Hi-point 995


Blue Brick
November 23, 2008, 08:20 AM
I am considering the idea of buying a Hi-point 995. I would like a Mini-14 or a PC9, but I just canít rationalize paying $300-650 for a used rifle. In my opinion thatís too much money for something that would most likely be doing closet duty more often than not. I would like to get something new before January 20th and I would like to keep it reasonable and semiautomatic. Ammunition price availability, compatibility, and versatility required. I currently I have a 9mm, 38 special , box fed 22lr, and a 12ga single shot. I try to keep my budget low. I never hunt big game (except Cougar), so I am thinking of the 995. It shoots +P+ 9mm and as lifetime warranty. Anyone think of any other options? Any feedback would be helpful. I have read the older Hi-point posts.

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November 23, 2008, 08:32 AM
I don't own one but wouldn't mind having one. For the price, they have a good reputation and great factory support. It certainly makes sense for you, with a 9mm already in your arsenal. I believe that someone makes a replacement stock that turns the "ugly duckling" into a sharp looking carbine. Good luck.


November 23, 2008, 08:35 AM
9mm isn't suitable for anything other than small game. If you're ok with that then you don't have any reason to worry about another caliber.

November 23, 2008, 09:55 AM
I have a well used 995 9mm carbine.

Far from my favorite gun, however it works great! Reliable and accurate.

If it had a higher mag capacity than the 10 shot factory mag, I would think higher of it as a fighting gun.

Does make a dandy plinker though. Plus the little carbine does really work well. I suppose it would be acceptable as a budget SHTF gun.

It surely is nothing fancy. Not in the same league as an AR, or Mini 14 for range and firepower. But would be a step up from a semi-auto .22 rifle.

I use mine is a trainer gun for the kids. I use it to plink with for fun. And it could work as a defensive gun in a "stop gap" capacity until something better comes along.

My opinion, but the words "cheap" and "self defense" do not go hand in hand. A used .30-30 might be a better choice, again, my opinion.

November 23, 2008, 10:01 AM
I had one, it worked as advertised. Very handy and very reliable, though not pretty ;). As mentioned the aftermarket stock is a big improvement. I ended up selling mine as I found myself never pulling it out of the closet after the '9mm carbine' novelty wore off.

November 23, 2008, 12:19 PM
I really enjoy mine, reliable and accurate. I have the ATI stock on it. Only downside is the 10 round limit.

November 23, 2008, 12:53 PM
The ATI stock makes it look alot like the Beretta Storm. Someone makes a 15rnd magazine, but I still see the magazine capacity as a major limitation. Reasonably accurate, but not much past ranges a 12 gauge will throw slugs well. Fun and cheaper to shoot. I've never heard anything negative about reliability.


November 23, 2008, 06:39 PM
I don't know if I'd want to try a head shot with a shotgun at 75 yards!

Blue Brick
November 23, 2008, 07:02 PM
50 yards is plenty.

Blue Brick
November 23, 2008, 07:13 PM
In order to use the carbine to hunt larger game in Arizona, I will have to change the magazine limit to a fixed 5 rounds. 9mm is legal and suitable for Arizona deer, Javelina and cougar.

November 30, 2008, 10:43 PM
While the 10 round magazines are a bummer, the 995 carbines are quite accurate for ranges up to 100 yards, so a little quick aiming can be more effective then just spraying the countryside with lead. If you can't find 2-3 seconds to change out a mag every 10 rds then you're in a losing situation anyway.:uhoh:

The factory will mail you new mags for $17 each (s/h incl.). I have a half dozen mags now and might get more. I haven't heard many good things about the 15 round aftermarket mags.

The dependability of the 995 is great, so the important thing to look at is price. New 995's are selling here for between $160 & $180, and seem to be in abundent supply. At that price I can buy several and stash them in different places for a SHTF scenario. The same is true of their pistols. I try not to put all my eggs in one basket...;)

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