Mansfield, Ohio–based Hi-Point Firearms finds itself the butt of many a joke in the gun world. However, considering the brand openly sets out to offer “the most gun for the dollar,” Hi-Point does deliver, and many who bad mouth them have never shot one or worked with their excellent customer service team.
We’ve had our hands on a few Hi-Point firearms over the years — enough to know our way around the brand, and overall, we’ve been impressed with their performance and reliability. Say what you want about the aesthetics, their guns (which include low-cost polymer frame pistols and carbines in 380 ACP, 9mm, 40 Smith & Wesson, and 45 ACP) generally go “bang” when you want them to, include a lifetime warranty…all at very affordable prices.
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, a Beretta, Glock, Kel-Tec, Kimber, Sig Sauer, Winchester, Remington or Ruger, directly translates into your ability to buy ammo and range time to practice.
So, here are the three best Hi-Points we’ve seen (The Good), the two worst (The Bad), and one that’s just plain ugly.
Hi-Point 4595TS Pro Carbine
Hi-Point’s .45 carbine may be the company’s best offering at $275. The iron sights stink, so a red dot would be a help, but it’s reliable and tough, and it’s become a favorite option for home-defense purposes since its release. Here’s our full review.
Hi-Point JCP40 Pistol
This gun exists so that pretty much anyone can afford to own a handgun. At a sticker price of only $157.10, it ain’t pretty, it’s not particularly accurate, and it’s not fun to shoot — but this Hi-Point JCP IS a reliable, very functional blowback-operated handgun. Here’s our full review.
It’s awkward. It’s heavy. Some people think it’s homely. But this Hi-Point carbine is also perfectly reliable and accurate enough to maximize the ballistic capability of the 10mm round. In short, in what matters most. The Hi-Point 1095TS Edge 10mm Carbine gets the job done and does it for roughly $380. Here’s our full review.
As much as we’d like to say Hi-Point 9mm Luger pistols are reliable — and they generally are — this one just didn’t stand up to that basic standard when we put it to the test. Our reviewer couldn’t make it go “bang” every time he pulled the trigger, which lands it among the worst CCW 9mm pistols we’ve reviewed.
Yes, we named this semiautomatic carbine (available in regular camo as well as pink camo) as one of our favorites in the price range. Yes, it’s pretty much the same thing as Hi-Point’s .45 ACP carbine mentioned above. That said, Nick’s supreme displeasure with the shooting experience — despite the reliability and accuracy — merits acknowledgement as well. And, particularly in the pink Muddy Girl finish, this is a carbine even a lot of mothers couldn’t love.
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