Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

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

    Joined:
    May 27, 2007
    Messages:
    4,524
    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 Senior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2005
    Messages:
    1,192
    Location:
    Cumming, GA
    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 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2008
    Messages:
    620
    Location:
    Oregon
    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 Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2006
    Messages:
    12,665
    Location:
    In a part of Utah that resembles Tattooine.
    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

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2008
    Messages:
    99
    Location:
    South
    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

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2009
    Messages:
    7
    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

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2009
    Messages:
    80
    Location:
    New Mexico
    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

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2004
    Messages:
    1,356
    If it works...great.

    But, it's still crap.
     
  9. Hungry Seagull

    Hungry Seagull member

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2009
    Messages:
    2,167
    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 Member

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2008
    Messages:
    223
    Location:
    South Carolina
    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

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2006
    Messages:
    5,365
    Location:
    Tacoma, WA
    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 Member

    Joined:
    May 11, 2006
    Messages:
    913
    Location:
    NEK, Vermont
    All my 1911's are pretty, and I don't pretend any of them can speak.
     
  13. rondog

    rondog Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2007
    Messages:
    6,755
    Location:
    Commurado
    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 Senior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2008
    Messages:
    6,262
    Location:
    Texas
    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 Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2007
    Messages:
    6,755
    Location:
    Commurado
    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.....

    [​IMG]
     
  16. earlthegoat2

    earlthegoat2 Senior Member

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2008
    Messages:
    4,514
    Location:
    SE GA
    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.



    Ever.
     
  17. Hostile Amish

    Hostile Amish member

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2008
    Messages:
    522
    Those Hi-Points function, but...the grips are disgusting.
     
  18. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2006
    Messages:
    11,717
    Location:
    Johnson City, TN
    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 Senior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2002
    Messages:
    17,538
    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.)

    Jim
     
  20. Baba Louie

    Baba Louie Senior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2002
    Messages:
    3,830
    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)
     
  21. Dr_2_B

    Dr_2_B Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2006
    Messages:
    1,850
    Location:
    midwest
    I honestly believe he got a decent deal & I'd second the suggestion that you shoot it with an open mind. I hear they are pretty functional.

    Sounds kinda like you're a Corvette man, and he bought himself a nice low-end Kia. I see lots of Kias on the road and they do pretty well - just not as purty as the Corvette.

    I'd be interested in hearing a range report after you fire the thing if you're up to it.
     
  22. Owen Sparks

    Owen Sparks member

    Joined:
    May 27, 2007
    Messages:
    4,524
    Update

    Update. I came home and there it was, new in the box with all the lawyer proof warnings and stickers. I took it out of the cheap ass cardboard box that probably cost less than a dollar, read the instructions and shot it. I loaded the magazine with 8 FMJ bullets, went out on the deck and fired all 8 into the ground. Then I rooted around and found some Silvertip hollow points and loaded and fired 8 of those without a problem. This thing is crude, top heavy and cheaply made but it does go bang every time I pull the trigger and will reliably hit a man in the chest at reasonable combat ranges.
     
  23. Javelin

    Javelin Senior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2007
    Messages:
    1,042
    Location:
    DFW
    Tell him to shoot it in good health.

    ;)
     
  24. shaggy430

    shaggy430 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2008
    Messages:
    922
    I've never heard anything bad about Hi-Points except that they are ugly. I know a guy who has one and has easily shot 5,000 rounds through it with little if no problems. You could sell one of your Kimbers and buy 6 Hi-Points for new shooters or continue to put down others who don't have the money to spend that you do.
     
  25. Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow

    Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow member

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2007
    Messages:
    13,146
    Just be nice.... "Looks great! How does it shoot? That should serve you well! Nice price!" :p :D
     

Share This Page