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Father in law bought a High Point and...

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Owen Sparks, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. Owen Sparks

    Owen Sparks member

    He wants me to take a look at this thing and tell him what I think. You probably KNOW what I think already as I sit here among highly my customized 1911's M1A's and Benelli shotguns. What do I tell the man? My wife is bringing it home with a box of shells for me to sight in. Some guy at his church who "knows a lot about guns" found him a deal on it. I think it was $150 new and he probably will get what he paid for. Maybe it will go bang everytime the trigger is pulled, I guess that's good enough. :mad:
  2. GTSteve03

    GTSteve03 New Member

    A good friend of mine bought a High-Point because he wanted to go shooting and it was all he could afford at the time as he was a poor college student.

    Now, I've shot a lot more expensive guns in my time, but the High Point seemed to work well enough for what it is. It's a simple blow-back operated 9mm with a single stack magazine. It weighs a ton in the slide because it's blow-back. The recoil spring is really stiff. But it never had a problem actually firing and the holes it made in the paper were pretty close together if you knew what you were doing.

    It's not pretty and it's not a refined piece of machinery but it does tend to work well enough.
  3. okespe04

    okespe04 New Member

    Its really hard for me to say this but hi point makes a decent firearm in terms of functionality. Take an objective look at it, run him through its functions and fire it yourself. You may be surprised.

    I own a hi point 9mm as a hand it to a buddy in a shtf situation / beater truck type gun.
  4. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard New Member

    They work. That's about all you can say about them. I don't like their triggers, their-pin-through-the-frame construction, and I wouldn't want to run one through a 10k rd torture test.
  5. PhiloebeddoUSA

    PhiloebeddoUSA New Member

    They work.

    Perhaps if he enjoys the shooting experience, he can work his way up to finer tools. Until then, a $150 Hi Point will serve its purpose.

    Try to be objective when you shoot it. If it disappoints you, maybe you should give him one of your 1911's? :evil:

    More than likely he won't know the difference, and he will really like the High Point. I would pay good money to see your respectful performance regarding the father in laws purchase. A slippery slope indeed. Good Luck!
  6. tigereye_77

    tigereye_77 New Member

    I say tell your father-in-law that he got a decent deal. brand new they usually cost around $200 depending on the accessories that come with it. Hi Points are one of those guns that people either love them or hate them.

    I was thankful when I got rid of mine. The ergonomics on that thing aggravated me to no end.
  7. Q!!

    Q!! New Member

    Tell he got a gun that will function as it is supposed to, and will work realiably. They are big and ugy, but the do what they are suposed to do. Do not be a gun snob. That is not very becomming.
  8. crebralfix

    crebralfix member

    If it works...great.

    But, it's still crap.
  9. Try to be gracious and tell Him that he has a gun that is safe, shoots, hits what he wants to (More or less) and all around not too bad for the money. later on when He realizes for himself what other options are out there...

    It be good yah?
  10. Geezer Glide

    Geezer Glide New Member

    They are heavy, they aren't much to look at but they go bang every time. Not many 1911's can say that but some of them sure are pretty.
  11. leadcounsel

    leadcounsel member

    I have the same situation -

    I've become a gun snob with a large collection and decent budget. My brother has very functional basic guns (two of which I gave him, and SKS and M44 Mosin Nagant).

    Anyway, his buddy bought a .45 Hi Point that didn't function. My bro bought it from him for $100 and got it to function. My bro is also getting his CCW but has realized that the Hi Point isn't going to be a good carry weapon b/c it's built like a brick! But he says it's reliable and accurate, and if he's happy I'm happy for him.

    As he gets more into it I'm sure he'll buy a better gun, or maybe I'll give him a nice present one day...
  12. yeti

    yeti New Member

    All my 1911's are pretty, and I don't pretend any of them can speak.
  13. rondog

    rondog Active Member

    JMHO, but don't spout your negative opinions about HP and drive the man away from the sport! If this is his first gun, that's great! Help him to enjoy it and learn with it, and eventually he'll most likely move up to something else.

    FWIW - I have two HP carbines, and they do nothing BUT perform! I can't speak for their handguns, no exp. with them. Sure, they're ugly, and inexpensive, and cheaply made. But if they work and it makes the FIL happy, WTH......let him shoot it 'til he's giddy, then hand him your finest pistol and let him shoot that one!
  14. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy New Member

    A local gun range has some that they say have gone over 10,000 rounds.
    Ugly yes , but they work with out fail.
    Gun snobbery is the worst kind of them all.
  15. rondog

    rondog Active Member

    I've posted this photo far too many times, but this is my first 50 rounds through my HP .40 carbine, right out of the box. Only thing I did to the sights was put a tiny piece of masking tape on the front blade so I could see it better. Don't know if their pistols shoot like this.....

  16. earlthegoat2

    earlthegoat2 New Member

    You can probably tell him your a gun snob.

    Then you can shoot it and see that the thing shoots great and that you not only get what you pay for you get more than what most people pay for their Kimbers because HiPoints dont jam.

  17. Hostile Amish

    Hostile Amish member

    Those Hi-Points function, but...the grips are disgusting.
  18. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer New Member

    We get it, you're a gun snob. :p

    As I've written a dozen times, I paid over six times as much for a handgun that still malfunctioned and broke. If the things go bang every time, that is all you can really ask for.
  19. Jim K

    Jim K Active Member

    Better a $150 gun that works when you need it than a $2500 gun that doesn't. (And I have seen several of the latter.)

  20. Baba Louie

    Baba Louie New Member

    Keep an open mind, take it out and shoot the heck outta that fugly little thing. I'll bet you're surprised by it's performance.

    It might not be your cup o' tea, or mine, and I do think the aesthetics are somewhat (ahem) awkward. But if it shoots, then it shoots. If not, then hey... you did your job. (and I would do my best to try & make it jam or malf somehow just to see if it can/does and learn what it takes to do so)

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