Hi-Points are to firearms design what Olive Garden is to Italian food. They’ll get the job done and . . . that’s about it. No surprise, the, that Hi-Point’s guns don’t appear on anyone’s “top” firearms list. Our own reviews haven’t been that kind to either the Hi-Point C9 pistol or Hi-Point 995TS carbine. But there are at least three good reasons to buy one.
3. You can treat it mean and not worry about post-DGU confiscation
No one will ever mistake a Hi-Point for a safe queen. You’ll never bring your ballistic BFF out to the garage, open the safe and brag on your new Desert Digital .45. That’s a good thing not a bad thing!
Thanks to Hi-Points’ homely looks and cost of acquisition you’re not gonna baby their guns. You’ll shoot them, carry them, drop them, scratch them, run over them with the ATV and never shed a tear.
If, heaven forfend, you ever have to use a Hi-Point to defend yourself or your family, you won’t hesitate if a cop says “drop you weapon!” And you won’t be heartbroken when the police confiscate it as evidence. (Some might even say you’d be relieved but I couldn’t possibly comment.)
You’ll just go down to your local gun store and buy another one. Getting the first one back just isn’t worth the time and effort. Ladies and gentlemen, the BIC lighter of guns.
2. They’re Cheap
There are all kinds of euphemisms for the low cost of a Hi-Point: it’s affordable, won’t drain your wallet, has a low barrier to entry, it’s a great value. Let’s cut the crap: Hi-Points are cheap.
A lot of people think that a high-dollar firearm will improve their speed and accuracy. The world doesn’t work that way. For most people, mastering marksmanship takes time, patience and a pile of ammunition that makes Scrooge McDuck’s vault look like a piggy bank.
A Hi-Point pistol or carbine may not have the best trigger or the largest magazine capacity (hint: they don’t), but the money saved versus, say, a Wilson Combat directly translates into your ability to buy ammo and range time to practice.
I get the feeling that someone who buys a C-9 as their first gun will spend much more time on the range than someone who lays down the cash for an X-Tac Elite.
And you can “work” on your gun without worrying about ruining an expensive piece. Want to try your hand at DIY stippling? Have at it! Always wanted to Cerakote a gun? Gopher it! If you screw up, it won’t ruin your weekend.
1. Hi-Points Work
The best argument for a Hi-Point is that their guns just run — with the notable exception of one we tested in 2011. Which may have been a fluke. Their carbine ran flawlessly. Their 9mm versions have well-earned reputations for reliability.
If you’re light in the pocket, need a gun for personal defense and don’t care about anything else, you can do a lot worse (and many people have) than picking up a Hi-Point. How great is that?