Purchased a super, super cheap recession buster pistol (JCP .40)

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by SGT-MILLER, May 8, 2009.

  1. SGT-MILLER

    SGT-MILLER New Member

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    Well, I went ahead a purchased a JCP .40 from a pawn shop today (Hi-Point firearm).

    Normally, I don't tend to think about purchasing a Hi-Point weapon these days, but the price tag was really cheap. It was tagged at 80 dollars, but I talked the guy down to 50 bucks. I guess he really didn't care much, and I'm sure he still made a few bucks off of the deal.

    I inspected the weapon very closely (as I do with all firearms purchases), and it seems to be in good order. I am going to give it a good cleaning, and I'm going to run some tests with it the next time I'm at the range.

    This weapon is going to serve me as a field pistol. In other words, whenever I'm fishing of hiking, or whatever out in the wilds of Montana, I'm going to have this pistol strapped to my hip (If it runs for me that is). This is going to be my "utility" go-to weapon.

    I'll be posting up the results if my range tests with this one soon, hopefully. Since this pistol is the center of huge debates all over, I'm going to try and review / test as many different facets of this gun as possible, and I'm going to put up all results good or bad.

    Like I said, normally I wouldn't have given any thought to purchasing another Hi-Point, but getting a .40 S&W (10 round capacity) for 50 bucks is unheard of, and if the gun rund good for me, I'll chalk it up as a good deal.

    Pictures, and initial reviews / thoughts to follow soon.

    P.S. Worst case, if it doesn't work correctly for me, I'll just send it back to Hi-Point and let their excellent warranty do it's thing.
     
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  2. HankStone

    HankStone New Member

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    I hope it doesn't jam when you need it,and I mean that straightforward not snide.
     

  3. SGT-MILLER

    SGT-MILLER New Member

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    Yeah. I'll be really running this thing through the ringer before I trust it. Also, this will be a secondary weapon for me in the outdoors. My primary weapon is my Mosin Nagant M91/30 (that thing is near bullet-proof).

    One thing I've noticed about my JCP is that the prior owner already polished the feed ramp (lees work for me...lol). That's a good thing, and that is one positive towards enhancing the reliability of this pistol.
     
  4. SGT-MILLER

    SGT-MILLER New Member

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    Here's some pictures of the ugly thing...lol.

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    I cleaned the whole thing inside and out, and it looks near new. I also performed tons of cycle test using the snap-caps. I cycled as fast as I manually could (to try and simulate a rapid fire string), and there was zero problems (I was honestly a little impressed). I then cycled the weapon from every different angle I could think of (upside down, tilted every which way, pointing up, down, left, right, etc, etc, etc...). Again, zero misfeeds.

    So far the initial function check went well. If the actual firing phase goes just as well, I'll be convinced that I managed to get one of the good ones. :)

    I do have to admit that it's not bad for 50 bucks.

    P.S. I almost laugh every time I see the "battery pack" magazine...lol.
     
  5. divinginn

    divinginn New Member

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    Not much to lose for 50 dollars,if you do not like it,I am sure you could turn it over for a profit. I came real close to buying one a few months ago but found a Ruger p-90 for a good deal,so I went with that.
     
  6. WDB

    WDB New Member

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    For $50 it's hard to go wrong and if it cycles well it will be a good field pistol. If not you should be able to double your money. Not a bad pick up (even though it ugly as a mud fence):D
     
  7. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    You did good SGT-MILLER. I'd pay 50 for any 40 S&W. I haven't figured out the "red" bullets though...
     
  8. SGT-MILLER

    SGT-MILLER New Member

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    Those are the inert snap-caps. You've never seen them before???

    :confused:

    P.S. I'm thinking of naming it "Bubba". Every time I look at that thing, I chuckle, then comment to myself how ugly it is...lol.
     
  9. Glenn R

    Glenn R New Member

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    $50.00 is a great find.
     
  10. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Do your gun('s firing pin) a favor and get a 5 pack of these;

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    As you can see I use mine frequently. Actually I have made a game of chambering one and while watching evening TV I practice my trigger break and sight picture by shooting actors on screen. The worse the show the more practice I get in. It's great therapy!

    It's great to load them randomly when at the range to check for flinch! You'd be surprised what you will find.


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    MidwayUSA - A-ZOOM Action Proving Dummy, Snap Cap 40 S&W Aluminum Package of 5
    A-Zoom Snap Caps 5/PK - .40S&W - Top Gun Supply
    A-Zoom 15114 A-Zoom Snap Caps 40 S&W 5Pk
     
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  11. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    That's great "therapy" ,lol!!! :D
     
  12. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    I haven't seen any like those SGT-M... I have clear ones, and aluminum ones, but no red ones. Bubba is a good name!
     
  13. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    My .380 hasn't jammed once in about 5k rds and has had no work done to it what so ever.
     
  14. WDB

    WDB New Member

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    I never thought of using them at the range, that is a good tip. Thanks!
     
  15. SGT-MILLER

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    Check out my little customization thread in the semi-auto pistol forum. I gave the cheap Hi-Point a totally new look for almost nothing.

    I gave the internals other big cleaning (I managed to get some more gunk outta there), and the weapon actually cycles a little smoother.

    I am really tempted on getting a dremel tool with a nice little polishing wheel, and going over the feed ramp once more, and over all the surfaces of the slide that meet with the frame (contact points underneath the slide). I'm thinking that I can make this piece a decent functioning firearm (it already functions decent, but I want it to be a little smoother if that's possible).

    The catch is I'm trying to do it without hardly spending any money at all.

    Main goal is how reliable of a pistol can I possibly end up with while not spending hardly any money on upgrades or 'smithing. It's my hopes to post more results to the other members on this forum for future reference.

    These days, it's hard to afford anything, and it would be nice to be able to at least get something that can perform the basic tasks of defense of life / property.
     
  16. WDB

    WDB New Member

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    Sgt, it will be interesting to see what you can do, a little polishing in the right places might make a huge difference.
     
  17. mosin man

    mosin man New Member

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    after you shoot it a few times you just might like it.:cool:

    i own a 40 - 380 and 995 carbine from high point. like em all. had some trouble with winchester shells jamming so i sent it in. repaired and returned in 2 weeks. pistols shoot fine.

    between me my cuzins and grandpa lets see.

    i own the 3

    gramps has 45, 40 in green, 380
    cuz 40 his dad has 9mm
    cuz 9mm
    cuz 45, 9mm, 380, 9mm carbine
    buddie 9mm pistol and carbine

    none of them have had trouble yet. seems most who hate them dont even own them lol. all guns have issues with loose mags, jamming ect.... seems highpoints only querk is looks. i have big hands and at 250 the weight doesnt bother me.

    by the way. great deal you got. enjoy the heck out of it.

    if you have trouble send gun to iberia firearms 3929 st. rt 309 Galion OH 44833 9408.

    you cant beat a lifetime warrenty. shoot the heck out of it and be worry free.:D

    heres my pistols. 40 with bsa lazer
     

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  18. WILDCATT

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    hi-point

    I bought the 9 compact?.since I got it at wholesale I paid $79 that was the price then,and retailed at $139.never had a problem except it wont shoot lead.does not bother me as I have couple thousand 9 mm any way.be carefull
    with that dremel.reminds me of the H&R and IVER JOHNSON guns they were made for protection and did that very well.I wish they still made break actions.quick to load and unload. :rolleyes:
     
  19. SGT-MILLER

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    A quick little update on my JCP 40.

    Still no problems whatsoever. I am pretty much convinced that I lucked out and got a good running firearm. I have upgraded it from "plinker" to an additional "home defender".

    It only malfunctioned once (FTF) and that is only because I made a good effort to try and get it to jam up. I think it speaks good for the pistol if it takes the owner some actual effort to make it jam.

    It's not on the level of my Ruger or my Springfield, but I'm happy with it.