Hi-point 995: a conversation with technical support

Discussion in 'Auto & Semi-Auto Discussion' started by Shopfox, Jan 12, 2020.

  1. Shopfox

    Shopfox Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I came across a used Hi-point classic carbine for $120. It's a gun I've wanted to shoot for a while, and the rest is history. The particular rifle I bought had a few cosmetic issues from neglect, and I had some questions about the rifle anyways, so I made a quick call to technical support.

    Q: what ammo/grain weight do you use for accuracy testing
    A: 115gr Aluminum case Blazer was the tech's go-to choice.

    Q: what's the best way to clean up the rifles light surface rust (w.high likelihood of gun being buried, zero concern for resale/collectibility)
    A: wire wheel, and hit it with light coats of rustoleum. The barrel shroud does not get hot, so no high-temp paint necessary

    Q: is there a safe way to reduce the trigger pull weight? E.g. spring swap
    A: yes. Take the gun apart to get down to the trigger assembly. 1st clean out all debris. 2nd some of the disconnector linkage will rub/drag against the shroud. The thickness of the linkage can be carefully be filed down/made SLIGHTLY thinner so it doesn't touch the shroud. Leave the springs alone. This process is now being done to the current production carbines.

    He asked the serial number of my model. Mine's an older one. He mentioned there were some durability improvements made, that my rifle would benefit from. Some of the older stocks also had sagging issues that could mess with accuracy. We talked about options for adding optics. He said Hi-point has a pic rail that can replace the original sight bridge.

    He asked me to send the rifle back to make the durability upgrades (recoil lug?). After our conversation, but prior to shipping, I noticed the trigger had about 1/8" of lateral play. Not sure if this is/was normal or not, so I mentioned it on the return form. Fwiw, the trigger pull weight prior to sending back was 7lb's, but really inconsistent (ranged from 5.5lb to off-the-scale).

    I didn't go into the phone call asking or expecting anything from Hi-point. I honestly just wanted to learn and pick their brain. Just a pleasant overall experience talking with them. Will do a range report (I haven't even shot it yet!) and follow-up when the carbine comes back.
     
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  2. Shopfox

    Shopfox Well-Known Member Supporter

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  3. Rifling82

    Rifling82 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I’ve always heard Hi-Point had excellent customer service, it’ll be interesting to see what it’s like when you get it back
     
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  4. youngridge

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    People can rag on hi points all they want but there customer service has got to be the best in the industry.
     
  5. PaBushMan

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    I have 4 hi-point carbines 9mm-40sw-45acp and 10mm. Love them all. I shoot 115 grain in my 9mm. Here is a some groups with hand loads. 50 yards. The 40 is low because i zeroed with some old loads. DSCF8318.JPG
     
  6. Green Lantern

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    My 45 seems to hold a pattern better too. Not sure why, the rear sight is nearly as far sideways as it will go. it's right on though.
     
  7. PaBushMan

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    Other 45 carbine owners said the same thing.
     
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  8. bluez

    bluez Well-Known Member

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    This is making me want to buy a hi point Carbine..
     
  9. Shopfox

    Shopfox Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I forgot one of the other tips from tech support till now. When you look through the rear peep aperature, the black of the round front sight hood visibly "touches" the hole all the way around in the rear peep.

    By opening up the rear peep home SLIGHTLY with a drill bit, you'll get a narrow sliver of light around the round front sight hood, aiding in more precise aiming and better accuracy with the open sights.
     
  10. Shopfox

    Shopfox Well-Known Member Supporter

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    $120 used, the factory is going across it, and I could get my money back out in a heartbeat if I don't like it (and it's cheap enough to bury). I haven't even shot it yet, and I'm excited.

    My kids are learning to shoot, and I can see this being something my 11 y.o. would dig. Ditto with my wife. Her handgun skills are a bit lacking, but if she can see where's she's putting 9mm on target - I think she'd be more confident in a HD situation.
     
  11. PaBushMan

    PaBushMan Well-Known Member

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    120.00 is a great price.
     
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    Wife and I each have a 995ts model 9mm carbine. Using the right ammo, 100 yards is a kill zone.
     
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  14. Oldoutlaw

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    Also, a HP is guaranteed for life. Some thing wrong, send it in and they fix it. NO CHARGE!
    Warranted even if you buy it used. Your work most likely will be free and you may get a free magazine back with it.

    Never need to really take it apart for cleaning. I think HP says for 5000 or more rounds.
    When it comes back, once in awhile run a bore snake or patches through the barrel, oil and that is it. HP has a statement saying this even. :)
     
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  15. Shopfox

    Shopfox Well-Known Member Supporter

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    15803254612141659553866576239301.jpg Rifle came back today in brand new condition, upgraded to the TS stock, extra magazine, sling and studs, etc. Zero charge, freakin' amazing service! I'm pretty excited to put some rounds through it. Notice the "x"'s in the replaced column. This rifle won't be going in the burial vault after all...
     
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  16. Oldoutlaw

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    You will not find any gun warranty as good as is the one HiPoint offers us all. Looks like you have a near new carbine now. :) I suggest you tune it in at the range with that standard sight. No changes to the gun at this time. You need not even clean it every time, and when you do, only clean the bore and wipe it all down in oil. These are not designed to be dissembled all the time. Can get a person in trouble if done all the time.
    These are designed to have the snot shot out of them and keep running. Seriously!

    Let me know how it does for you.
     
  17. Shopfox

    Shopfox Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I'm debating if I want to scope it. To do it right, I have to take the shroud off to get the sight bridge off, then remove/replace the polymer rail with a metal weaver rail. I'm really hesitant to mount a scope on the polymer. That said, I picked up a set of rings, and may put a small, lightweight scope on it as-is.

    I feel like I need to in order to do the handloads and accuracy testing justice.
     
  18. Oldoutlaw

    Oldoutlaw Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Give it a try that way first. We keep ours ready for HD and want no scopes or red dots on ours.
     
  19. bluez

    bluez Well-Known Member

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    How cool is that!!
    They are really winning me over!
     
  20. PaBushMan

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    I scoped mine. I took off the red dots and put regular scopes on. A trick i learned. Is to loc-tite the rail screws. I used blue. It's pretty solid. No need to get an upgraded rail.
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