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Should I buy a used Hi-Point?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by christcorp, Dec 2, 2009.

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  1. christcorp

    christcorp Member

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    1st; let me say that I don't NEED any more guns. I probably have more than I need. (Even though us guys probably don't think we ever have enough). But one of my local gun dealers won a bid with the local police/sheriffs office and bought a large lot of confiscated weapons. What I'm looking at is a Hi-Point C9 9mm pistol.

    I've always heard good things about Hi-Point, so that isn't really the issue. This one however used, is going for $65. That's a little less than half price compared to new. And with a lifetime warranty, I'm not too concerned if there's an issue with it in the future. The only reason I'm considering it is:
    1) It's a 9mm, and that's one caliber I don't have.
    2) It's cheap.
    3) While I don't reload pistol any longer, I can hold onto the 9mm brass and trim it down and use it to reload my 9mm makarov if I chose to. (All makarov I shoot now is steel case and not reloadable).
    4) Ammo is pretty cheap.

    The biggest concern/question I have is: What the hell would I do with this gun? I've sold/traded off many guns throughout the years. I can honestly say that every weapon I have left, has a specific purpose. As for handguns, I have a 22 revolver for plinking, cheap fun, if needed; small game survival hunting, ... I have a PPK style 32acp for CCW when in a suit or little clothing. I have a CZ-82 9mm mak for normal day to day CCW. A sig P220 for CCW with heavy clothing and open carry. A S&W model 13 357 magnum for home defense. I have others for other reasons, but those 5 handguns are the ones with 5 pretty specific purposes. I just can't seem to think about what I would use a hi-point 9mm for. For self defense, I am quite comfortable with the makarov, 32acp, or 45acp. So, can anyone help me think of reasons why I might spend $65 on a Hi-Point C9 9mm??? thanks....
     
  2. Mike J

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    I came across some High Points at a gun show a couple of years ago & thought about buying one. There was a dealer there that was selling them NIB for $99.00 a piece. I know a couple of people who have had them & from what they said they worked as long as you keep them clean. I decided against it. Not because I feel like I have every gun I need or want. I just thought I would rather wait & save my money for something else I would rather have. I guess the question is do you want it?
     
  3. wamj2008

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    I spent $65 on a Bryco .380, and sold it about 3 days later. Impulse buys are bad things, especially when it comes to cheap guns. That's my experience anyway. Plus, you'll have to buy another caliber.
     
  4. KevininPa

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    Buy It

    I had one and wish I kept it as a truck/barn gun. Shot anything it was fed. If it disappears you won't be put out much. Those little gun safes you buy for a car/truck probably run more.
    BTW, might want to double check that 9mm trimming theory. I believe Makarov cases are wider in diameter. The .380 is a short 9mm case. I believe some euro firearms are labeled "9mm cort" ( 9mm short). Even then I'm not sure you could do it because I believe 9mm casings are tapered and .380 are not. More knowledgeable minds will weigh in I'm sure.
     
  5. Oldnoob

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    For $65? Buy it. Just so you can give a first person experience review about it the next time someone post a Hi Point thread. And if you find yourself not wanting to keep it for whatever reason, you can sell it for the same or better price.
     
  6. zombienerd

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    I say buy it... Throw it in the glovebox in your car/truck... Forget about it :)

    The more the merrier...
     
  7. SG1

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    A guy I work with bought one of those this weekend. I was impressed with how small it is compared to their .380 and .45 versions.

    For the price, if all is functional, would make an excellent glove box gun.
     
  8. w_houle

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    $65 means that you aren't losing money on the deal. Fobus makes a nice holster for it. The C9 also takes the same magazine as the CF380, so should be plentiful. Sounds good to me :)
     
  9. wgaynor

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    If you buy it, and decide you don't want it, I have no doubt you'll find a person willing to buy it from you. (I will, if the shipping and fees keep it a reasonable purchase).

    Hi points have a no questions asked warranty. Even if you are the 4th owner of it, you run it over with a semi, after pulling it from a lake, send it in, they'll fix it, and send you a free magazine for your troubles.

    I bought a used one and loved it. I regret selling it...
     
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    I wouldn't buy a knew one, but hey, it's up to you.
     
  11. christcorp

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    Kevin; the trimming of the 9mm luger cases for use in makarovs is a very common practice. Yes, the makarov is a little wider; .364 instead of .357; but once you put in through the makarov dies, it will resize properly. Like I said, this is a very common practice among makarov reloaders. Never a problem 1.

    I think I might just go ahead and buy it. I'll look at it again today and see if it's still available. They also have a chrome .380 model; but 380 is a caliber that is way to expensive, and it's weaker than my makarov, yet bigger than the 32acp. Basically, no possible use for that caliber at all.

    On a side note; my boss is wanting to get rid of one of his "Cheap" pistols. It's an AMC Backup 380. SAO. He wants $75. I've shot it before, and as long as you use FMJ in it, it works fine. Again; no real use for a 380, but the size and price are tempting. Thoughts???
     
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    Buy if for sure. .380's are too hard to get ammo for. The C9 is a good, strong reliable pistol. I have put 1000's of rounds through mine without a problem. I have a 9mm carbine too and it is just as reliable so far.
     
  13. Ben86

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    An AMC! Snatch that up for sure! Those little pistols are cool. It would make a great pocket gun. I regret not buying my dad's when he sold it to get a glock 23.

    As for the high point, it would probably make a pretty good knock around gun. I personally can't stand to look that them because they are sooo ugly.
     
  14. PX15

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    FWIW:

    HighPoint has one of the best warranties in the firearms industry... All HighPoints are warranted for EVER, and EVER, amen..

    No matter if you were the original owner, or you found in a dumpster (in which case I'd call the fuzz, being the good citizen that I am in my senior citizen years), the warranty is good..

    Would I want such a pistol? No thanks, I stay away from cheap guns just because thank the Lord I have that option.. But from all I've read owners seem real happy with them. HighPoint pistols seem to shoot much better than you'd expect for their cost.

    Just personal opinion, no offense to those who might disagree.

    Best Wishes,

    Jesse
     
  15. Just One Shot

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    It's butt ugly and to me that seems awful expensive for a paper weight.
    :D
    :neener:
     
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    For $65 I might buy it even though I don't really care for cheap guns. Just make sure it works... a lifetime warranty is not worth much if you end up dead. Like others have said, it could be tossed in a trunk, toolbox, garage, etc. and you don't really have to care about it too much.
     
  17. DeepSouth

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    get agervated you bought a jam-o-matic and sell it for a loss.

    If you want a single shot 9mm.........buy it.:)
     
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    Jam-o-matic, huh? Wow... That's funny, cute, and just so gosh darned original! So how many rounds of what brand have you fired before you gave up on yours?
     
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    $65.00 for a working 9MM?

    I've shot those; they work. Why would anyone hesitate? I'd snap it up for beater use.
     
  20. mcdonl

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    They are not good guns for posers though. If you like to brag about brands more then shooting you should pass up on it. Or, buy it and I will give you $75 +shipping and Transfer. I could use a second... although... my first has never given me cause to replace it. None-the-less... the offer still stands.
     
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    Thanks for all the comments. I will see if it's still available, and if so, probably buy it. As I mentioned in the original post, it's not like I need it. I have more than enough guns. All in the "So called" higher quality/grade. e.g. Smith, Sig, Ruger, Walther, Dan Wesson, CZ, etc... But it could be a good trunk gun. If it doesn't work well, I send it in for free warranty work. If I don't like it, I sell it for what I paid, or a little more. And the brass that I shoot will at least be useful to me if I ever want to reload for my makarov. Trim it down, run it through the Mak dies, instant 9mm makarov brass. So, it looks like I'll go see if it's still available. Thanks for all the opinions.
     
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    Well, it was still available, so I got it. After reviewing it over a lot, it seems in pretty good shape. I think it might need a new magazine. It fits fine, but doesn't want to hold the slide open and locked on the last round. If I hold the magazine in further, it seems to do fine. But because of this issue, I was able to get the dealer to drop the price down to $55 for it. At that price, I really can't go wrong. I spend that much money on beer and munchies for college football games each Saturday. Anyway, I'll see about ordering a new magazine. if that works.... Great. If not.... I send it in to Hi-Point. Their no questions asked warranty is part of the reason I even considered this gun. Seems like a No Lose situation. Thanks all.
     
  23. Chargerlord

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    take your 65$ and buy modern warfare 2 youll be a lot happier. Ive shot these things and wasnt impressed, yes its cheap but youll be happier with the video game beleive me. And one of the few guns you cant use in the game you guessd it a 9mm High point if its not good enough for a video game its not good enough for the real world
     
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    Not even close... Call of Duty: World at War.
    /Go big or go home:neener:
     
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    It's entirely possible that this is the silliest thing I've read on a message board.

    And I read 4chan.
     
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