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Bought my first Hi Point. What should I know?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by TTv2, Nov 27, 2022.

  1. TTv2

    TTv2 Member

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    With the Heritage rebates I figured now was a good time to grab a Barkeep on the cheap and figured I'd throw in a Hi Point that has been on my list for a few years now. Not just any Hi Point, but the best Hi Point, AKA the .45 in a wood camo pattern.

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    I did get intrigued by the Taylor's 191's and Tisas people have been talking about, but opted for a more modern, if less refined pistol. I'm sure the warranty and customer service with Hi Point is better, but what I like most is they're all +P rated and I do reload my .45 ACP pretty warm because the Redhawk I own likes hot .45 ACP more.

    I've seen the Paul Harrell review, he suggests working the slide a lot to break it in and smooth out any burrs. Anything else I should know or do?
     
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    A lot of people have had issues with mag lips needing a little adjustment to feed properly. The ones I have functioned perfectly.

    About 4 or 5k rds you will likely have to replace a bent fire pin. Highpoint will send you one or you can send in the gun. If you start getting light strikes after a few thousand rds, the fire pin channel probably needs cleaning.

    Thoroughly clean the gun before using as the lube they ship it with can cause some issues. My .45 trigger was really gritty when new until I cleaned it.

    Stay away from Winchester ammo until you get a few hundred rds thru it.

    I have a used .40 that the safety is really loose. Not a problem for me as its not a carry weapon. I just leave it off, but it's loose enough I wouldn't trust it.
    I don't know how many rds or switch cycles it takes for this to happen, but if it bothered me enough Highpoint would probably fix it.
     
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  3. LiveLife

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    Drop that wood camo pistol on ground covered with fall leaves and you may not find it. :p
     
  4. Fine Figure of a Man

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    Zamak is worth about $4-$5 a pound.
     
  5. Cornhusker77

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    They look like a cordless drill, but the ones I've had shoot well.
    Customer service is some of the best in the industry.
    I really like that camo too.
    Shoot it, enjoy it and just accept it for what it is.
     
  6. Fine Figure of a Man

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    Cheaper too, if you aren't fussy about the size or precision of the holes.
     
  7. CoalCrackerAl

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    They are reliable. A bit of a pain to take down for a cleaning. After you do it a few times. It goes better.
     
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  8. TTv2

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    I think we all should know by now that decreased labor and tooling is what keeps the Hi Points low in price.

    The only things I wish Hi Point would improve with their pistols is the magazines feel cheap and the triggers are terrible. There's no reason they can't make a better stock trigger, but even then when I rented a .40 Hi Point it took less than 2 mags to learn the trigger.
     
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  9. sparkyv

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    I've got no problem with a Hi Point, but I'm more interested in your Barkeeper!


    The best? I think you meant 10mm, but you said 45AARP by mistake. :rofl:
     
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    If you can't say something nice...
     
  11. TTv2

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    They don't make a 10mm pistol, but they should consider it, I can't imagine an extra 2500 psi and a 11% heavier projectile is going to make much difference. I think it's likely Hi Point doesn't see a market for a $150 10mm pistol.

    The barkeep is nothing special. I really had to go back and forth between it and a bird's head Rough Rider, but what sold me on the Berkeep was it was under $100, had a short barrel, and didn't come with a .22 Mag cylinder I was not going to use.
     
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  12. Fine Figure of a Man

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    It was a challenge but I came up with a couple things.
     
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    We all know that Hi Point firearms are FUGLY and there is no arguing that point. And everyone that has actually shot one knows that they function quite well.

    While I have never cared for the Hi Point pistols, I have shot quite a few and they always work. As mentioned, Hi Point has one of the best no questions asked warranty in the business.

    I am quite fond of my 'Planet of the Apes' looking Hi Point carbine. It works every time and has pretty decent accuracy to boot. Mine is the 40 S&W version and I have no problems hitting steel at 100 yards with it.
     
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    Well since Hi Point makes a 10mm carbine, I assumed they made a 10mm pistol. Learned something new today.

    On the Barkeep, I assumed incorrectly once again that you were referring to the Ruger Barkeeper.
     
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    no YEET CANNON?
     
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  16. TTv2

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    The Yeet Cannon is like that 4 barrel derringer with a 1911 style grip frame that was at SHOT years ago, it was promises promises, but will never happen.

    My guess is Hi Point can't offer the threaded barrel and optics ready slide for less than $200 and don't feel comfortable trying to sell it at the same price as a Taurus G2 or G3.
     
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    I had a 9mm some years ago. I always slapped the back of the magazine against my hand before inserting into the gun to "set" the rounds. I don't know if it helped or not, but it didn't cost anything. Mine functioned perfectly about 99% of the time and hit about as well I could hit with any gun back then. Probably better than I can now actually, what with a bad back, arthritis in my hands, and floaters in both eyes, I don't shoot near as much now as I did back then. Have fun with it. I did.
     
  18. Howland937

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    I had one just like the OP for a minute back a couple of years ago, bought used for $120.
    I put a couple of mags through it without issues, traded it off.
    Like a lot of folks, I'm not a fan...but they seem to do what they're supposed to do at a price point for people who don't have a big budget for guns.
     
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  19. Riomouse911

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    My Brother in law brought his two Hi Points (9mm & .45) when we went shooting the day after Thanksgiving.

    They are amazingly reliable guns. Yeah they may look like a mud fence but they do just keep on trucking! Keep it lubed, watch for changes in the mags and the firing pin and you’ll be just fine. :thumbup:

    Let us know how it shoots for you when you get a chance to hit the range. :)

    Stay safe.
     
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    I've had two and I like them. These are not carry pistols, but mine were dead on right out of the box. As for the magazines you can adjust the feed lips yourself, I did, it's not hard at all. There is a Hi-Point forum on the interweb, you can get all of your questions answered there. These guys are heavy beasts but it is a fun gun to shoot and there is no better warranty.
     
  21. TTv2

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    Not intending or expecting to ever carry this Hi Point, at least not concealed. Biggest reason I'm buying it is I want a .45 autoloader and I've wanted more time with my own Hi Point and not renting a well used one for an hour in .40 be my sole experience with them.

    I've been saying for years the .45 Hi Point is the best one to buy for various reasons, but I feel owning one will solidify that opinion.

    Then there's also the issue out of all the guns on my list currently, the Hi Point .45 is the only one available and/or at a normal price.

    Not willing to pay $550 for a snub Taurus .22 or $300 for a Kel Tec .32 acp.
     
  22. chicharrones

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    Gearfire dealers have the Yeet. Just gotta figure out which of your local gun shops work with Gearfire and see what their sell price is.
     
  23. Hangingrock

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    My personal perspective I would not own or acquire a "Hi Point". There are simply better choices. That's my opinion which differs from TTv2. Apparently $$$$ is a consideration.
     
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    I had one in 9mm that I sold to a friend to teach his son to shoot. It cost me $105 to buy and never once had a problem for me or them. I now have a 45 ACP carbine that hasn't caused a problem yet.
     
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    It either will or it won't...but it's certainly the only way you'll ever know. Hopefully it meets your expectations.
     
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