I always knew that I'd ultimately spend more on ammo than I ever did on any guy I bought, but with a Hi-Point, you can reach that point in just a few boxes.
I generally don't buy pistols "just for fun". I use them to get better at defensive pistol shooting, so in the event I ever need to defend myself and my family, I can.
I always hear people saying that they use Hi-Points and that they work. Well, one time, years ago, I used a rock to pound a nail in, and it worked. It wasn't the best tool for the job, but it worked. The point being, if you're using your guns "just for fun", great, knock yourself out with the Hi-points (which is a distinct possibility by the way), but if you're using them for serious work, please, for the love of God, buy something with a little better quality control, finishing, and just plain overall quality. I've said it before, I'll say it again. I don't want to buy something with a lifetime warranty, I want to buy something that doesn't need warranty work. You get what you pay for, and you have to pay a little more for quality.
My friend had a 9mm Hi-Point and said the slide broke in half. I wouldn't buy one, but if it meant buying it to protect my family VS nothing to protect them...whatcha gonna do?
C-mon guys, why do you have to ask what other people think of what YOU buy? Who cares what anyone thinks of YOUR stuff. I have researched Hi-points for the past month, i.e. magazine reviews, youtube reviews, gun forum posts, and the overwhelming majority of OWNERS love them. I bought a c-9 today at a show for $155.00, saw some asking $189.00. I shot 50 rounds this afternoon and it operated perfectly.
The question that has to asked when I hear what a piece of crap Hi-points are, If you get shot 5 times with a $150.00 gun or 5 times with a $1500.00 gun are you less dead being shot with the $150.00 gun?
OK OK, I hear it now, I wouldn't bet my life on it. To that I ask , how many of you have honestly in your lives have been in situations where you NEEDED a gun to preaserve your life or someone elses?
For 99% of gun owners who want a gun to FEEL potected that will rarely ever shoot it or for those that will only shoot it at the range on occasion a Hi-point will fit the bill just fine.
Thats my opinion, let the debat begin..
Personally, I have seen the hi-points in my local gun shop, but never fired one. I know people who have and their opinions are as varied as the ones on here. I guess what it really boils down to is what you want the gun for and what can you honestly afford. I own a couple of Taurus, which are in the $400 to $600 range and considered a POS by some. I have found them to be as accurate as any other gun I have tried so far.
Utimately, you have to decide what your budget will allow as you have to consider accessories such as cleaning kits and ammo when you figure your budget. Also, don't forget range fees. If you have done your research and are satisfied with the results of that research, then as has been said before, buy what you can afford and who cares what others think. In a way, we are all our own reviewers. I would guess that there is not one gun manufacturer that hasn't had some complaints and bad things written about them.
Debate eh? I can only ask one question...How much is your life worth? How bout the family? When you are looking for a weapon to fill this need cost should not even be an issue. No, a weapon does not need to cost a grand or more. Most of those high dollar pistols are target pieces anyway and do not work well for most anything else. Combat type weapons do. and many have the test of time to fall back on to show they are worthy.
What needs be considered is not as much fit and finish but fit to your hand and it's ability to function well....Always
Unlike Rockman's opinion the reason that many people buy a weapon, train as much as they can , get a carry permit, and carry that weapon with them is because they do believe that they might just have to use it. And in reply to your question
more than you might think at first glance. I know many that have been in a bad situation and did not have the ability to protect themselves. I myself have been in situations where my weapon was a factor in how a situation played out. If you are going to be a CCW holder then the idea that you are just going to poke holes in paper and never really need your weapon in a defensive manner changes the status of that weapon to a plaything. I am comforted by the opinion that this is not an idea the majority of gun owners. And most do believe their weapon actually is a weapon though and it might just have to be used to save themselves or loved ones from a really bad alternative.how many of you have honestly in your lives have been in situations where you NEEDED a gun to preaserve your life or someone elses?
I am not one that will say a person should get this or they need to get that. I will advise they get what fits them. Make sure your weapon is comfortable in your hand and buy a caliber that does not make you uncomfortable. This is because when you don't have must time to think you shouldn't waste any of it wondering if your weapon is up to the task at hand. If it's too heavy, too big, too small, too complicated, too loud, too late. you're on the news. You get a weapon that fits you then you train to use it. A LOT. I'll bet many of the members of this forum do a good bit more trigger time than anyone would need to just have a little fun on weekends hunting paper targets. They work on stance, grip, drawing, trigger technique, and anything else they deem important to use their weapon well.
It take a little more than a gun in a drawer to "FEEL protected" The idea that the weapon will work and they can make it work is also pretty dang important. That's why we buy a weapon that we know will work properly. We take the time to get to know the weapon. And we spend the time to make sure we can use the weapon. Cost is not the issue. Quality is. That's why most here will say don't look to gun rags for a good review. Money has a way of changing peoples opinions. And those rag writers are in the business of making money.
I'm sure that Hi-Point has weapons out there that work pretty well. The bad reviews from people that shot them and/or owned them far outweighs the good though. And even if it was only say....20% of all the Hi-Points made were junk. That's still way too much for m,e to want to strap one of those top heavy but ugly (Come on..They make a Glock look good) weapons on my hip. If you can't trust your life to it then it's much more a liability than an asset. I don't know about anyone else but to me when I need my weapon is the wrong time to find out it's not going to work.
Sure there are some people that think a pistol has to cost a lot but I personally think that many of these people do not carry those super high dollar models. Target guns are not good work horse weapons.
The other thing people say is "It's better than nothing". I'd disagree. If someone is having trouble gathering up $600 instead of $150, they are probably going to have trouble gathering up money for practice ammo. A gun that doesn't get shot (practiced with) is nothing more than a paperweight. A person might get a shot off, but it'll be more luck than anything else if they hit what they're pointing the gun at.
Canvass your local gun stores and pawn shops and purchase a used .357 magnum REVOLVER. This will give you immediate home protection at a reduced price.
Then start saving for a semi-auto of the "better quality" genre'.
You have to do more than buy a weapon and toss it on the nightstand drawer. I have run into a lot of people that have made thew run to the gun shop in the post 11/04 rush and too many of them are just wanting to get some weapon then put it up in case they need it. Not interested in training. Not interested in practicing with it. They think they will just turn into Clint E. when they say "Excuse me while I whip this out!" or worse they will just be able to wave it around a little and any threat will just go away. These are the people I fear that will get news time rather as a statistic or for doing something that could have been easily avoided if they had just taken a little time to learn a few things and expel a little effort to learn safety and proficiency.
I'm glad more people are getting interested in gun ownership. just wish more would learn more how to handle their weapon properly as well as take more time to pick their weapon than they did picking out the checks they used to pay for it.
And they say a Glock is fugly...!
Hi-point is an oxymoron for one of the lowliest pistol made!
Yeah, if your gonna spend good money on a bad gun why not buy a car with an oil leak, cracked muffler, bald tires and damaged axle...if it runs then it gets you there all the same anyway.
Spend your money on a good pistol. There are many out there.
Save your money and buy some pepper spray. At least you know it will work when you need it to. I would hate to see someone pull a gun on another armed man, and have that very gun jam or worse. If that happens your in some serous trouble.
Like you, I have been shooting for many years [40+ in my case], and I have also done my share of work on various guns, all semi's. From my list I own and have owned a wide variety of guns, nearly all of which I have worked on at on time or another. I left out an H&K, two S&W's and a CZ that I sold. As you said, I stand by my "review" of my three [not one] HP's, through which I have put 2000 - 2500 rounds down range.
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I wasn't attacking anything about you. I did take notice of the snob comment and think it was directed at bad comments in this forum about the pistol in the topic of this thread. I thought I'd just make iot clear that snobbery had nothing to do with the bad comments. It's just a poorly made weapon that was never designed to be a self defense tool. It seems to be made more for a use it untill it messes up then toss it away. A Bic lighter among guns.
You're right, I've not owned one. Trying out a few of them and seeing that they made a better weight to hold my targets down than they did for poking holes in them pretty much helped made that decision for me.
A pistol is as much an investment as it is a tool to get the job you buy it for done.I don't want to have to keep replacing it because after it gets through a few boxes of ammo. I'll spend a little more and have one my kids can give their kids and that's after do my best to put every round I can get my hands on. The only old HP I've actually seen was a Hastings (the HP before they were HP). That thing I couldn't get through a mag without some kind of hang up.
So no, I haven't spent the money. I didn't have to. I got the lesson before hand. You don't always have to buy the pile to know it's a turd. That has nothing to do with the cost. If anyone can find me a NIB pistol that is able to handle countless thousands of rounds and still be flawless for 150.00 I'll jump all over it. If I could find one used for that money I'd get it. Like Zur was saying 2000 rounds is nothing to a well made weapon. It's still new. Tell me how well the Three (not one) HP is doing when you get to 4-5 times that. If they are any good then they should be in their groove by then. and you will be the first I've ever heard of that could get anywhere near there. The several I've had the displeasure of trying to shoot and the few that got to try to work on were done before they got to 2500 rounds The new ones couldn't get through a mag without a FTF, FTE.
Wow, Didn't know it would spark so much debate. I was only going to keep in in the vehicle, just to have it there. I have my Glock 27 as my regular carry weapon and My SW357V for the home. I was only going to use as a glovebox gun and some range fun. Not as my only weapon for Self Defense. But it sure made for some good reading.
I / we own a Hi Point Carbine that I bought for my son to begin his shooting experience.
We have shot it a lot at the range and in the great outdoors and I have enjoyed the carbine so much.
We have never experienced a jam or brakeage or it falling apart.
It's strictly a plinking gun - like some of the .22's we shoot.
I'd never use it for anything other than plinking.
Inexpensive, and cheaply made (how could it be otherwise at it's sales price).
Just my .02 worth.
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I've had a C9 for a little over 1 1/2 months now. After countless FTF and FTE I'm already trying to find a buyer.