Question about a low priced hand gun

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by mudslinger79, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. mudslinger79

    mudslinger79 New Member

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    Ok guys and gals. I've been looking at the Hi-Point firearms. Let the flamings begin.... does anyone have any experience with the hand guns? I've been all over the internet looking at reviews and from what I can gather you either love'em or hate'em. I don't think there all that bad looking. Damn thing can be Orange and yellow for all I care just so it shoots and shoots straight. Thinking bout the .40 or .45. Any info will be appreciated.
     
  2. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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  3. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    We have quite a few folks here that started with the Hi Point as their first pistol.

    Awhile back, after the Obamination took office, I was trying to find one locally to do take into the shop and do a complete strip down and report on it for the folks here. I could never find one in stock because they were moving out the door as fast as they were coming in... LOL

    Here's the deal. The construction is not even close to good. It's pot metal and the tolerances are VERY loose.

    Then again, the same can be said about the early addition AK's that good old Mikhail was turning out. Stamped out of cheap steel with loose tolerances. They seemed to have survived just fine. :p

    The important thing is if it's going to go bang for you. There was a member here for a long time Sgt-Miller, and he did quite a few threads about his Hi-Point and what he was able to shoot with it. It almost always seemed to perform for him and he shot really well with it. Now, have said that, he was also a good shot naturally, so he shot well with a lot of pistols.

    Personally, I would save a bit more money get something a little higher up the food chain, used if need be, but if this is what you can afford, and you need it now - get it.

    Just make sure you spend a lot of time getting to know the weapon and putting a lot of rounds through it so you know what to expect.

    At the end of the day, a $200 pistol or a $2000 pistol isn't worth what you paid for it if you can't get a shot off when you need too.

    JD
     
  4. willfully armed

    willfully armed New Member

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    Id rather someone buy a Used Bersa or Star, than buy any Hi-Point. Even a RG revolver could be found for less than a hundred bucks, and is a WAY better gun.


    Check out the confiscated weapons section of www.summitgunbroker.com There are plenty of $200 options that are leaps and bounds over low-life er,.....uh Hi-point.
     
  5. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

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    Ok, I've been through this several times now.

    I have the .45 and roughly 2k rounds through it. The biggest problem with them are the magazines. Thin steel, weak spring and wide tolerances.

    Now, the question is: Do I like it? Yes, it shoots the .45 ACP ball and HP's (ball more reliable), but a fun plinker.

    The next question is: Would I trust my life to my Hi-Point? If I had to, but I got it knowing it would not be my first line of hot projectile defense of home.

    It is too heavy and bulky for a carry piece unless you are out on the farm and owb.

    I have not had to use them, but their customer service department gets great reviews.

    Made in Ohio.
     
  6. Fisherking

    Fisherking New Member

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    How acurate are they lets say in a Ransom rest?
    F.K.
     
  7. mudslinger79

    mudslinger79 New Member

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    I'm looking at the .45 model. It won't be for carry as thsts what my Ruger P95 is for. Just looking for an entry level full size .45 as I am a big guy and have big hands, the sub compacts just aren't comfy to shoot.
     
  8. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    Personally, I'd hold out for something a little nicer. But if you like the looks and feel of that darn thing, it's hard to go wrong for what, $170?

    Go for it.

    If you decide to sell it (privately), you'll probably get within $20-40 of the original price anyway. That's one of the nice things about guns...if you're a careful buyer it's usually easy enough to get most of your money back out if something doesn't quite suit you. Makes for a low risk endeavor.
     
  9. efaz1

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    Sell Hi-points and Jimenez arms at the gun shows like no tomorrow. They are both acceptable guns, between the two, i'd choose Hi-point, it does have a good warranty, have sent one back to factory no questions, also they are handy in self defense situations cause if you get a FTF, it is heavy as a brick and made out of cast metal. Personally wouldn't carry one, but for plinking, cheap, handles alot of the recoil for you, and can be fed cheapo WOLF steel case. Minuses they are heavy, ugly, heavy, do have some "thinner" components, heavy, very big and did I say heavy.
     
  10. NGIB

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    Sorry but there is no way the words acceptable and Jimenez (or Bryco, or Lorcin) belong in the same sentence. No gun that has a penchant for self-destruction and routine failures can even be remotely considered acceptable. If you are selling these things to people that need a gun for defense - I hope you are including a free baseball bat as they deserve something reliable...
     
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  11. spittinfire

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    If it were me, I would save a little longer and get something else. Yesterday a friend of mine just bought a Ruger LCP for $300 out the door. While it's not a 40 or a 45 I would trust it long before a high point. Are you sold on a semi auto or would a revolver work for you? You can pick up used 357s in the $300 range without doing too much hunting. There are other, IMO better, options out there for slightly more money.
     
  12. stalkingbear

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    Buying a bottom of the barrel firearm for self defense is like putting a price tag on your life and your loved ones' lives-because that's exactly what you're doing. Once the defense situation happens and your defensive firearm is woefully lacking, malfunctions, or comes apart it's too late to go back and get a good defensive system.
     
  13. mudslinger79

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    This won't be for defense. I carry my Ruger P95 for that. It's mainly a target/plinker gun. Unfortunately after my recent experience with a low priced hand gun it has me thinking twice.
     
  14. canebrake

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    Here's a hypothetical question about the great Highpoint warranty.

    If someone buys a highpoint from you for personal defense and is shot and killed due to a malfunction during the act of self defense, does the warranty transfer to the dead owners family so the gun can be repaired?

    That would be an excellent selling point (no pun intended) at your gun shows.
     
  15. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Bear, that's sig worthy right there!
     
  16. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    Cane is wise and thoughtful...
     
  17. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    You might consider taking a look at a Sigma .40
    Very good Pistol for a great price.
     
  18. efaz1

    efaz1 New Member

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    LOL
    Perhaps I gave the wrong impression, i encourage all persons looking for a S.D. gun to look in the $400 level and above (NIB price). But the scary thing is how many people don't believe me and buy a Jimenez, or a Taurus derringer two shot to put in their pocket.:eek:
    As for Hi-point absolutely, after the family picks up the possessions from the coroner they can have it shipped in for service.:D
     
  19. efaz1

    efaz1 New Member

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    Reread my section about the heavy as a brick and made of steel for Hi-point (re: baseball bat), and believe it or not I have three J.A.'s and have shot maybe 500-600 through each with only 1-2 issues, that is actually better than my sig's I have had 3 with an issue each and 1 has had so many I sent it back, But BEFORE ANYONE HOPS ME I AM NOT SAYING THEY ARE BETTER THAN SIG's, just that they get better with each name change in 15 years they might be good.
     
  20. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    When I buy a firearm it's usefulness for a club is not on my list of expectations.