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hi point carbines - opinions?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by tuj, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. tuj

    tuj Well-Known Member

    Looking at carbines and interested in this one. Can anyone tell me how they run?
  2. DanTheFarmer

    DanTheFarmer Well-Known Member

  3. CornCod

    CornCod Well-Known Member

    I liked mine before the burglar got it. Front sight tended to get loose after a lot of shooting. Field Stripping is well-neigh impossible except to those in the skilled trades. However, I used the same method as I used with the similarly difficult Ruger Mark II (spraying every opening with a bath of WD-40) and the Hi-Point 9mm kept humming nicely. The Hi-Point is light, handy and reasonably accurate. If you can't afford one of those fancy Beretta pistol caliber carbines the Hi-Point is the way to go.
  4. tuj

    tuj Well-Known Member

    Do they feed hollow-points reliably? Do you guys like the 9mm or the 45acp better?
  5. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Well-Known Member

    They feed EVERYTHING! As for caliber choice, Ive used both to take deer at close ranges.

    What do you plan to do with it? Plink, hd, hunt? The 45 is what I would choose.
  6. 12Bravo20

    12Bravo20 Well-Known Member

    I've had my .40 Hi Point carbine for about 6+ years and haven't had any issues with it. Fugly but very functional! I have a cheap red dot on mine.
  7. Paper_Zombie

    Paper_Zombie Well-Known Member

    A friend of mine brought one to the range one time. It felt like it was going to fall apart with every shot, and I was never 100% sure I'd seated the magazine properly, but dang was it accurate!

    Careful though...his had literally blown up due to a hot factory load. By blow up, I mean the receiver block exited the gun through the left side.

    Hi-point, being hi-point, fixed it for free.

    It now has a toilet bolt as a charging handle. :scrutiny:
  8. mytyace

    mytyace New Member

    i love mine i have the 995ts i can get 10 shot 1.5in groups at 50 yards with a red dot
  9. cat_IT_guy

    cat_IT_guy Well-Known Member

    Fugly yes, functional and reliable definitely yes, and lots of fun. I had a 9mm and wish I hadnt sold it. Was like a step up from .22 without going all the way to a bottleneck round (in cost and power).
  10. jimmyraythomason

    jimmyraythomason Well-Known Member

    Very pleased with my 995T.
  11. tuj

    tuj Well-Known Member

    I'm looking for home-defense. I'm also considering the Storm and a 16" upper for my AR. Not really sure which option I like best. The .223 I hear has less over-penetration risk, but I'm more of a pistol shooter, so I tend to have more 45acp and 9mm ammo on-hand than .223.

    What would you guys take? An AR or a pistol-caliber carbine for HD? Either would have a red dot and foregrip.
  12. jim243

    jim243 Well-Known Member

    Can't tell you about anyone's but mine, a Hi-Point 4095, shoots great and is a blast to use. Recoil about the same as a 223 and very accurate.

  13. baz

    baz Well-Known Member

    Well, I have both (actually, my .223 is a Tromix Saiga) so I guess I'm covered no matter what.

    But I think the answer depends on what you mean by "home defense," and whether the gun will be designated for that sole purpose. When I think of "home defense" I think of being in my home, defending against a home invasion, an armed burglar, etc. For that, I happen to think I'm adequately covered by my XDM in 9mm. If it got to where I was gonna chose between my 995 and the .223 in the same situation where I'd use an XDM, I'd probably grab the 995. It has a red dot, and a laser. The .223 is sighted in for 200 yards, and is scoped with a LER Scout Mount setup, so it really isn't set up for CQB. But if I have to go outside, I'm grabbing the .223, not the 995.

    Now there is a big price differential between a 995 and a .223 AR. Personally, I cannot justify owning the latter just as a CQB gun. Given that, I'd go for a 995 as a much cheaper alternative.

  14. jerkface11

    jerkface11 Well-Known Member

    Best bang for your buck in the carbine department. If you have more money the Kel-tec holds more ammo. If you have even more money the 9mm AR's are very nice too. But at that point you can buy all 3 calibers of hipoint for the same price.
  15. Panzercat

    Panzercat Well-Known Member

    I'm on board with everything but the 'light' part. Still a good buy tho.
    You'll never find one. Just saving you the frustration right here and now.
  16. Furncliff

    Furncliff Well-Known Member

    I like pistol caliber carbines, I bought a 4595 out of idle curiosity. It's been totally reliable with store bought and homemade ammo, including hollow points. It's compact size the ability to mount red dots and/or lights, reliability and price make it ideal for a budget HD weapon. The company has a no BS warrantee, mags are cheap and there are larger after market mags available. I have an adapter that will allow me to use 1911 magazines.

    I like mine, but would choose a the 9mm just for cost. My only complaint... mine is not very accurate, but all my guns are range toys so using it as a soup can blaster is fine with me.

    Oh, and it's an ugly sucker.:D
  17. Geno

    Geno Well-Known Member

    Awesome carbine. I wrote a review here some years back about "The Little Carbine That Could". I score them a 10. :D

  18. jonnyc

    jonnyc Well-Known Member

    I love my 995 in its ATI stock, much more solid than the original stock.
    It feeds almost everything, but sometimes hangs up on flat-point 147 grainers. Why do they even make those things? HP and RN-FMJ are just fine.
  19. Chris-bob

    Chris-bob Well-Known Member

    I bought my 995 in 2000 for $75 at a pawn shop. Shot it a lot since then. Never a single fail-to-feed or stovepipe. It shoots anything I feed it with zero problems. Everyone that shoots it ends their session wanting one.
  20. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Well-Known Member

    ...and its my experience that the KelTec is overpriced, always was, and is less accurate and much less reliable.

    The Hi Point will do what you need to do. Just carry more mags.

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