When I first heard of Hi-Point Firearms (yes, “High Point Guns” is the wrong spelling, but that’s a very common search in Google) I read about how heavy and inferior they were compared to most other guns on the market. Terms like “junk” and “not worth looking at” were common.
I looked at some Hi-point handguns in the stores and did find them to be heavier than most, but didn’t notice them to be all that inferior in appearance and function, at least in the store, without firing them.
Maybe they aren’t right
I have recently, however, read a lot of stuff about Hi-Point that makes me wonder just how accurate those first comments I got really were. Lots of folks are talking about how reliable and accurate these guns actually are. People are running thousands of rounds through them without any malfunctions at all. And their groups are within an inch at close range and around two to three inches at as much as 50 yards.
So I am thinking maybe I want to get one for myself and get to the truth of the matter. At the price of these guns, it would be worth the expense to own one. MSRP for a .45ACP is only $199.00. And they are available in .380ACP, 9MM, 40S&W, and .45ACP. They also have carbines in the same calibers and the magazines are interchangeable between handguns and long guns.
Some Accessories Are Available
This video from YouTube mentions the smooth grips and how the gun could slip around in your hand. This owner put skateboard tape on the grip. Maybe if he had looked a little he would have found the Hi-Point Accessories website. Textured grips are available in many designs and list for only $17.00 (at the time of this review). This site also offers laser sights and a speedloader at reasonable prices.
The following few paragraphs are from the Hi-Point website and I thought it was worthwhile to reprint them here.
photo of Hi-Point .45ACP pistol
“The Hi-Point of Value
Value means offering the most gun for the dollar, and Hi-Point proudly delivers. Our semi-automatic handguns and carbines are available in several calibers.
Hi-Point firearms are 100% American-made from top to bottom(emphasis mine) and are very affordable.”
“The Hi-Point of Reliability
Hi-Point never makes you choose between reliability and affordability. Our quality control measures are second to none.
Each Hi-Point firearm is test fired prior to shipment to ensure proper and safe functioning. The result is high customer satisfaction, and one of the lowest return or repair rates in the industry.”
photo of Hi-Point .45ACP carbine
“The Hi-Point of Service
Damage, age, and plain old wear and tear – these things happen. When they do, Hi-Point customers enjoy a lifetime, no questions asked warranty(emphasis mine). And lifetime means just that – free repairs for the life of the gun, whether you are the first owner, or the third.
Hi-Point service is fast, friendly and expertly performed. Your firearm will be back in action and good as new, in no time.”
During the course of writing this review, I made an attempt to find a Hi-Point to buy for myself. I was, however, unable to find one in the entire Las Vegas Valley. The dealer locator on their website listed a few, but when I went there I was told they have never been a Hi-Point dealer. So what’s going on here?
I remember seeing Hi-Points in a couple stores in California, but the sales clerk was reluctant to show them because he also had a negative view of them. He said they were available for the low budget buyers. That was where the conversation ended. At the time, I was not looking for another gun, since I already had my EDC and a couple back-ups. However, I will not give up looking for one because I want to know the truth for myself. If it actually is good or bad, I need to know.
I went to a Hi-Point forum that has a link on the Hi-Point website where I found all sorts of opinions and comments about these guns. I was surprised at the amount of feedback I saw. Lots of folks are using these guns and doing customizing for various reasons. It makes me think that maybe there are some positive aspects I am not aware of. So I kept reading. There seems to be an ever so small “society” of Hi-point owners all interacting with each other.
There Will Be Further Updates
I am going to publish this article now because I want this information to get out to you, but “I’ll be back” with more updates when I can finally find some “High Point Guns” to look at and get into my hot little hands.
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