Hi-Point C9 9mm Handgun — Utilitarian, Not Useless

Hi-Point C9 handgun with the slide locked to the rear resting on boxes of Hornady, Winchester, and Black Hills 9mm ammunition

When evaluating a firearm, I try to give every example a fair shake. I have favorites. I have developed a firm grasp of the hierarchy of handguns in quality of manufacture and reliability. It is easy enough to recommend the Beretta 92, CZ 75, Glock 19, or SIG P226 as models of reliability.

Practical experience and institutional testing confirm my findings. It is false economy to choose a second or third tier firearm, especially when attending a shooting school, engaging in competition, or envisioning an intense training regimen. The cost of training and ammunition will quickly outpace the outlay for the gun and holster — regardless the choice.

Then again, there are those who don’t need that level of performance and cannot afford a better handgun. We all have a budget that may vary with circumstance at different points in our life. A homeowner, hiker, or concealed carry permit holder on a tight budget needs something he or she can afford. Low cost is a factor in the market.

These shooters may purchase the pistol, fire a magazine or two, and consider it proofed after firing at a target a few yards away. They are not recreational shooters. The handgun is a tool, much like a car jack. We hope we don’t need it, but if we should, we will need it badly.

Hi-Point Firearms

Hi-Point firearms sells many thousands of units each year and has done so for many years. There are thousands in circulation. Yet, they are seldom seen in the used rack at gun shops. Certainly, trade in value is low on this affordable handgun — most retail for less than $200 — but you would think they would be more common. I suppose folks keep them.

For this review, I selected a Hi-Point C9 model in 9mm. This is about a Glock 19-sized pistol but bulkier and heavier. The pistol is striker fired. The slide is a non-ferrous material, and the frame is polymer. The magazine is a single-column type, holding eight rounds of 9mm Luger ammunition.

The design is blowback, which accounts for the need for a heavy slide. The typical locked-breech tilting-barrel action is a type in which the barrel travels to the rear along with the slide until pressure abates as the bullet exits the barrel in the simplest description. A blowback type is used in .22, .32, and .380 ACP pistols.

manual thumb safety on a Hi-Point C9 handgun
Gotta give the Hi-Point C9 credit. The manual safety was positive in operation.

The barrel is fixed, and the slide simply blows back off the barrel once the bullet exits the barrel and pressure abates. It takes a heavier slide to maintain inertia against this pressure. While bulky, the 9mm blowback design allows the use of an inexpensive manufacturing technique. It seems to work.

The owner’s manual tells us never to carry the pistol chamber loaded. I agree with this assessment, and this is a limiting factor in the use and carry of the pistol. Some may disagree, and it is your hide. Perhaps the pistol is safe enough unless it is dropped.

Takedown isn’t the simplest. But then, maybe the pistol isn’t meant to be field stripped. The slide is locked to the rear and a pin driven out. The slide is then pulled rearward and off the frame. Spraying the pistol down with aerosol cleaner only goes so far. Every handgun should be cleaned and lubricated every 300 rounds. If possible, I would keep an extra takedown pin on hand in case it is damaged or lost.

Field stripped Hi-Point C9 9mm pistol
Takedown was fairly simple.

When doing my research on the pistol, I ran across comments, statements, and video that gave me pause. Some were so sad and unprofessional that I was embarrassed for the persons involved. One was so dangerous that I was appalled.

One pundit roundly criticized the safety as difficult to reach. Every friend and family member who tried the Hi-Point safety found the safety to be ergonomic and positive in operation. Big and small hands, all found the safety a good feature. I’ve got to give the pistol its due on that count.

A fluff piece in the popular press credited the pistol with accuracy and reliability properties that it does not possess. Whether it was actually fired or not would be a question worth asking. A rather odd post involved the author trying to make improperly-sized lead bullet loads filled with black powder feed in the Hi-Point. I like a good experiment as much as anyone, but these loads would not have feed in a 1911 9mm either — of that, I am certain.

Stripped Hi-Point C9 9mm handgun
Prior to cleaning, the Hi-Point 9mm had plenty of powder ash. Be careful as the grips hold some of the parts in place.

The average pundit has no chronograph and no trigger-pull gauge and relied on factory figures and his own guess work. That isn’t professional. A Lyman trigger gauge backed up by a RCBS model as well showed the C9 model trigger compression at 5.6 pounds. Almost everyone testing without a gauge guessed at nine pounds. Perhaps, I have a good example. Trigger compression varies by .4 to .6-pound on each press.

A video in which a fellow doing what was meant to be a gunsmithing was particularly horrific (gut-wrenching actually) to those interested in safety, which should be all of us… The fellow begins the video holding the Hi-Point by the muzzle with the pistol pointed at his hand. His knowledge of nomenclature is limited to be charitable.

During the disassembly video, he says Oops!, or something like that and removed a loaded magazine from the pistol. I kid you not. The real wonder is that after the mistake was made, the video was posted.

Such was the information I found on the internet on the Hi-Point. I should have followed my usual basis for procedure and never looked over the internet. I would have been better spending time on the porch reading the National Enquirer.

My initial impression of the Hi-Point led me to the conclusion that the pistol isn’t safe to carry with the chamber loaded. The piece isn’t well balanced but fits the hand well. The safety is ergonomic, and the sights are good for the intended chore.

I lubricated the pistol, and then loaded the magazines with FMJ ammunition for the firing test. I used a variety of 115, 124, and 147-grain loads. The pistol is easy to get hits with at five to seven yards. Bring the pistol on target, press the trigger, and you’ll have a hit. Ride the reset and keep firing.

Hi-Point C9 handgun frame showing powder and debris
The single-action trigger is fairly simple in operation. The pistol was caked in powder ash and debris.

The pistol does not like cheap underpowered loads or steel-cased ammunition. It is at its best with full-power loads. Fiocchi loads are usually a tad hotter than most but then CCI Blazer — both aluminum and brass case — worked well. Winchester 147-grain target loads were fine and demonstrated good accuracy. Note: When the slide is locked back, the firing pin protrudes by design, it isn’t stuck.

Recoil is — more or less — in the Glock 19 category. The pistol is heavier than the Glock, but the heavy slide gives us a jolt at the end of its travel. I fired a magazine of Hornady American Gunner 124-grain +P without a problem.  As mentioned, the Hi-Point seems to run best with stronger loads.

As a final test, I fired the pistol from a solid, braced, benchrest firing position. I used every advantage in solidly locking the pistol down for accuracy testing. The results were more than acceptable for home defense with a 15-yard group of about 2.4 inches. That is better than expected and very decent. At 7 yards, the pistol will put a magazine load into a single rathole.

Accuracy Testing — 15 Yards, 5-Shot Group

Load   Velocity (FPS)Group (inches)
Hornady Critical Defense 115-grain1,0902.4
Hornady American Gunner +P 124-grain1,1402.5
Winchester 147-grain FMJ9032.35

The pistol is minimal but with good ammunition it functions. A half-dozen different loads were tested and all functioned. A minor complaint was that the pistol fired to the left. A fully-adjustable rear sight allowed moving the point of impact to proper relation with the sights. The previous owner had cocked the sight far to the left.

I managed to break a few clay birds at about 15 yards simply plinking with the pistol. It has recreational value. The Hi-Point is worth the money. Do not have the expectation you are spending smart money and getting a Glock. That is a fantasy. You are getting a pistol, when properly handled, will save your life. Don’t use cheap ammo and maintain the piece.

Bob Campbell shooting the Hi-Point C9 9mm pistol at an outdoor range
The Hi-Point C9 handled better than expected.

A lot of folks are as interested in firearms as we were high school fire drills, but they realize they may need a handgun. A SIG you have not mastered, or worse you don’t understand the manual of arms, isn’t going to help you in life or death situation. The Hi-Point is worth considering.


Barrel length: 3.5 inches
Overall length: 6.75 inches
Magazine capacity: 8 rounds, optional 10-round
Weight: 34 ounces

Carrying the Hi-Point C9, and Other Handguns

Recently, I have been evaluating the DeSantis Vanquisher holster. This is a very well made holster — a credible design from one of our most respected makers. The Vanquisher fits several handguns. This is an ambidextrous tuckable IWB (inside the waistband) holster that can be adjusted for both height and cant.

It is built from padded-ballistic nylon and designed to fit nearly all concealable handguns, including a range of offerings from Beretta, Colt, Glock, Heckler & Koch, Kimber, Ruger, SIG Sauer, Smith and Wesson, Springfield Armory, and more.

bullet holes in a paper target
Five shots at 10 yards! The flyer far from the other four is the work of the author and his shortcomings in some regard. Two shots in the same hole happens occasionally and is the work of a guardian angel. I was aiming in the blue, however, and all went better after adjusting the rear sight.

This is not a cheap holster in any description. The holster is available in two sizes — small and large. Ballistic Nylon is a good holster material well suited to the Hi-Point.

Side Note

The original test gun sometimes failed to lock back on the last shot with ammunition featuring lower recoil impulse, but it never failed to feed, chamber, fire, or eject. We added a new-in-the-box Hi-Point C9 9mm to the mix. This pistol always locked back and always performed well. This confirmed our impression of the pistol.

The Hi-Point C9 is certainly not for everyone, but it has its market. Have you fired the Hi-Point C9? What was your experience? Share your review in the comment section.

  • Adjustable rear sight on a Hi-Point C9 handgun
  • Hi-Point C9 handgun with the slide locked to the rear resting on boxes of Hornady, Winchester, and Black Hills 9mm ammunition
  • Bob Campbell shooting the Hi-Point C9 9mm over the hood of a truck
  • Stripped Hi-Point C9 9mm handgun
  • Hi-Point C9 handgun in a DeSantis Vanquisher IWB holster
  • manual thumb safety on a Hi-Point C9 handgun
  • bullet holes in a paper target
  • Hi-Point C9 9mm handgun, left profile
  • Hi-Point C9 pistol with the 8-round magazine removed
  • Ballistic Nylon DeSantis Vanquisher inside-the-waistband and tuckable holster
  • Open box of Hornady American Gunner 9mm ammunition
  • Hi-Point C9 handgun frame showing powder and debris
  • Bob Campbell shooting the Hi-Point C9 9mm handgun at an outdoor range
  • Field stripped Hi-Point C9 9mm pistol
  • Bob Campbell shooting the Hi-Point C9 9mm pistol at an outdoor range

About the Author:

Bob Campbell

Bob Campbell’s primary qualification is a lifelong love of firearms, writing, and scholarship. He holds a degree in Criminal Justice but is an autodidact in matters important to his readers. Campbell considers unarmed skills the first line of defense and the handgun the last resort. (He gets it honest- his uncle Jerry Campbell is in the Boxer’s Hall of Fame.)

Campbell has authored well over 6,000 articles columns and reviews and fourteen books for major publishers including Gun Digest, Skyhorse and Paladin Press. Campbell served as a peace officer and security professional and has made hundreds of arrests and been injured on the job more than once.

He has written curriculum on the university level, served as a lead missionary, and is desperately in love with Joyce. He is training his grandchildren not to be snowflakes. At an age when many are thinking of retirement, Bob is working a 60-hour week and awaits being taken up in a whirlwind many years in the future.

Published in
Black Belt Magazine
Combat Handguns
Rifle Magazine
Gun Digest
Gun World
Tactical World
SWAT Magazine
American Gunsmith
Gun Tests Magazine
Women and Guns
The Journal Voice of American Law Enforcement
Police Magazine
Law Enforcement Technology
The Firearms Instructor
Tactical World
Concealed Carry Magazine
Concealed Carry Handguns

Books published

Holsters for Combat and Concealed Carry
The 1911 Automatic Pistol
The Handgun in Personal Defense
The Illustrated Guide to Handgun Skills
The Hunter and the Hunted
The Gun Digest Book of Personal Defense
The Gun Digest Book of the 1911
The Gun Digest Book of the 1911 second edition
Dealing with the Great Ammunition Shortage
Commando Gunsmithing
The Ultimate Book of Gunfighting
Preppers Guide to Rifles
Preppers Guide to Shotguns
The Accurate Handgun
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Comments (46)

  1. Before i became the john wick gun fancy i am now days i owned many hi points. Although it was a decade ago the design is the same. I found them problematic. Inaccurate and jam o matics. Now on the other hand thier carbine seemed to work for me. Same blow back design. Why i do not know. But if i had a choice to get a budget gun im going taurus g2 or g3

  2. I’ve owned two C9 High Points, and the High Point .45. Never had any issues with any of the three. Yes they are ugly. Yes they are heavy as well as top heavy, like a brick on a stick. Yes they require a small amount of mechanical ability to take apart and reassemble. But also Yes, they work, and yes, you can buy three of them for what you would pay for one Glock. I sold or traded the ones I owned over the years and now have a pretty nice selection of other nicer more expensive, higher capacity, easier to take down handguns. But, the other day I was in our local Pawn (gun) shop and there was an old C9 at the back of the shelf that looked like it’s never been cleaned since it was new, for “a bill.” I think I’m going to buy it and give it a complete and thorough cleaning and keep it.

  3. Hard for me to justify the C9 when Taurus G2’s are vastly better for not much more money. I speak from experience with both.

  4. I bought the c-9 brand new about 10 yrs ago. Shot it one time- put about 10 rounds through it – then back into the safe ever since. The tedious take down for cleaning was my pragmatic excuse for not shooting it more/again. Frankly, I enjoy shooting my Berretas , Colts, milsurp guns more. Better craftsmanship and styling . Why go through life firing an ugly gun if you have the opportunity ( I.e. can afford it) to shoot a fine looking quality made ones instead ?

  5. First pistol I bought and my first carry gun,didn’t have a lot of money to spend 25 years ago with a wife and two young children, still have it and still shoots fine,never any problems feeding or ejecting after thousands of rounds fed through it, sometimes it won’t lock open on the last round but I think that’s more the type of ammo than the firearm,even after buying better and more expensive pistols I picked up a Hi-point in .45 and never any problems with it either, GREAT guns for the price.

  6. Highpoint 9mm was first semi-auto handgun I bought. It never worked well. If you google HP magazines you will see that there are loads of videos on how to fix them. It turns out the tolerances on the magazine feed lips is really specific, and I could never got it right. The gun is relegated to the bottom of my safe, and I have moved on.

  7. I own a Hi-Point 9 mm carbine and a C9 pistol. I absolutely love the carbine, but have been disappointed with the C9. From the first time I brought it to the range it has stove-piped every third or fourth round (using 115-grain rounds). After reading this article, I will try 124-grain to see if I get better results. Thanks for the review of the C9.

  8. i have 3 off them one in 9mm 40mm 45.i also have 9mm carbine and 40 carbine.i bought 9 mm about 6 years and clip keep falling out the spring was strong enough.they was very good on the help and said i could return it they would fix it or they could send spring with instructions on how to change was very simple fix and they where very helpful and gave a call to make sure it was ok.there service department was very furture i will be buying more and letting friends now about there service.same issue back then with my brother 45 and once again they came threw.we are happy shooting family just for tarket pracice

  9. The C9 is my primary defense weapon at home. It stays in the nightstand next to the bed. I’ve owned two C9s now. I trusted the first so much I gave it to one of my daughters for her carry weapon. No, it isn’t pretty. Yes, it’s heavy. But having put a few hundred rounds through them (I used the Winchester 9mm bullets), I can say I’ve never had a jam.

    The Hi-Point .380 is a little more problematic. I tried some cheap Russian aluminum-cased rounds and one got caught while ejecting. I bought Remington brass and it did fine. The magazine is the same width as the 9mm sister, so loading is a bit slower. But once the round is seated, it does fine.

    I also own their 9mm carbine, which was given to me (long story). It performs well with the 10-round magazine, but don’t buy a 15-round online from another manafucturer. They don’t feed worth a damn. Plus, I personally don’t like using it, as I’m left-handed and the rifle ejects right and rear. But for performance, no complaints at all. Overall, a solid brand of firearms that aren’t pretty, but always seem to work.

  10. My C-9 was the first gun I owned. It had a few misfeeds in the first 100 rds of breakin, but I have put over 2000 rounds through it and it never ever misfires or misfeeds. (Execpt when I used Hornady Critical Defense – it didn’t like those at all) Si ireload and now have a rreal good load with sierra FMJ hollow points, adn it is very accurate. Love the gun, The guns snobs can take a hike. It is my home protection gun.

  11. I’ve owned a Hi-Point JCP .40 S&W for over 15 years now. As was stated by the author, it’s bulky, it’s ugly…but it’s never failed to send a round downrange when I squeezed the trigger. It’s not my daily carry pistol but it works well as a backup or truck gun.

  12. I own a Hi-Point 45 carbine and have never had an issue with it. I have fired at least 500-600 rounds through it and it was flawless and accurate. I do hate how complicated it is to disassemble to clean it, but you can’t have it all. I’ve never owned a Hi-Point pistol Glocks and Sigs) but wouldn’t hesitate to purchase one if that’s all I could afford. Like many have stated the best weapon you have is the one you have when you need it!

  13. I am the proud owner of a Hi Point 45 pistol and carbine, and a 380 and a 9mm handguns. they are my house guns, when I pull the trigger they go bang and I can hit my target, what more can I ask for from a firearm? The carbine is great in 45ACP with a red dot sight and laser on it, at the range head shots on the bad guy in the target at 25 yrds. Great guns for the money and felt recoil is minimal.

  14. Have fired Hipoint 9mm in pistol and carbine. Own Hipoint 40sw in pistol and carbine and did own the 45 pistol.
    These pistol are as ugly as a boot, but like a boot they get the job done. Life time warranty is great, but haven’t ever used it. I have one 40sw Hipoint pistol bought from police evidence that was throw out a car and showed scrapes dings and dents. Cleaned and cerakoted and it runs rounds like the store bought.
    Ugly as a boot and like boot it gets you there and can provide a butt kickin.

  15. I’d like to make a point on the Hi Point C9. Now I own a very old Wittes single barrel 12Ga. my father bought 64 years ago. I use it often for hunting and shooting matches. I’m often shooting against people with shotguns that have extended barrels and scopes worth $1000 dollars or more. My father payed only $75.00 for the WITTES. to make this story short, I’ve won numerous matches with that old shot gun against all those expensive ones. I’ve even been asked to quit shooting doe to winning too much. So, you see sometimes it’s not the cost of the gun, or the brand, just sometimes it’s the way you use the gun. Now I will admit it’s not the prettiest gun, but it outshoots my old Amy Colt 1911 by far. and is a lot more reliable. Just My Opinion!

  16. Mike
    Takedown isnt SIG or Beretta simple but little more difficult than a 1911 or Luger as an example.

    Be careful not to let parts fly out.


  17. Bought a c9 as one of my first purchases with handguns when first came of age, I have shot thousands of rounds through mine and have never had a misfire or jam. I’ve shot top tier ammo through it and cheap Russian surplus ammo with the same results, no jams. Firm believer the shooter makes the gun the gun doesn’t make the shooter. It has a bad rep just because of its price point and weight but I’ll keep mine in my B.O.B. and guarantee the it’ll go pop when I need it too. And at the end of the day if I’m out of lead to throw at you I’ll throw the gun at you.

  18. I have owned the Hi Point in 9mm for 10 years now. It is reliable and accurate. I have not had any problems with it. It is a great gun to start a collection with. I would not sell or get rid of mine. It’s better to have one and not need it. To need one and not have it.

  19. I’ve owned a HiPoint 45 for at least 12 years. Gun snob instructor wouldn’t let me use it in the range portion of my concealed carry class, saying it would blow up in my hand. I’ve put a couple thousand rounds through it, from reloads to steel cased Russian ammo as well as premium American stuff. NEVER a misfire, failure to feed or eject, or last round bolt lock back. Reliable, as well as accurate. I’ve put rounds into a 10″ paper target at 40 yards shooting cowboy style, (having only 1 hand that’s what works for me). It was my daily carry gun for 4-5 years before I could afford a Springfield XDM, also in 45ACP. I don’t plan on ever getting rid of it, no matter what else I might own.

  20. I own the 9mm carbine and couldn’t be happier. The one aspect never discussed in most forums is the aftermath of legal self defense shootings. That being that your weapon will be taken. If I lose a Hi-Point carbine, I’m not going to care. If I lose my 1200$ Sig, I’m not going to be happy.

  21. I saw that review and agreed with it. It reminded me of the comparison of the AR15 and AK47. You can abuse the AK, through it in the mud, abuse it in just about any way it “takes a license and keeps up ticket, er, firing.

  22. Response to Mike Maslanka: I found it quite difficult. You not only have to lock slide back, but then push it a little more while you knock out a roll pin to free the slide. When it comes off, it takes this piece at the back they call “the doll’s head” out (and if you’re not real careful), possibly some springs with it. When done cleaning, it is even harder to get the slide into it’s rail, while keeping the doll’s head where it belongs, in the proper orientation and then getting the roll pin back in. A far cry from the slide release, like on Glocks or Caniks and many others, or simple take down pin removal like on my Taurus, Rugers and many others. You can watch a video on You Tube that shows it I gave more details, first comment on this article. John

  23. Not sexy but when i squeeze the trigger it goes BANG !
    I call it my tackle box/glove box gun…open it and throw it in and i don’t worry about it but i know it’s there if i need it.

  24. I bought a C9 due to all the negative AND positive comments plus I’d handled a HiPoint Carbine and actually like it. I replaced the knockout take down pin with one that has screws on it so easier take down. Biggest issue was the Slide lock lever did not lock the slide back without EXTREMME force applied by hand to the slide to push it in place and once locked could not be flipped down with my thumb. So 1. I purchased a lever enhancer (small inexpensive plastic part on Ebay or Amazon) to make the lever more easily reachable/ manageable and 2. I filed a tad bit off the slide in the notch where the slide lock lever is supposed to engage the slide. Both of these fixed any issue that I was having with the pistol, which I bought while on sale.
    It is what it is and works without any issue. May buy a carbine once they outlaw those scary, nasty AR 15’s!

  25. Bob Campbell’s review of the C-9 was appreciated. I own a C-9 and thought it to be a rather dangerous weapon until a friend gunsmith sat me down at the firing range with the pistol. Wrong loads, wrong wrist stability was leading to a high percentage of ejection/feed problems. Corrected these problems and the clunky thing is reliable and worthy of its place. Although keeping it clean is a pain in the butt I still like having it handy.

  26. The HI Point C9 is a fantastic hand gun. Yes it’s hefty, but those who have a lot of experience with hand guns know that a solid frame means less recoil. The lighter the frame the more it bangs your hand.
    I reload my ammunition and after hundreds of rounds I’ve never had a malfunction.
    It is very accurate and I get good grouping at 50′ consistently.
    Finally I bought it thinking my wife would like it. She is someone who is not fond of hand guns. She immediately liked it. It felt balanced in her hand and she felt the recoil was more than reasonable.
    I bought it because I own the HI Point.45ACP and have loved it.
    I recommend HI Point’s entire family of these weapons.

  27. I saw a you tube video a couple of months ago where a man tried on purpose to destroy a c9, he drug it behind his truck, threw it in a pond , packed it with pond scum and shot it with another pistol hitting it on the ejection port. after straighten out the slide by beating it on his truck tire he fired 10 rds thru it and also after each of the other attempts it performed every time. It looks like an end of the world gun to me. I regreted selling mine to my sister in law, and will probably buy another one.

  28. Absolute junk. Pot metal, jamming garbage. Save a case of ammo dollars and you can buy a nice used LEO turn in. Stop perpetuating people get this garbage, they don’t train with them and the piece of crap becomes a liability to an already under trained group of gun owners.

  29. I’ve owned H-Point pistols in .380, 9mm, and .45 ACP, and a Hi-Point carbine. They all worked great in their clunky, low-budget way. All were reliable and reasonably accurate. I gave all three pistols away to people I knew who needed a gun in their homes but couldn’t afford one. I sold the carbine to thin out my guns when I had to move. I didn’t get rid of any of them because I didn’t like or trust them. I spent over 2 years doing private security work in Iraq. When I was getting ready to go, I put over 900 rounds through the .380 at the range in addition to practicing and shooting USPSA with my Glock. Once, when cleaning a Hi-Point I lost a spring. That seems to be common with them. I called the factory and explained I had lost it. They sent a free replacement out the same day. They have an absolute, no questions asked full warranty. I own everything from Berettas and Sigs to Glocks and a Jericho, but I would still trust a Hi-Point if that’s what was within reach.

  30. I have several Hi points in 9MM plus the carbine. I love them although they are high maintenance. You have to have heavier FMJ’s and constant cleaning. I clean after every range day and take a part once a year. Its very heavy, but I can beat you down with it after I run out of rounds..LOL. After 20+ years I recently got the Glock 23 40. This is the first 40 I have. Will provide feed back after a couple of range days. Still love my Hi points.

  31. I have a couple of the c9…one I am conducting a test on…I have not cleaned it other than physically blowing on it..for over 4 yrs, it has not seriously malfunctioned yet (with over 1,200 rnds) other than an occasional stove pipe…maybe the protective layer of drywall dust and saw dust helps. Also, I have not had any issues with brands of ammo, as I have with some of my other more expensive handguns. I have enough faith to carry one almost everyday (gotta change it up sometimes). Great customer service from Hipoint and an affordable reliable product. I will try to give update when the day comes that I am forced to properly clean my test piece. Have a wonderful day.

  32. I purchased several Hi-points over the years. The. 45 never worked well and I eventually sold it thru a FFL. Their 9mm and .380 have been very reliable and accurate. Surprisingly so. My opinion is that if you want an inexpensive firearm, the Hi-point in these two calibers are an accepting choice.

  33. Have had one for many years now. Always shoots true when sights are set. I agree with you, the hotter the round the better it runs. Do love the warrantee. One of the best in business. Really good cheep gun.

  34. You say “Takedown isn’t the simplest”.
    Under the picture it says Takedown was fairly simple.

    Which is it?

  35. Cheap ugly heavy but does go bang every time keep it clean and lubed like every gun and it works fine for the money too heavy for a carry gun I prefer my FN509 but for tha price makes a dependable low cost home defense weapon it’s perfect

  36. I recently purchased this pistol after my Glock 22 was stolen. I usually prefer the .40 s&w to the 9mm, but it was a quick and inexpensive substitute until mine was recovered. My findings were, as you said, bulky and heavy, but so far a very reliable and fairly accurate, defensive sidearm. It’s not my Glock, but I would recommend this Hi-point to anyone on a budget who needs the added security of a self defense sidearm, which lets face it, is everyone these days.

  37. Have owned a C9 for many years among many other guns and to this day still love my c9 was my first gun was all I could afford at the time never regretted it . One thing that was not said is the amazing customer support had an issue with the firing pin called hi-pound they sent me a new pin all new springs and the ghost site which I had lost all for free. It has a life time warranty. I love my hi-point can say 2 many things bad it works for what u need it to do all the gun snobs don’t give it a fair shake.

  38. Richard

    Yep, got to have a car jack, a shovel, a hammer, some needle and thread and a gun—

    And not get too excited about the choice!

    Lots of folks think that way

  39. I Love your analogy that to some gun owners a gun is like a car jack. How TRUE! I have friends like this. I could go on & on but what is the point?

  40. I have had a .45 High Point for many years. It does not look sexy but I found the extra weight was a plus when firing. It does not jump as much and is somewhat smoother. Mine is very accurate too. I liked the price years ago.

  41. I own an example of every handgun mentioned. Each and every one is an excellent choice.
    I do not ;however, own a Hi-Point. People say Glocks are ugly. While there isn’t anything of beauty in one, they have passed all tests for reliability.
    I have a friend who owns a Hi-Point. He claims it is all that he can afford and he loves it. As for me, Hi-Points are the definition of ugly. If I owned one I’d probably use it as a paperweight.
    It’s difficult to argue with people who own them. I have read articles in numerous magazines about their reliability. If I could not afford anything any more expensive, I’d probably have one myself.

  42. The weapon you have beats not having one. When my wife got threatened at our business, I went down and bought a HiPoint .380(at the time, they were in demand and no 9mm to be found. Maybe the .380 was a better choice, since blow back 9mm is pretty snappy.
    This handgun has been fired a couple of 100 times. No failures, cheap ammo and it does what it was built to do.
    I would love to have one of their rifles in 9mm, we just don’t get out to enjoy shooting like we did.
    The HiPoint is made to do a job. It is not meant to supply law enforcement, but will work well as a trunk, business desk drawer or even nightstand drawer gun and can probably stay there for a decade or more and fire just like you left it there yesterday.

  43. My first gun was a Hi-Point C-9. I got it in 2000. My brother owned one, showed it to me when I visited him, thought it was cool and I decided to get the same gun. I shot it many times over the years. But the last few times I shot it, I didn’t shoot very good with it. And it is a PAINn to take apart, clean and put back together. At the beginning of this month, Jan 2023, I got a new 9mm, Canik Mete SFx and sold the Hi-Point to the gun shop for $50. Not much, but I didn’t intend to shoot it anymore, so that was fine. Plus my wife said if I bought the Canik I had to sell my current 9mm, (like that hurt, twist my arm). Interesting, and I hate to admit, but in 22 years, I only ever took it apart to clean twice, while visiting my good friend and big gun enthusiast in NC. The first time, he dropped the roll pin down his heating duct, we were able to get it out. The next time, back in Nov 2022, while we had the slide off, a whole bunch of parts started popping out of the top (above the grip area). We managed to get it all back together and I test fired one round, it worked. But that was when I decided I was done with that gun.

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