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What kind of man buys a Hi-Point?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by DAL, Jan 5, 2003.

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  1. DAL

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    Stealing an idea from another thread, I'd like to know who would buy one of these ergonomic nightmares? They certainly couldn't be gun people. My brother actually bought a .40 Hi-Point--what a piece of poop. It's accurate enough, but it is extremely uncomfortable to fire.
    My brother is definitely NOT a gun guy.
    DAL
     
  2. Gomez

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    Very scared, poor, college students (mostly female with their boyfriends in tow) at the first gun show after the "Baton Rouge Serial Killer" story hit the papers.
     
  3. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

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    If that's all a man/woman can afford, so be it and be grateful that Hi-Points are around for them. I'd rather have a lawfully armed citizen defend him/herself than read about some murder, rape or other crime.

    I suspect that the majority of folks buying those guns aren't gun aficionados. They buy them because they (A) want a gun; (B) don't have much to spend and (C) don't really care about brand or bragging rights. Even a THR'er were to buy one, then it could be from the perspective of "curio" for their collection. I would think that if Liberators of WW II were available at $100, we'd all buy one ourselves. Now, wouldn't it be nice if Hi-Point could be convinced to make those too (say, $50 a piece to us)? Then there could also be an entire line of commeratives like the D-Day models, Marquis models, faux Ivory grip "Patton" models (O.K., no stones please) & of course, the (real) pearl grip nickel plated ($75) New Orleans Pimp model.
     
  4. BLiTzNicK

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    My mom had one given to her, and it has performed flawless. The one thing that I can't stand about it is the cheap metal used throughout the entire gun. There is no way that I or she would carry it with one in the pipe, since the only thing keeping it from firing is a sear of questionable metalurgy (sp?). She actually does keep it in her truck, and I probably would to if someone gave me one, especially since it has never had a failure in more than 500 rounds.
     
  5. 10-Ring

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    My cousin bought one years ago for $39. He keeps it in the tool box in his truck. He has used it more as a hammer than a pistol :what: Calling it POS would be an insult to all POS!
     
  6. SAWBONES

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    C'Mon, they're not the choice of gun aficianados or folks with $$$, but sometimes ANY gun is better than NO gun.

    Just to play devil's advocate here, it bears mentioning that they might fill a niche for folks who can't afford a GOOD gun, but who still NEED a gun for self defense and home protection.
     
  7. RussB

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    Well, a whole lotta people buy 'em. In the year 2000, they sold just under 50,000 of 'em :eek:
     
  8. TreeSquid

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    I know several people without much money who are considering getting hi-points. They know that there are much better guns out there. They know that it's big and ugly and heavy. They also know that they can only spare $50-$75 for a gun, and that hi-points are reliable and reasonably accurate, and far more respectable than anything else in that price range. I, personally, am very glad that hi-point is around to allow these people to have a weapon that is sure to go bang every time and probably hit what they are aiming at, and only forcing them to spend a few bucks on it. It's a hell of a lot more than one can say for a lorcin, raven, davis, or jennings pistol, those even have pot metal BARRELS, so they're destroyed by the time the person has used them enough at the range to be accurate, or even SAFE with their gun. I might buy one so I can bring friends to the range and not have to share a gun.
     
  9. Al Thompson

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    I help with RO and coaching duties at a free CWP course here. We see a sizeable portion of Hi Points in class. They work fine with ball ammo.

    Just because someone dosen't have something short of a grand to spend on gear, gun and ammo doesn't mean they give up the right to self defense.

    I especially remember a single mother who had a Hi Point. She is a lady who availed herself of a suitable means of defense at a budget price.

    Per Mark Morowitz, first rule of a gunfight is to have a gun. Folks with Hi Points have the first rule down pat.
     
  10. hansolo

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    The afforadable Hi-Point line is the AMC Gremlin of the gun world:
    It doesn't pretend to be a Corvette, but it works!:neener:
     
  11. hansolo

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    The High-Point is not only afforadable, it's affordable, too!:cuss:
     
  12. Freightman

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    Brother in law has a 9MM he has had for five years and it has never failed, I have a 9MM carbine it always works and is accurate and I might add that they will warrentee it even if you are the third or more owner, not many of the "high price brands " will do that.
    No I don't carry one, but not a bad deal for under $100 if that is all you can afford.
     
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    Me and a friend took out a used 380 hi point and put 200rds of his hot reloads thru it with no problems.According to the hi point web site they're rated for +P+ ammo,all in all they seem to work well for the money.
     
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    What? TropicalZ hasnt showed yet? Amazing.;)
     
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    ANY gun is better than no gun.
     
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    I have heard ONLY good things about the High Point but do not have one.

    I think I may get one just to have a gun for those who have no gun... :what:

    Do they have .45 or only 9mm?
     
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    They make a .380, 9mm, .40, and .45. I believe that they are all blowback though, so a Hi-Point .45 should be a lot of fun to shoot.
     
  18. Big Al

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    ...This Kind!

    Seriously, I can't say anything about their pistols, good or bad - but I was given a Hi-Point 995 carbine that will shoot 1 hole at 50 yards with a scope, and will break clay pigeons at 100 yards all day long with a cheap BSA red dot scope. Probably 600+ rounds through mine and has never malfunctioned.
     
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    To carry this philosophical plot over from the "old country" and to aquaint some of the new members that were "born" here, I will briefly recap.

    The Hi-Point is the only gun I have ever abandoned!! Mine lies buried somewhere about 4-6 feet under the vast Sonoran desert!!! It never worked from the time I got it home till the time I "disposed" of it Since it was bought on sale, no returns or exchanges were possible. That left burial as the only option!!! I could not in good conscience sell it to some other poor sap. :rolleyes:

    I dearly wish Oleg would ok the :barf: option!!!!!
     
  20. Navy joe

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    Soon as I have a few extra bucks I'm buying a Hi-point .45, and two cases of ammo. I'm going to shoot it all in the space of two days and then write a gun-rag type write-up on it. Maybe SWAT will print it. I expect to find it reliable, un-ergonomic, and affordable. Better than no gun I'm sure.
     
  21. Croyance

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    People without money are the ones living in neighborhoods where they are most likely to need a gun. A lot of honest people live in bad neighborhoods.
    Have you seen the kitchen knives most people have? Garbage, with those stupid mini-serations, like the Ginsu knives. If you have one in your kitchen, then you have no room to complain about the Hi Point.
     
  22. gremlin

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    what sort of guy?

    What sort of guy buys a Hi-Point? A guy who can finally afford more than a baseball bat but can't yet afford a Bersa, CZ, Star, Astra, S&W police trade in, Ruger, etc...
     
  23. Marshall

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    I am gratified by reading the responses to this! It helps maintain my faith of the generous minded, non-looking down their nose people on The High Road Forum!

    I read way too many of the "other kind" posted thru the various forums here. Everyone was a newbie at one time and, not everyone has the money to afford what they may really want.

    I strongly imagine everyone want's people to further the right to bare arms! So, having someone come to this forum feeling proud to own a firearm and reading about what kind of person they are for buying a firearm that may be less than desirable can be either a good thing or, a very bad thing, depending on what we make of it.


    Marshall
     
  24. New_comer

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    Just don't post pics, mmm-kay? :evil:
     
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    A person who needs to defend themself while on a budget. A so-so gun being better than being a victim!
     
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