Hate 'em, never owned one
Hate 'em, currently own or used to own one
They're OK, never owned one
They're OK, currently own or used to own onee
Love 'em, currently own or used to own one (or more
According to Hi-Point's reputation, they mostly cater to "thugs" looking for a cheap "throw away".
Seriously, if that's all you can afford then buy it.
If all of the thugs in the world carried Hi-Points, we would have less murders and more thugs in jail. It's easy to get a fingerprint when the gun is laying in pieces in the middle of the street.
Okay...I'll stop now...
I have one, athough not on purpose, it was handed down from a family member. This is the only one of my guns that gets neglected, ive cleaned it once in probably 1000 rounds, and to my supprise it just keeps going bang. There clunky, heavy and ugly but mine works, (not sure of the model .380) and for some reason my wife fell in love with this gun and that led to her passion for firearms which in turn led to my ability to own more guns.
I had a Hastings..The pre- Highpoint Hi-point(I Think..It looked exactly the same). The things just are not built all that well. Made in Lima Ohio he Hastings was. Parts from Hi-Point would fit them and I could not imagine two people making that gun.
As to thug guns..All the less expensive guns get a rep like that because they can be had...cheap!. Jennings is about the same as to rep. I have met LEO that have told me with both they are forced to take Hi-Points and Jennings to the ballistics labs to make sure they fire and cycle being lawyers have been using the This gun really don't work defense and got many a gang member off because the weapon was mor of a paperweight. Man..A Glock aint pretty but it will work and that's what keeps people buying them. That Hastings I had was lucky to get two mags through it with out having to drop it and clear a jam. They are like holding a cast iron pan with the exception that the pan will be of more use to me. I like my breakfast.
I ended up destroying the Hastings. I would not have sold to to anyone else. They might have needed a gun and grabbed by mistake.
I have hard the carbine is their best gun. I do agree that people either love them or hate them.
I won't be a gun snob and diss something that I have never shot before. Well, this weekend I got to shoot a 9 mm High Point. I had held one before and it is a blocky gun and isn't very pretty. You don't get pretty for the High Point price. I only shot a few mags through it but it did function correctly and shot pretty close to point of aim.
Would I buy one? No, because I can afford something more expensive, but if it really is all you can afford a High Point is better than pointing your finger and saying 'bang, bang'. If you can afford a more expensive gun buy a more expensive gun. Using a low end gun for plinking is certainly different than trusting your life to it for a defense weapon.
I plan to buy a couple of the .40 cals and bury them in my backyard just in case something happends to my other guns.
I have one and love it. It is the best door stop I have ever owned...
Seriously, the gun has a poor grip and an very high bore axis. It is a low grade inexpensive pistol.
Guns are like tools, more expensive is usually better. If you donít do a lot of work on your car, made in china cheap tools are ok, if you do a lot of work buy Craftsman or Snap On.
In this respect, people that do not have a lot of money but still want to be able to protect themselves and their family should be able to do so.
"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it." -Mark Twain
I really thought this thread would die, but it hasn't. So, I borrowed a Hi-Point and tried to shoot this thread... but the pistol fell apart. Alas, this thread will not die!
Of course you mean that I brought it up after the poll was voted on again, with no comment, so there's no date listed when they voted... that's what you meant... of course. [/comic relief]
I am a former owner of a 9mm Hi-Point.
The one that I had was a horrible gun.
Here is the story. I was buying another pistol off a guy and through haggling he threw in the Hi-Point to seal the deal. Two guns for the price of one! Sounded good to me.
I instantly had problems with it. It would stove pipe on what seemed like every magazine.
I told the guy that "sold" it to me what problems I was having. He said he knew. It was a piece of junk. Why did I think he gave it to me for nothing.
I tried the warranty route which was a test in frustration. When I finally got it "fixed" I had a new problem. After every round or at least every other round the magazine released. Not ideal for a self-defense gun. I am not a one shot to end the fight shooter yet.
At the beginning of the year I was talking to a fellow gun owner about what guns we had and what guns we wanted. I mentioned that I had the Hi-Point but did not count it as one of my guns. He said he thought he could fix it and would not mind taking it off my hands. I warned him that it was useless and not dependable for protection in my opinion. I think I told him that in my opinion it was more effective to take the bullets out of the magazine and throw them.
He tried to fix it. He never could get it to work right. He sold it to a friend of his at work. His friend hated it too.
I called my friend to see if his co-work liked the Hi-Point when I saw this post. He said his co-worker was or already had taken it to a get guns off the streets rally and traded it in for a gift certificate for a turkey.
That is 4 people that I know of that have had personal issues with Hi-Points.
Enough of the anecdote, here are the points that I realized owning a Hi-Point.
1. It feels like cheep plastic.
2. It weighs as much as a full size gun.
3. It is like trying to conceal a swingline stapler.
4. It is a pain to break down to clean. (I would suggest you try to break it down before you buy it)
5. I rattles when you shake it.