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    Hi-point

    Has anyone had any experience with the HI-POINT bran semis? They are a cheap low end gun. I purchased a S&W .40 cal. brand new from a gun show for $150. Just want to here others experience with the brand, and what they think of it. I have not had a single problem with mine thus far, i have shot approx. 400 rounds through it since i purchased it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joshshirey23 View Post
    Has anyone had any experience with the HI-POINT bran semis? They are a cheap low end gun. I purchased a S&W .40 cal. brand new from a gun show for $150. Just want to here others experience with the brand, and what they think of it. I have not had a single problem with mine thus far, i have shot approx. 400 rounds through it since i purchased it.

    Josh
    Josh don't know anyone who has one. I would be afraid to shoot one because of the price and they are ugly. Would love to hear a range report from you and if you have any problems with them. They have a 9mm carbine and some company came out with a stock that makes it look like a Beretta CX4. I was shooting my CX4 the other day and asked a guy how he liked his. When i found out it was a hi point I kept calling him a cheater in fun. He said he has put 3k through it without a problem and all I've heard was that they were big problems and ugly. You never know. There are Rossi fans out there that will swear by them and after getting srcewed with a S&W 460 brand is getting less important to me.

    Let us know what you think of it now and down the road.

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    You hit the nail on the head when you called it ugly that is for sure!! Like i said though, i have never had the slightest problem out of it. Of course every time one of my firearms and I go and have fun they are properly taken down and cleaned that same evening. Nothing worse than a gun that that won't preform when you need it the most, God forbid that ever happens, because of lack of proper care. I am a new collector, I had to start somewhere and I figured with my budget at that point in time, the HI-POINT was a good starting point.

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    Never owned one but have tried to shoot a couple. Anyone I see on the range that has one I quietly pray that they will never need it. I've seen them from way back when Hastings made them and I've yet to see one that didn't make a better paperweight. I've always listened to the words of a wise old man I used to call Dad...."What's your life worth?" I wont say you can't find an inexpensive pistol that will work well. I just have not seen one with Hi Point stamped on it

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    I am one of the owners of a Hi Point 9mm carbine. I have put at least 1000 rounds through it and except for the first 100 rounds(break in) I have not had any problems. As far as the "ugly" part goes $69 later and it wears a New ATI stock which makes it more solid feeling and looks great.
    As for the Pistols one of the popular gun magazines did a article on the 9mm compact pistol. They said that it reliably ate every kind of ammo they shot through it,and that it was that it was very accurate. The older Hi Point pistols were prone to problems but since they have gone to the poly fames and redesigned them most of the talk in the Magazines and internet seem positive. One of the best things about every Hi Point is that they are rated to handle +p+ ammo. Something that even most $800 pistols wont do.
    About the only criticisms are they are ugly and somewhat heavy. You will allways have people bagging on them because they are economy firearms. Just like any thing else there are plenty of snobs and elitists in the gun culture as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glocksrfugly View Post
    About the only criticisms are they are ugly and somewhat heavy.
    I'll add that the trigger usually sucks, the slide is huge, the gun is very top-heavy, and the bore axis is just somewhere below lunar orbit.

    You will allways have people bagging on them because they are economy firearms. Just like any thing else there are plenty of snobs and elitists in the gun culture as well.
    If a Hi-Point is all someone can afford, it's 10,000 times better than no gun at all. But I don't think it's snobbery or elitism to suggest that considerably better designs are available, even if they are more expensive. Hi-Points are simply not as good for shooting or fighting as some other designs, which is why you don't see them in the holsters of even police/military agencies that use low-bidder contracts, never mind in the hands of serious shooters at defense classes or practical matches.

    Hi-Point sells only because it is inexpensive, and that's okay. If it's all someone can get or afford, yeah, buy it and be protected...but let's not pretend a $150 Hi-Point is just as good as a $500 Glock or an $800 HK.
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    Not to sound "elitists" but I've seen them fail to fire for a number of reasons and that is y only reason to not want to have one. Price has nothing to do with it and if it was only it's looks I'd never own a Glock or any of the plethora of Glock-Like firearms that also are not all that much to look at.

    The simple fact of the matter is I don't trust them so for me it would be useless to own one. It would never make it out of the safe. I own a really cheap pretty damn ugly 40VE Smith. Simple fact of the matter is that it works and I do trust it. I don't see them at the range in the hands of a cussing would be shooter because it jammed, stove piped or something of the like. I have thousands of rounds through mine and it has yet to not do what it was built to do.

    Sure I own a few that cost a little more and I do expect these all to work too. Or I would not be able to trust it and it would have no use in my posession.

    Again...what is your life worth..It's worth trusting it to a reliable tool. No mater the cost.

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    Just sold my C-9 for $100.00 and I think I made out like a bandit. Bought it for $200.00 and was glad to see it go. Was teaching my wife how to shoot. It always jammed. Is heavy and very combersome for a woman. The safety/slide lock is a bad design in my opinion. Safety has to be off to operate the slide. I have the .40 aswell. Bought both for $400.00. I am back to the Ruger and Colt. They are very cheap guns and would make a great boat gun or farm truck gun. Beyond that, I would steer away from it. The Beretta Neos is very close to same price for a target/plinking gun.

    And before I am told "its the cleaning" I am very thorough with cleaning my guns. I always clean after a shoot. Just was not very impressed.

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    Safety has to be off on a 1911 to rack the slide, also. HP slides are big and heavy because they are blow back operated.

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