450-pound Bear vs. Hi-Point pistol? Only in Alaska…

By Dave Dolbee published on in Firearms

Ever wonder if a $140 pistol was worth the money? Here’s your answer.

It was in July 2014 when Jim Landess heard loud banging on one side of his home. The 3:30 a.m. pounding shook the two-story Alaska home like a BB in a boxcar. The racket roused Jim’s young son Montana and he went from his ground-level bedroom to the front room to see what was going on. He opened the curtains and looked straight at a big brown bear that started sizing up Montana for a possible early morning snack!

Alaska Brown Bear

Jim, son Montana and pet dog with Hi-Point handgun terminated home invader. Alaskan Game & fish estimated the big bear to be five years old.

Jim and the family dog quickly joined the affair and the combination of yelling, barking, and Jim firing couple of warning shots from his .45 ACP Hi-Point handgun convinced the big bear to leave the property. Then everybody went back to bed, because visiting bears are normal for many Alaskans.

Two hours later, the bear came back and hammered the house again – except that, this time, he was on the porch and posing a real threat of breaking through the door and entering the house. Having a big bear in a bad mood inside your house is not normal, even for Alaskans, and Jim knew that this bear would soon be inside, no doubt about it.

Jim’s heart started pounding like pistons in a Formula One race car as he ran to the upstairs outside deck so he’d be in a protected position to fight the bear. From that outside elevated position, Jim sent seven well-aimed rounds into the center of the bear before he could get into the house.

Jim said the bear went crazy on the porch for a few seconds, then ran about 50 feet from the house and fell over dead as a doornail. While Montana and the dog inspected the dead invader, Jim notified Alaska state troopers and got the information on what he should do and complied. There were no legal problems with this out of season killing, as this was an obvious case of serious self-defense.

Hi Point .40 caliber pistol

Hi-Points are under rated when it comes to recommendations, but a large caliber for about $150 is hard to beat. As is true with any new gun, be sure to run a variety of ammunition through it first.

Jim’s adventure proved that you don’t necessarily need a high-dollar handgun or long arm to defend yourself even from a 450-pound bear — a proven, accurate, tough, reliable, not-so-pretty Hi-Point pistol that cost well under $200 will do the job in the hands of a good shooter with a cool head. Just ask the bear – well, maybe not the bear, but ask Jim and Montana; they are still around to tell this story for many years to come.

This July 2014 true story was related to Charles Brown of MKS Supply, LLC, by Jim Landress in Sterling, Alaska. Jim likes his not-so-pretty but effective Hi-Point pistol a whole bunch. In fact, he purchased the Hi-Point just three weeks prior to carry while fishing – it is bear country! The bottom line is handgun bullets don’t know or care whether they are launched from a tough, reliable, accurate $200 handgun or one that costs $3,000.

Be sure to forward this story to all of your friends who doubt the knock-down power of a Hi-Point pistol and share your thoughts in the comment section.

SLRule

Growing up in Pennsylvania’s game-rich Allegany region, Dave Dolbee was introduced to whitetail hunting at a young age. At age 19 he bought his first bow while serving in the U.S. Navy, and began bowhunting after returning from Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Dave was a sponsored Pro Staff Shooter for several top archery companies during the 1990s and an Olympic hopeful holding up to 16 archery records at one point. During Dave’s writing career, he has written for several smaller publications as well as many major content providers such as Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Outdoor Life, Petersen’s Hunting, Rifle Shooter, Petersen’s Bowhunting, Bowhunter, Game & Fish magazines, Handguns, F.O.P Fraternal Order of Police, Archery Business, SHOT Business, OutdoorRoadmap.com, TheGearExpert.com and others. Dave is currently a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!

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Comments (101)

  • Ray

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    Personally I found a new Hi-Point 9nn to be more reliable than a Glock. But just goes to show that a more expensive gun can also have issues. Also compared a Hi-Point 45acp to several plain military style 1911s. All were reliable and were as accurate as I am. I’m sure a customized 1911 would be more accurate.

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  • Don Cole

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    Own three 9’s and one 45. Can take either of the 9’s and consistently put 8 rounds within 4 inch circle at 30ft or 8 rounds in a 6 inch circle at 50ft. My brother takes the 45 and at exactly 300ft can roll a Folgers coffee can until there’s hardly a can left. What all this means I really don’t have a clue other than my brother shoots better than I do and we both have solid weapons at an inexpensive price with lifetime warranties. What’s prettiest about a gun is that it does what it’s owner expects of it. Any other beauty is superficial.

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  • melvin

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    I own 2 hi points a 380 and 40 they jam for 2 reasons cheap light grain bullets and failure to keep them clean

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    • ss1

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      Melvin, thanks for being honest about these poor quality weapons, even though you own them. Put them on backpage, sell them to some hillbilly or gangsta, and buy a Glock 40 cal so you can be sure it will work every time.

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    • Gill

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      The reason they jam is the finger like lips on the mag are sensitive. And a little polish to the load ramp helps a lot. I own 2 of them, the C9, and the JHP .45 ACP. . And fired 50 grain no-lead liberty self defence through them with no hint of a problem. Both can take +P ammo.

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  • Dave

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    Thank god you where armed

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  • Secundius

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    It would appear that 10 or so weeks, Our 450-pound DEAD Alakan Brown Bear, has somehow grown ii height to just over 9-feet tall. Yes, your read correctly Over 9-Feet Tall. At least by the current accounts of the 450# Brown Bear’s demise in Sterling, Alaska. Must be something in the Ground Water. Also, there a 17-year old teenage son, that wasn’t there before. This story keeps on getting better and better, with every telling.

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  • Derek

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    I’d like to know what ammo he was using. I think most decent .45 cal handguns firing a decent hollow-point round will give you a good chance of a kill. It would be an even better story if he did it with a 9mm.

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    • Secundius

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      @ Derek.

      I’m sure the Alaskan State Police are asking themselves the same questions. My question is. Wheres the handgun and the dead bear , now. Do the state police have them both, is the bear in a butcher shop somewhere. And is the gun on the bottom of a deep lake or river, somewhere.

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    • montana landess

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      well youre wondering we still have the gun and the bear was sent to a taxidermist for auction and the bullets were blazer full metal jackets

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    • Magilla

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      I find it interesting, that if your so proud of the kill. Why are you hiding behind you young sons name?

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  • Joseph

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    the great comments from all you all as long as it gets the job done I don’t care who’s a broom handle hi point might not be the most gun world best gun but it gets the job done and how many companies got a lifetime warranty

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