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  1. Thinking on buying High Point Pistols

    Thinking about buying the .380 for my wife, and the 40 for myself.
    Was wondering how well they hold up as far as shooting and reliability..?
    Any comment welcome thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hdpirate View Post
    Thinking about buying the .380 for my wife,
    The .380 and the 9mm are trhe same pistol chambered differently, they both even use the same magazine. Given the lower price and better power (not to mention the scarcity of .380 recently) you'd be best to just get her the 9. The pistol is heavy enough that the recoil of the 9 is not a problem for any woman I've ever seen shoot one.
    and the 40 for myself.
    40 or 45 is personal choice.
    Was wondering how well they hold up as far as shooting and reliability..?
    Any comment welcome thank you.
    They need a break-in period but they last just fine. The firing pin is also the ejector so be careful of slamming a loaded magazine into one with the slide locked open as you can bend the pin. The warranty is unbeatable, if you ever have a problem (as in ever, no matter what the problem is) the company will take care of it. There's a story of a housefire destroying a 995 and the owner sent a plastic puddle with the serial number embedded in it. HiPoint sent them a new carbine. I never hesitate to recommend them to people who are looking for an inexpensive firearm. If you're on a budget, or just want a truck-gun, beater, or tackle-box gun they're a good choice.

    They are ugly, heavy, ugly, not particularly comfortable to hold, ugly, dependable, ugly, and a good value for what they cost. I've owned several pistols and carbines and could never become emotionally attached.


    Did I mention they are ugly?
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    You will always get different answers when talking to people about Hi-Points. My experience with them is that they are pretty much junk. I was shooting with my buddy who had his hi-point JHP, and the gun started firing double taps on its own. One of the rounds ignited before it was fully chambered, and was stuck in the barrel at an angle. Luckily it was far enough back to not allow the next round to chamber, or the gun would've exploded.

    I have heard too many stories about tragedy and near misses with cheap firearms. I figure, if someday I'm going to rely on the proper functioning of this firearm to potentially save my life, then I want the best gun money can buy. I don't want to be wishing that I paid the extra couple hundred bucks when my gun jams in a firefight. But I would buy one for a truck gun, or to plink with, or a loner pistol for a friend.

    I can vouch for Hi-Point's customer service though. They are as good as any company I've dealt with.
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    I know a friend who got a Hi Point 9mm he gave to his sister and the Cobra .380 for himself.
    After they both tried them out, they're thinking of switching. The .380 suits her more for every-day shooting. Even though she has a .454 she has shot with accuracy, she just prefers the comfort of shooting the .380.

    We all know that practice counts. If the change in caliber means that she's familiar and comfortable with shooting that particular gun, then it could be a huge benefit.

    In observing the Hi Point as used by her, she has had exactly one malfunction and it was cleared easily when I inspected it. She's more of a revolver lady. Still, she's shot her High Point with fairly good accuracy and no real malfunctions to speak of. That said, it does feel like a plastic piece of junk. :P

  6. Hey thanks for the info, it gives me something to think about now.

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    We have covered this in other threads (dig up the archives), but I have had the HP .45 for 10 years and other than when using the cheap Wolfe rounds, I have never had a problem (over 2,000 rounds down the pipe).

    I also have had the .380 for 9 years and have had not one single problem what-so-ever with it.

    As already mentioned, the 9mm would be a better choice simply because of the shortage of .380 cartridges.

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    +1 on Everything hdpirate and mbass said about the HiPoint. How do I know you ask? I own the .45, C9 and 995 and never had any problems with them. I would pick the C9 over the .45 though. The .45 is just too big of a gun and you really have to hang on to it for those accurate shot/s. For me anyway.

    mbass- I've shot WOLF throught the .45 when I first got the gun. Probably had a "few" jams through the breaking in period. They (cases) are coated with laquer which is why they jam up especially on the .45 .

    Like they say, "don't knock it till you've tried one".

    ......question: have ANY guns ever jammed before?
    (All the above are MY opinions/suggestions ONLY....AND, I like to bust ball's, it's called having a sense of humor. In other words, no intent to offend anyone, so get over it)

  9. Some people swear by them. I'm not one of those people. I fired a HP for about 100 rounds in 9mm and had about 9 malfunctions. I shoot a G17 regularly with no malfunctions so I don't think it was operator error (many FTE).

    I wouldn't recommend this weapon, but give it a try you may love it.

    I should note that this was about 2 years ago and HP may have improved quality control.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sambo42xa View Post
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    mbass- I've shot WOLF throught the .45 when I first got the gun. Probably had a "few" jams through the breaking in period. They (cases) are coated with laquer which is why they jam up especially on the .45 .

    Like they say, "don't knock it till you've tried one".

    ......question: have ANY guns ever jammed before?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sambo42xa View Post
    [FONT="Comic Sans MS I own the .45, C9 and 995 and never had any problems with them. [/FONT]


    I think you and I had this conversation on the other thread, too; but I also have the 995. It is an awesome carbine. I was looking at the .40 just for grins and giggles, but ended up with the 9mm to match the ammo for my GLOCK 26 for when SHTF (only one caliber to carry for both).

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