Range Report: Hi-Point JHP


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DeadFlies
May 12, 2013, 10:40 PM
Range Report: Hi-Point JHP

I finally got out to the range on Saturday and braved the drizzling rain and 50-degreee temps to shoot my new pistol. This is a brief review and my impressions of what is generally considered to be the best of the Hi-Point pistols.

First of all, this thing is big, though not as big as most people think. In fact, it's .75 inches shorter (due to the .5 inch shorter barrel) and 2.5 ounces lighter than a Colt 70 Series (all info is from the manufacturers websites) and its 9-round magazine even gives it a +2 in ammo capacity.

I chose the JHP (mine had less than 100 rounds through it when I got it) after putting about 1000 rounds through another Hi-Point, a C9. The C9 never really fit my hand well and the trigger was malevolent, to put it mildly. The JHP fits me much better and the trigger, though long and heavy, is rather smooth and predictable. Much better than my old, worn-out C9.

Recoil was mild and easy to control; again, much better than the C9. I'd never fired a 45 before and was a bit worried that the recoil might be objectionable but it not bad at all. Pleasant, almost.

It has adjustable sights, so it was easy to get it sighted in and ready to punch some paper. I had 73 rounds with me and I fired them all with no malfunctions at all.

All in all, I am pleased. At less than half the price of even the most affordable 1911 (RIA's 1911 Standard GI retails for about $450 around here) I think the JHP is a great introduction to the .45 ACP cartridge and an acceptable alternative to more expensive and more traditional platforms.

This was my last, and best, target (about 10 yards) of the morning. Not great but, this was my first time shooting a full-size pistol and first time shooting a .45.

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Snowdog
May 12, 2013, 11:10 PM
That features a keyless chuck, right?

Kidding (and aesthetics) aside, I've heard some pretty decent things when it comes to Hi-point pistols. They appear to be generally considered reliable from those who actually own one.

I steer towards military surplus, such as a Cz82 or M57 when I find a need for an inexpensive yet reliable pistol. However, I honestly feel the Hi-point isn't a bad option.

DeadFlies
May 13, 2013, 08:44 AM
That features a keyless chuck, right?

Yes. That's what makes it a Tactical Cordless Drill (TCD)

MedWheeler
May 13, 2013, 02:24 PM
Glad you like it. These are block-ugly, heifer-heavy guns that are apparently rock-solid, super-reliable, affordable, and backed by some of the best customer service in the industry.

I didn't know they called the .45 version a "JHP" (I wonder if that means "Jumbo Hi-Point") :D

There was seriously a vendor at the last gun show I went to, about two months ago, with one ready for sale, complete with box and two magazines, for the bargain price of only $495. :what: Yeah, it was still there at the end of the show's second day.

DeadFlies
May 13, 2013, 02:40 PM
Glad you like it. These are block-ugly, heifer-heavy guns that are apparently rock-solid, super-reliable, affordable, and backed by some of the best customer service in the industry.

I didn't know they called the .45 version a "JHP" (I wonder if that means "Jumbo Hi-Point") :D

There was seriously a vendor at the last gun show I went to, about two months ago, with one ready for sale, complete with box and two magazines, for the bargain price of only $495. :what: Yeah, it was still there at the end of the show's second day.

I paid $250 for mine and it came with the laser, an Uncle Mike's holster, a padded case and 173 rounds of Remington FMJ ammo.

$495? Well, I suppose you gotta fish for suckers with some kind of bait.

foghornl
May 13, 2013, 02:42 PM
Don't own any Hi-point guns, but I have shot most of their offerings over the years.

My humble 1/50th of $1:

Pig-butt-stuck-in-a-mud-fence-ugly. They go Bang! on request every time and put the lead where you aim, or Hi-Point fixes it free.

loose noose
May 13, 2013, 02:59 PM
I'll say it's pig butt ugly, but I see it shoots as well as my Hi Point 9mm carbine, and its just as reliable, good buy!:D

Dean1818
May 14, 2013, 07:58 AM
I shot my friends 45, and it was very accurate and reliable

I think everyone should get one as a pistol that can be tossed around in a tackle box and dropped in the mud gun........

When I get one, it will be my last remaining pistol after the tragic boating accident that claimed all my other weapons and reloading gear in the house..............

bikerdoc
May 14, 2013, 08:58 AM
There has been a 9c and a carbine floating around here as a loaner/trainer for a while.
So what if they are last in in the prom queen voting, they work.

DeadFlies
May 14, 2013, 01:01 PM
I got one because it was cheap. I had the funds to buy a RIA 1911 but it would have left me with precious little money for ammo.

I can shoot my Hi-Point instead of just fondling a 1911 and wishing I could afford some ammo.

gamestalker
May 14, 2013, 01:40 PM
I bought one for every member of my family as a toss around weapon, you know, one that can lay on the floor board of the car for months without concern of it growing ugly. And my Son takes his fishing with him, never know when he might need another anchor?

GS

DeadFlies
May 14, 2013, 01:49 PM
And my Son takes his fishing with him, never know when he might need another anchor?

GS

Good one...:rolleyes:

Kiln
May 14, 2013, 05:07 PM
Heard lots of good stuff about them. Only shot one and it worked fine. Lots of people swear by them and say that if something does go wrong that Hi Point is a stand up company.

Shadow 7D
May 14, 2013, 06:21 PM
Hi Points are like Fat Girls, or so the joke goes
Both are fun till your friends catch you

Actually, it was pretty highly reviewed by a number of reputable gun writers

silicosys4
May 14, 2013, 06:31 PM
I briefly considered trading my brother in law a glock 21 I had and didn't like for his hipoint 9mm.

I quickly came to my senses and just gave him the glock outright

seriously though, I do enjoy shooting his hipoint. Its reasonably accurate and soft shooting

Blue Brick
July 2, 2013, 02:12 AM
Good report.

rondog
July 2, 2013, 03:01 AM
I have three HP carbines, and love 'em all. But I have no experience with their pistols. If they're anything like the carbines, they should be dandies. I wouldn't mind having one stashed away in my garage to repel spooks.

Tortuga12
July 2, 2013, 01:21 PM
Does anyone else think that if they would just change the grip profile and trigger a little bit, it would be a MUCH less ugly hunk of metal? Something about the swoopy curves against that "Brutalist" slide just really seems off.

DeadFlies
July 2, 2013, 01:32 PM
Update

I got a chance to spend some more range time this weekend shooting my JHP and my dad's Glock 19 and his Colt 1911.

The Glock and my HP were about equal and the groups I shot with them were huge compared to the Colt. I suppose one might expect that from a gun that costs 2x the Glock and almost 5x the HP but I was really startled by how huge and unwieldy that HP felt compared the the 1911.

The 1911 impressed me much and I shot it very well. Wish I'd have saved those targets.

I still like my HP but it'll probably be replaced as soon as I can afford something better,.

Ex
July 2, 2013, 07:24 PM
Don't say "replaced", instead, the term "additional" is preferred. ;)

I've got a C9 and have had it for about 3 years. It's in a stable of many others.
About 3000 rounds through it now and it's like a rock. I certainly have others I favour but I can't say anything bad about the HP.

If I need a new gun I'll just buy another. The HP won't bring enough cash ($450 hahahhaha) to enable me to make new purchase, so I'll keep it.
Shoots purdy straight, is reliable and low maintenace, can be taken anywhere that I don't want to take a more expensive gun for fear of damage or loss.
Was also right price at $165 NIB.

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