Hi-Point Carbine Reviews


January 13, 2011, 11:10 PM
Looking for reviews of the Hi Point Carbine chambered in either the 9mm or the .40 S&W. I am not interested in buying one. Just wondering if they are as much of a piece of junk as they seem. I own a Glock and I am proficient with it, however that is the extent of my Black Gun knowledge. (Hunting is more my cup of tea--hunting animals, that is..)

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January 13, 2011, 11:12 PM
The HP 995 is awesome! They are worth every cent and then some. Imagine that for the money, you get a lifetime warranty. The new style stock and rails look much nicer.

I call it the little carbine that could. I wrote a review of mine about 2 or 3 years back.


January 13, 2011, 11:14 PM
my brother has one. bought it for 50 bucks at a pawn shop! that little thing is amazing! so much so, ive thought about snatching one up for myself.

January 13, 2011, 11:17 PM
Try the SEARCH feature, you'll find that your impression is mistaken.

January 13, 2011, 11:32 PM
Yeah- I am seeing quite a few fans. It just seems like a cheap gun like that, including their pistols have more of a chance to injure the shooter. Not sure how, necessarily--just seems that way. It almost seems a little too good to be true, if that makes sense. A brand new, solid, reliable semi auto firearm for $200... Yall heard of anyone being hurt by a Hi Point?

Col. Plink
January 13, 2011, 11:39 PM
had one in 40 that was a darn good arm for the money. Solid performance, low price.

January 13, 2011, 11:46 PM
including their pistols have more of a chance to injure the shooter.

And this is where I call BS (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96CyDvPbnOQ).
You're buying into heresay a bit too much there. They're ugly, weighty and picky eaters at worst. They don't fall apart. They don't explode. I mean seriously. Unbiased research is your friend.

January 14, 2011, 12:03 AM
Chill Panzer. I said it seems like a cheap, pot metal firearm has more of a chance to hurt someone. I didn't say I believe that wholeheartedly. I'm not sure why you are coming across like I have offended you, which apparently I have done. I am just interested in learning more about something I don't know about. You don't have to "Call BS" as if I have stated something untrue...

January 14, 2011, 12:09 AM

I used to think similar to you. I held off buying one, then, when they went on sale for like $169ish, I thought, heck...what can I lose?! They are great carbines. I bought mine for woodchucks around the barn. I needed more power than a .22LR, and didn't want to be firing a 4,000 FPS rifle round at 25 to 50 yards. The 9mm with hollow points made perfect sense. It is actually good to doubt until you see folks who can confirm it is a good product. I agree...it must be safe. The HP 995 is safe. Buy it with complete confidence.


January 14, 2011, 12:27 AM
Geno- even though I am not in the market for a firearm, I do appreciate your positive, respectful response. Take care!

January 14, 2011, 07:52 AM
well, I have always found it very easy to to feel that "if it's too good (cheap) to be true, it probably is not true"
probably never will get ovr that, for myself
but... there is way too much evidence on gun forums that says the Hi-points are ok
pretty, no
hold up to really high round counds, ain't got a clue
but I know people who own and shoot 'em, who are happy with 'em
not for me to say hhey shouldn't be happy

my grandson's GF shoots the Hi-point carbine, likes it, took her 1st bambi with it
a Browning it ain't, but it works

January 14, 2011, 08:45 AM
said it seems like a cheap, pot metal firearm has more of a chance to hurt someone

No, you directly stated that hi-point firearms- inspite of large quantities of evidence to the contrary and a complete lack of proof to support your supposition -have more of a chance to hurt somebody. Nothing was mentioned of 'potmetal-like firearms' in your original quote.

Now I'm no Hi-point apologist and I appreciate your edits, but own up to what you actually said, not weasle out of it after the fact and then tell somebody to chill :rolleyes:

Back on topic, nobody has ever been hurt by hi-point "potmetal" that I've ever seen beyond rabid heresay. I'm sure it's happened, but I sincerely doubt due to any intrinsic design flaw based on the information I've gathered. .

January 14, 2011, 10:27 AM
I have a .40 carbine, and bought a 9mm carbine for my grandson. They're both very accurate and reliable, and superb fun for plinking! Put a cheap red-dot on one, and it's so much fun you can't stand it. Don't know that I'd carry one in combat, but I wouldn't hesitate to use one for self or home defense. The don't jam or do funky things, they just go BANG very well and make holes where you want them.

This is the target from my very first time shooting my .40. This is one box of 50 rounds, I had to start aiming at the edge of the hole because the center was all gone. This was right out of the box, with no cleaning or sight adjustments whatsoever, and Blazer ammo.


January 14, 2011, 10:31 AM
very popular carbines for good reasons. search THR threads as previously stated

January 14, 2011, 11:46 AM
Of all of the major cheap gun manufacturers, their carbines and their handguns tend to bring out the most haters on the Net.

The real world problem . . .

Hi-Points are like mopeds and Jersey Shore grenades, maybe fun to ride but not to be seen on.

January 14, 2011, 12:58 PM
I would echo others' opinions about the HP 995- namely that it is an accurate & reliable rifle. I have had one for several years and shoot it regularly with steel-cased ammo. No problems whatsoever despite markedly less cleaning than my other rifles.

The only potential downside to the HP 995 carbine is re-sell value. From what I've seen, if you can get over $100 for a used one you are doing well... YMMV.

January 14, 2011, 02:33 PM
I keep wanting one of these in 9mm with the ATI stock that makes it look like a Beretta Storm.
Do they feed hollow points ok? Can they take +p ammo?

January 14, 2011, 04:38 PM
According to Hi Point you CAN use +P. I have never used hollow points in mine so I can't answer that one.

January 14, 2011, 06:09 PM
Ours eats anything that says 9mm Luger on it. Any brand, any bullets.

Carl N. Brown
January 14, 2011, 06:25 PM
I almost hate to have to defend Hi Point but

"Pot metal" is poorly regulated zinc alloy made with no standards (impurities, air bubbles, etc). Read cap pistols, toys, no-stress automobile ornaments (not car parts).

Hi Points are made of a Zamack zinc alloy according to industry standards suitable for serious parts; they're low cost but they are not pot metal.

January 14, 2011, 07:45 PM
has the Hi Point .45 carbine ever come out?

January 14, 2011, 08:04 PM
Its out already, just not cheap. Last time I looked on gunbroker and in a few shops the average price was between $325 to $385 depending where it was coming from. Call me crazy, but I like the old stock more then the TS stock.

January 15, 2011, 01:12 PM
Great info about Pot Metal, Mr. Carl Brown. I never knew that. Panzer- I will own up to this quote because it is exactly what I said: "It just seems like a cheap gun like that, including their pistols have more of a chance to injure the shooter." I said it SEEMS. I did not say I am SURE. Now, I am using my wife's P.O.S. Mac computer so maybe the entire quote was not posted. This computer screws stuff up like that every so often. Anyway, the point is, I am very cautious. After going on You Tube and seeing all the videos of people shooting Hi Point pistols and carbines, and after reading a lot of good opinions of them and very few bad ones, I have a much more positive view of them than I did, say, a month ago. Thanks to all of you! Take Care!

January 15, 2011, 02:04 PM
I own 3 of the Hi Point 995 carbines, 2 old style and one of the new TS models.
Wouldn't trade them for anything.
They are reliable, accurate and fun.
The pistols are kinda clunky and heavy, but doggone it, they shoot good. :)
I belong to a HI Point forum, and so far the only kaboom anyone has reported was a non Hi Point firearm, (S&W SW40VE) and it turned out to be ammo related.

January 15, 2011, 02:18 PM
I just took delivery of a HP 4595 a few days ago. It was $260 off GB from a dealer in Al.. It's been in the twenties here and we shot in a foot of new snow. Shot and shot and shot. No malf's of any sort. I had taken off the iron sights and installed a red dot, the battery died and that's the only reason we quit. My daughter who at first turned her nose up at the looks of the rifle admitted it was a hoot to shoot.

I am a blue steel and walnut kind of guy and I wasn't thrilled at the thought of this what seemed like cheap rifle. But I wanted a pistol caliber carbine that I could reload for. All of the Camp 9's and 45's that I bid on went over my budget.

Initial impressions: it's short and handy, perhaps too heavy toward the muzzle. It functions without problems, so far. It has a very good guarantee. The construction and materials though different from what most of us are used to seems more than adequate for the job at hand. This rifle would definitely find a niche on a farm, for varmint control, and as an inexpensive but effective home defense weapon. I bought it for a fun gun to shoot up tin cans and water jugs and to keep my daughter occupied when we go shooting. Handsome is as handsome does. For the price it's a buy.

January 15, 2011, 06:03 PM

Hi-Point 995 rifle is a good and affordable 9mm carbine. See the Gunblast video review below:


Just not my cup of tea as a 9mm AR-15 is more customizable and accurate.


I'd rather spend the money and transfer the PCC skills over to my .223 AR-15 or .308 AR-10.

January 15, 2011, 09:03 PM
With a 4x40 scope, I am getting 30 rounds within a quarter size hole at 50 yards. I have a 995TS. The local gun shops in central FL have been getting more and more in stock, therefore lowering prices. The 9 mm is going for around $199, the .40 for $220, and the .45 for $250. The .45 is still hard to find though.

Back to reliability, I have put about 500 rounds through mine with no FTF or FTE. Just recently, a buddy took out a pretty large boar with the 9mm.

January 15, 2011, 09:33 PM
I would like to find the new 45acp for $250.00
I think the last i saw in omaha was $ 350.00

January 16, 2011, 09:30 PM
Guys, unless you have a 10mm carbine, a Malin 44 mag guide gun, you should not be boar hunting with other pistol cals.

Okay, maybe the 75 pounders inside 25 yards but anything bigger deserves to be dropped with a proper rifle caliber.:fire:

January 16, 2011, 10:38 PM
Having owned a new .45acp Hi Point carbine for less than two weeks I can't give a full review but I am having fun shooting it. I have a gun rack built on my CJ5 for shotguns and it looks totally bad azz mounted up on the roll bar at my left elbow.
Open sights out of the box I am accurate out to 75 yards.

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