muzzle rise (due to the heavy slide moving back and forth), but it is not extreme, and it is easy to get the front sight back on-line quickly.
The grips aren't the best in the world, but they work as intended to keep the weapon firmly planted in my hands during operation.
Bottom line is this weapon is serviceable for my needs as a utility pistol. It is nowhere near the standards of the higher end sidearms on the market, but it does work when needed, and I will expect years of good service from my model. I am glad I purchased it, and I look forward to using it as my sidearm when I go back to my range as a volunteer range official.
I talked to the president of my range today, and he stated he was looking for good volunteer range officials that aren't too caught up in talking about guns and failing to actually maintain a safe range. I told him that I have tons of instructor experience, and I would help out whenever he needed. He liked the idea, so he's gonna put me on his crew (HOO-AH!!!). Plus he actually liked my Hi-Point. He said they were ugly, but he's seen good ones, and bad ones. It seems I got lucky, and bought a good one.
7 rounds fired at 15 yards. No wind. Temperature was 58 degrees. 180 grain FMJ loads.
Pistol broken down for cleaning.
Just another picture of the weapon (after I cleaned it). Nothing special.