If a Hi-Point was my only choice?????

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by joesal352, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. joesal352

    joesal352 New Member

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    Hey I am looking at picking up somthing small and cheap, but I hear alot of mixed things about the Hi-Points. Can someone who owns one please give me the dirty on them. Should I get one or not?
     
  2. divinginn

    divinginn Member

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    Small they are not,cheap they are.
     

  3. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

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    Can't agree more, the 9mm is easily the size of my .45 (exageration), but the damn thing is huge. On the other hand, the Walther P22 is small and Cheap!
     
  4. SGT-MILLER

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    When compared to other sidearms of comparable price, the Hi-Point is a decent deal.

    I do not like the fact that the firing pin acts as an extractor and will put a small dent on the primer when ejecting a live round if you need to clear the weapon.

    Otherwise, the Hi-Points are decent shooters. I would get the .45 if you have a choice. The 9mm is cheaper overall (cheaper ammo), but the .45 has better knockdown power, and the mag capacity isn't too shabby (9 rounds).

    The ergonomics are kinda crappy. It does feel like shooting a brick, but it is a reliable brick.
     
  5. divinginn

    divinginn Member

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    They are better than nothing,if that was all I could afford I would buy one,it should work fine for a bedroom or glovebox gun but forget about concealed carry unless you wear a treanch coat regular. There carbines have caught my interest though.
     
  6. Mr. Dramatic

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    I hate them....They are bricks and rather inaccurrate. Buy a Kel-Tec P-11. Very nice gun! I got mine for $289 and a friend of mine got it for $269. You can get a 12 rd clip that fits flush with the bottom but they come with a 10rd clips. They are chambered in 9mm. And they are made in the USA![ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4njM2ajR1g&feature=channel_page]YouTube - Kel-Tec P-11[/ame] Here is me shooting mine.
     
  7. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    I've seen the hi-points continually jam at the range, but better than a hammer I guess. Feels like holding a 14v power drill.
     
  8. Bighead

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    +1

    I might also look for a used Smith & Wesson Model 10.
     
  9. WDB

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    The best question is what can you afford, I expect if you tell this forum your price range they will give you the best bang for the buck. If your looking to justify a hipoint I can't help you with that as I simply wouldn't own one.
     
  10. 741512th

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    Yikes! My experience is far more limited than other contributers. Are there other pistols that do that? Maybe I'm overreacting, but that sounds like kind of a dangerous system.
     
  11. SGT-MILLER

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    Personally I think the Hi-Point system is dangerous and unneeded. I have yet to hear any cases of the round getting set off when being ejected. I will admit that I am a little picky about firearms. Heck, my RIA had a crack in the frame, and it's now gone. The Glock 21 I got to serve in the RIA's place got a crack on the feed ramp right below the barrel, so I got rid of that pistol. Because of that, I will never buy or even hold an RIA or a Glock ever again. That's just me so take my opinions with a grain of salt.

    If that one design flaw with the firing pin would be fixed, I would by a Hi-Point again, and I would be happy about it.

    That's the only serious issue I have with those pistols. The magazines are cheap, and could be reworked a little, but that's small in comparison.

    Bottom line is you can't expect too much from a locally made 150 dollar (average price) pistol.
     
  12. skullcrusher

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    Very 1st time I heard anything about that, maybe on the older models.

    Hi-Point=an affordable gun that is very reliable (esp the last few years). Some guys hate the fact that they saved and saved for a $1500.00 1911 for their plinker. :eek:

    The .45 and the .40 got good reviews in a test by a well known gun rag. Not a carry gun, but an every day shooter. Stay away from the steel cased ammo...brass is best for the monster.

    The carbines are great as well, but they have a heavy trigger and no adjustment. Not a big deal once you start firing.

    BTW, Made in USA (Ohio) and carry a lifetime no questions asked guarantee. Excellent rated customer service and from what I hear, you speak to an American if you call. Go Figure! ;)
     
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  13. SGT-MILLER

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    It's not just on the older models. All Hi-Points are designed to have the firing pin act as the extractor during the cycling operation.

    I will say that I'd rather have a Hi-Point then something like a Cobra, or Davis, or any of the "ring of fire" pistols out there.
     
  14. dragunovsks

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    I've got one of those .40 cal. Hi-points and it is a good shooter, I even carried it while I saved up for my 1911. I've never had any trouble out of mine.
     
  15. stalkingbear

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    I would NEVER own 1 personally. They are made very heavy because they are blow-back operated instead of being recoil operated as they should be considering the pressures the 9mm/.40S&W/.45acp generate. I've had a bunch of them brought to me for various problems and as a result don't think much of them.

    The thing is, if you rely on something cheap to protect your, & loved 1s lives, and it malfunctions at that crucial time, it's too late to upgrade! My recommendation is to save and get EXACTLY what you need in an quality firearm that you CAN depend on 110% of the time. Even if you DO upgrade later, you'll still be stuck with an inferior weapon in the meanwhile and then have a gun that has VERY little resale value. YES I DO feel qualified to say they're inferior due to the number of Hi-Points I've have been brought to me for problems-some not fixable without MAJOR overhaul.
     
  16. group17

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    It's not a small gun but one that is inexpensive and reliable.
    I like mine and have no complaints. It fires every time I pull the trigger and hits what I'm shooting at. For 100+ what more can you ask.
    Try
    Hipoint Firearms Forums - Index
    for real owners opinions.
     
  17. Kaptin

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    I cant believe someone would not send it back to the factory for warranty repair. Did they not know it has a life time warranty?
     
  18. group17

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    Why would you pay for a gunsmith to fix a high point?

    Not only does it have a lifetime warranty for ANY owner but the repair is free.
    All you have to do is pay for getting it to high point.
    I also understand they sometimes send back a free mag for your trouble and expense.

    For "problems-some not fixable without MAJOR overhaul" they have been known to replace the gun.

    No offense to hard working gunsmiths.
     
  19. warrioroftheland

    warrioroftheland New Member

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    i shot a 3month old hi point yesterday that belongs to a friend of mine. it jammed atleast twice with each mag. i wouldnt suggest buying one of these.
     
  20. dillydinker

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    i have a c9 high point and about 800 rounds of ammo.. for about .20 cents each,,, it has never jambed or ftf... and it just as accurate as any other gun at 20 feet,,,, guaranteed... well worth the money if u need personal protection... u can buy a kimber for 900.00 dollars, but if your not a professional , what difference does it make,,, you may have to polish the feed ramp on the c9 or make some other minor adjustments but kimber wants u to shoot 500 rounds before its broke in????? not practical in my book,,, c9 shot great out of the box... maybe won't last 30,000 rounds,,, i don't care,, it will still stop the ahole