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A malfunction every 28 rounds... Hi-Point C9

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Templar223, Oct 12, 2012.

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  1. Templar223

    Templar223 New Member

    by John Boch
    (Guns Save Life) - Tim over at GunNuts Media has been reporting on his progress shooting his Hi-Point C9 and putting 2000 rounds through it, a few hundred at a time over the past few weeks.

    He completed his project. In the end, he ran nearly 2200 rounds through it.

    He kept track of the number of malfunctions and the net result?

    A malfunction every 28 rounds, on average.

    Is this a gun you want to defend your life or that of a loved one?

    I don’t think so.

    Personally, I’ve had a-plenty of experience with this particular pistol over the years.

    1. I owned one.



    Beauty and the beast? The most recent HiPoint C9 in action.
    (Rosie, get your support hand up!)
  2. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    I heard if you hit a bad mag with a rock right it'll then put any 1911 to shame. Any rocks out his way?
  3. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Active Member

    Most accounts I've heard suggest the Hi Point pistols are much more reliable than that.

    However, I still have no interest in owning one. I have lots of quality firearms and better things to do with an extra $150 (like buy more ammo).
  4. Owen Sparks

    Owen Sparks member

    My one and only experience with a brand new Hi-Point 9MM, I put 100 rounds through it without incident. It was crude and top heavy but it worked. No jams whatsoever. That being said I HATED it, but it did work.
  5. M-Cameron

    M-Cameron member

    what does he define as a 'stoppage' and what does he define as a 'malfunction'?

    he also never stated what ammo he used and how often it was cleaned.....for all we know he could have been shooting black powder 9mm reloads and never cleaned the thing.....
  6. Templar223

    Templar223 New Member

  7. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    I didn't click on nothing. It seems half the Kimbers have to get sent back to the factory a few times to maybe then work at all.. after the 500 round "break-in" though.
  8. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Active Member

    He very clearly said in the article:

    A malfunction I define as the gun fails to go bang when it’s supposed to for any reason. That includes failure to feed, extract, properly cycle or any other weirdness
  9. Rail Driver

    Rail Driver New Member

    Seems to me he only wrote the article and made the post in order to bash Hi-points. I owned one years ago. It was my first pistol. It shot fairly well (3-4" groups at 30-40ft). It NEVER had a malfunction that wasn't directly attributable to bad ammunition.

    I fired more than 10,000 rounds through that gun, at least 3,000 of which was garbage Norinco surplus.

    I sent it back to Hi-point twice in the time I had it for warranty work. The first time was around 5500-6000 rds after a particularly heavy shooting session where I fired over 2000 rounds in one weekend (broken extractor), got the pistol back within a week looking nearly new. It went back again right before I sold it in order to have all the springs replaced and have it checked over.
  10. MedWheeler

    MedWheeler Active Member

    I heard that some states are considering legislation that proclaims certain guns (including the Hi-Point line) are so crude and unreliable that having one pulled on you is no longer considered putting you "in fear for life." The laws, if passed, will make it a crime to resist an attempted attack by someone using one by drawing your own gun (unless it's also on the list.) :rolleyes:
  11. Rail Driver

    Rail Driver New Member

    Let me guess... New York, California, Massachusetts, Illinois, New Jersey and Hawaii? :p
  12. TennJed

    TennJed New Member

    You can find bad review ony any gun if you look. One bad review vervus countless people claiming no issues on forums. I don't think the op's results are typical. I have no doubt that Hi Points have a good rep for function.

    I will never own one based on size and looks, but if I needed one to protect my life, I would not feel uneasy
  13. azgsmith

    azgsmith New Member

    ahh yes the low point 9

    It is what it is.
  14. The father in law bought one. Shot 10 rounds through it. After 2 feed failures later, and realizing I'd be just as well to pick up a rock for sd, I had to say no. I guess I'm being opinionated but even if I had shot 100 rounds and didn't have any failures, the pistol is just so cluncky and unshapely I'll have to pass.

    Nuff' said.
  15. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy New Member

    I got one in 45 and I had no issues so IMO Hi-points are made in the USA have a no fault warrenty and are ugly workhorses. So this guy had issues and so have folks with Kimbers and Glocks so YMMV.
  16. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator

  17. beatledog7

    beatledog7 New Member

    That Hi-Point was a lemon, far less reliable than most, by all accounts. Probably at least one marginal magazine in the test.
  18. M-Cameron

    M-Cameron member

    then what is a stoppage?

    he seems to count 'stoppages' and 'malfunctions' differently.......with only 1 malfunction and 76 stoppages....
  19. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Active Member

  20. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer New Member

    I had a gun that misfed nearly every round - starting with the second - and broke and shed parts on the range floor. And it cost over six times as much.
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