Review: Hi-Point JXP 10mm — An Overgrown Yeet Canon That’s a Lot of Fun!

Hi-Point JXP 10 10mm pistol resting on a hard pistol case, in front of a wood ammo box

Recently, Hi-Point introduced a pistol with new features and several redesigned components. The new JXP 10 is Hi-Point’s first 10mm handgun. The pistol features an extended and threaded barrel, full-length accessory rail, and the ability to mount a red dot sight, according to Hi-Point.

While the company has long produced affordable all-American made firearms, it has not offered a 10mm handgun. However, its 10mm carbine has been well received.

Hi-Point JXP 10 10mm handgun, left profile
The Hi-Point JXP 10mm is built on sound Hi-Point firearms experience.

JXP Features

The Hi-Point JXP 10 pistol and the 1095 carbine each use the same 10-round magazine. If the handgun proves as useful as the carbine — within the limits of handgun performance — Hi-Point will have something.

There are no surprises in the new handgun. The JXP 10 is a blowback-operated 10mm handgun with a polymer frame and alloy slide (not aluminum alloy, but a nonferrous metal slide), a striker-fired single-action trigger, and single-column magazine.

The safety magazine release and take down procedure are the same as any other Hi-Point handgun. The pistol is offered in several versions, including 5.2 and 4.5-inch barrel and threaded barrel options. The threaded barrel follows the .578×28 TPI standard and is issued with a thread protector.

The front sight is compatible with the Glock handgun, allowing shooters to change out the front for tritium inserts if desired. The rear sight is fully adjustable — a nice touch on such an inexpensive handgun. The sights feature a dual, red dot rear sight and yellow outline front. The rear sight may be replaced by a picatinny rail just long enough to mount a red dot sight. I did not pursue this option with my pistol, but it seems worthwhile for exploration.

Hi-Point press releases tell us that various red dot adaptors are planned in the future. So, in fairness, let’s question the ability to accommodate a range of optics until we are certain of availability.

Shooting a Hi-Point JXP 10 10mm handgun at an indoor range
Firing from a solid rest, the Hi-Point JXP exhibited useful accuracy.

As for why a 10mm, we may as well say “Why not?” The 10mm offers a lot of power in a packable package. Many who explore the outdoors are not gunny but realize that it is a very good idea to have effective protection against man and beast. The 10mm fits that description well.

The slide is the usual crinkle-finished Hi-Point type. This slide is massive to counter 10mm recoil and function in a blowback-operated handgun. The finish is well done. The slide features forward and rear cocking serrations. The grip panels have been radically redesigned. The new style grip is not only attractive, the balance of adhesion and abrasion is very good.

An M1913 Picatinny accessory rail is incorporated into the front of the dust cover. The 10mm cartridge demands a healthy amount of mass to overcome pressure and operate properly. As such, the new Hi-Point 10mm weighs a full 49 ounces unloaded. It is a healthy weight! The MSRP is $225. Most dealers will have the pistol on hand at a just below this price. Like all Hi-Point firearms, the 10mm version is covered by a lifetime warranty.

Racking the Hi-Point JXP 10 10mm handgun's slide
It takes some effort to rack this slide!

First Thoughts

I unboxed the pistol and took a hard look at the 10mm Hi-Point JXP, finding it similar to other Hi-Point pistols but larger and heavier. Dry fire is a necessity before a range session with any new handgun. I engaged in dry fire for about 50 repetitions. The trigger breaks at about six pounds but isn’t consistent. It wavers a bit over the course of taking the trigger’s pull weight. This hurts accuracy, but it may be dealt with.

While you may acclimate to the trigger (I don’t think mastering the trigger is the right word). The Hi-Point is supplied with one magazine. The magazine was very difficult to load after the eighth round.

I lightly lubricated the pistol and took it to the firing range with several options including Federal, Hornady, and Buffalo Bore ammunition. Most of the work was done with Sellier & Bellot FMJ ammunition.

Federal HST, Buffalo Bore, and Hornady 10mm ammo boxes
10mm ammunition is powerful and offers a good choice for animal defense.

The 10mm Hi-Point was lubricated prior to firing. I loaded the magazines with FMJ ammunition and began firing at 7 yards. Recoil was no more than usual for a 10mm handgun, perhaps a bit less than most polymer frame handguns.

At 49 ounces, the pistol weighs about twice as much as a Glock 10mm (28 ounces for the Glock M20) and perhaps 10 ounces more than most 1911 10mm handguns. Despite the limitations of a blowback-operation handgun, the pistol’s recoil wasn’t offensive. Most of the momentum came from the slide snapping the wrist as it reached the end of its travel.

Due to the need for a heavy recoil spring, the Hi-Point 10mm isn’t easily racked. It takes plenty of leverage. Most shooters will need to bring it in close to the chest to make ready. This is a detriment in a pistol that must be carried chamber empty due to the design.


The pistol was accurate enough for most chores. At 7 yards all brands of ammunition cut a single ragged hole. Moving to 10 yards results were much the same. The 10mm Hi-Point is useful to 25 yards or so in offhand fire.

Moving to a solid benchrest firing position, I fired several five-round groups. Acclimating to the trigger is a chore and intrinsic accuracy is almost certainly superior to what I was able to demonstrate. A five-shot group of three inches was average, with some larger and few smaller.

Hi-Point JXP 10 10mm pistol in the author's hand
Hi-Point’s grip redesign is a very good upgrade.

Considering an outdoorsman conducted a successful defense against a bear in his cabin a few years ago, while armed with a Hi-Point .45 ACP, the 10mm version has much merit. For Hi-Point fans, the new 10mm has much merit. It isn’t expensive and has proven reliable in firing 140 (mixed) rounds. That is all we may ask.

It’s hard not to want 10mm power. Does the Hi-Point JXP 10mm fill the bill for you? Share you answer and how you would use the Hi-Point’s new Yeet Canon (hunting, self-defense, truck gun etc.) in the comment section.

  • Buffalo Bore all copper 10mm cartridge and an upset bullet showing pedals
  • U-Notch rear sight with red tips
  • yellow blade-type front sight
  • single column magazine in front of a Hi-Point JXP 10 10mm handgun with Inforce weapon light
  • Hi-Point JXP 10 10mm pistol resting on a hard pistol case, in front of a wood ammo box
  • Hi-Point JXP 10 10mm pistol in the author's hand
  • Hi-Point JXP 10 10mm handgun with Crimson Trace red dot sight and hard case
  • Hi-Point JXP 10 10mm handgun, left profile
  • Racking the Hi-Point JXP 10 10mm handgun's slide
  • Shooting a Hi-Point JXP 10 10mm handgun at an indoor range
  • Hi-Point JXP 10 10mm pistol with attached Streamlight TLR-1 HL weapon light
  • Federal HST, Buffalo Bore, and Hornady 10mm ammo boxes

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
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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 (24)

  1. I bought my jxp10 last summer because I needed something more powerful than my 9mm because at night our yard has at least 1 visit a night by black bears and I am frequently walking next door to my brothers house at night. It may be ugly but it shoots when I need it and it doesn’t have a problem handling the +p hard cast lead rounds that I use for bear defense. I am just grateful that I had an inexpensive option for 10mm otherwise I would have had to figure out another caliber to use because I couldn’t afford a 10mm from any other manufacturer. I’d be stuck carrying my 12 gauge or 20 gauge or selling one of my rifles to buy a 10mm.

  2. I have the C9 and just bought a blemished JXP 10 for $159. Haven’t shot the 10 yet, but my 9 has been a great range gun. My home defense is a Smith and Wesson model 64. I grew up with revolvers and that’s what I shoot well and am accurate. I also have a Smith and Wesson SD9 VE that the wife hated, it’s nice too, I bought my Hi-Point 9 used and never fired, I polished up the internal slide and trigger linkage with Emory cloth and trigger is great much better than my Walther P22.
    I bought the JXP 10 because I like the brand and I like to to tinker with them. I won’t touch my Smith’s but Hi-Point needs a little love to be 100% reliable out of the box. I try to stay with CCI or Fiocchi Ammo. I’m definitely a fan of these. I do carry the 9 in my VW with an extra magazine

  3. I’ve used many hi-point carbines. Bought a 10mm a month ago. I was target shooting yesterday and they all tal about 3 to 5 inch groups at 25 yards? I think the handlers need practice. I shot a 1.5 inch groups yesterday at 50 yards. Not sure about the new design pistol but the carbines are kick ass!!

  4. Update, in addition to the maintenance I performed as stated in my earlier comment, I found a fellow on eBay who sells copper wire replacement springs for High Point magazines. The spring is much stronger and helps prevent feeding issues. It will reduce your magazine capacity by one round or so, but it will all but eliminate ftf. The same Spring Works in all calibers of pistols.

  5. Hi-Point has always been known for its affordable firearms, and the new JXP 10 is no exception. For just $199, you get a 10mm handgun with a threaded barrel, full-length accessory rail, and the ability to mount a red dot sight. That’s a pretty good deal.

    Of course, there are some compromises to be made with a gun at this price point. The JXP 10 is made of polymer and alloy, so it’s not as durable as a gun made of steel or aluminum. And the trigger is a bit heavy and mushy.

    But overall, I think the JXP 10 is a pretty good value for the money. If you’re looking for an affordable 10mm handgun, it’s definitely worth considering.

    Scorpius Tactical

  6. I’ve had This pistol for a few months, and have used it on several range trips. I did have to polish the feed ramp to sticking rounds as mentioned in some comments. The feed ramp was extremely rough and I also had purchased a bad batch of 10 mm semi-wad Cutters at a gun shop. The manufacturer agreed the ammunition was bad and give me a refund so it was a double whammy. All this being said, the pistol now runs flawlessly regardless of ammunition, I have even alternated rounds of 10 and 40 in the same magazine to put it through its paces and I haven’t had a single failure since. I have a green laser light combo mounted on the rail and that helps with accuracy because my crummy old eyes can’t really pick up the rear sight very well. This thing is very accurate and man does it handle the hot stuff well. I would absolutely rely on it for large Predator defense or any other purpose.

  7. I bought one in March. I had feeding problems, stovepipe, oof, I called, shipping label sent, I sent it back for repair. I did that a couple times, adjustments were made, several phone calls with Mr. Strassell, the President of Hi-Point. I refused to give up on the gun, they offered a refund and extra. I believe in America. Their efforts, the desire to get it right, I refused to quit on them and their gun.
    In the end, Joe Strassell refused to let it come back to me unless he personally put it through it’s paces. He shot at least 200 rounds through it, made notes and sent it to me. Almost every gun will like certain ammunition. This gun likes full potential, hot ammo. I can live with that. I have different guns, and each one likes certain ammo, so, Buffalo Bore Heavy 180 gr, JHP, Federal HST 200gr JHP, Federal Train and Protect 180 gr VHP.. I LOVE THE BuffBore 180 Heavy JHP. I just ordered Freedom 10mm 180gr RNFP to see how it works.
    In the end, I’ve gained a friend and a solid relationship with Joe Strassell. Conversations that included politics, Johnny Quest and my father that was in hospice and since passed away. Your not just buying a gun. Your buying a chance to be part of an extended family that works together as a family, to provide what they say they’ve sold you. This company started in a garage, fighting the odds, to become a quiet little part of America. There’s a higher purpose in the middle of it all. Regular men and women that find themselves as part of something bigger. When you get out of work and have dinner with your family, they are doing the same thing. Think of your family, two guys in a garage and America. That’s what I found out with my experience. A problem can lead to success on so many levels. I’m glad they and I stayed the course. HI-POINT JXP 10mm

  8. I bought the new 10mm Hi-Point. Brought it to the range and the bullets wouldn’t load into the chamber. I tried the mag it came with and 2 newly purchased mags. I tried using the flat point range bullets first then the hollow points that I bought for home. Same thing every time. Bullet is stuck in chaimber. Should to the range officer who brought an FMJ bullet which loaded. I never fired the gun. Range officer said you need to return the gun. Hi-Point is closed on Friday’s so I’ll call them on Monday.

  9. @TIMS4GIVEN… haha… if you’re wanting to give as gifts I’ll take one. Really though, people poo-poo Hi-Point and I’m not fan boy of them by any means but they are reliable, simple, affordable.
    You could almost call them the older beige Camry of the firearm world but with even less style… if that’s even possible?
    Buy one just because…

  10. @Russel Argabright… umm… the 10mm isn’t exactly some “new whizbang” cartridge and Hi-Points are ugly but have proven to be reliable. I’m not a fan of he 9mm cartridge, been shot on duty with one with soft armor on, it still hurts but it’s a weak round, but I own and carry in rotation an S&W Shield Plus chambered in 9mm.
    I also carry in rotation a .38spl 6 shot snub. Some concider the .38spl a weak round but I like it and wouldn’t want to be hit by one. My .40S&W is the 10mm short… both are proven rounds by the FBI until they chickened out to accommodate smaller, weaker, less able agents to go back to 9mm. Hi-Points have proven to be reliable… another Hi-Point my brother has is chambered in .40… and it’s the carbine… I’ve tried to blow that thing up but it has kept going. Hi-Points are like the old joke… of mopeds and ugly or chunky chicks… you never let your friends see you with one. 🤣 but in reality they make a decent, afforable firearm and if I was in the market for an inexpensive 10Auto I wouldn’t hesitate to get one from them. People b**** about Hi-Point being unreliable but I haven’t found that to be true and if there IS an issue they WILL make it right. They’re a good company.

  11. I have a Hi Point 9mm compact, a 45acp and a 9mm carbine, none of them have failed me yet. I would not think of getting a10mm from any manufacturer, why get a firearm chambered in a new caliber that hasn’t been proven to be better than the trusted ones. I carry a 1970’s model S&W 38 special chief special and would trust it to fire every time I need it.

  12. I have to agree with Sgt. Davis. A $250 nightstand friend that goes “bang” every time is a worthy addition to the home of all the budget minded folks out there. At that price, I can give them as gifts.

  13. A couple of things: I love the 10mm. I have a Glock G40 and it is truly a light-weight handful of 15 round firepower. I don’t like Hi-point because I have one in .40 and it has malfunctioned several times. In fairness, others have touted their Hi-Point as the most reliable pistol ever.

    I would like folks to pay attention to the term “blowback.” This is a true blowback operated pistol. The barrel is mounted solidly to the frame; it does not move. The momentum of the discharge of the cartridge is overcome solely by the weight of the slide and the resistance of the recoil spring. There is no locking of the barrel to the slide (or camming surface to the frame.)

    I also wondered why it is so necessary to carry with no round in the chamber. I’m all about safety, but this is a new one for me. BTW I carry that way but I’m in a low-crime area.

    I have to remark to folks who think a 1911 is not as easy to strip as a Glock. That is not true. It’s a snap if you practice a little. Stay safe.

  14. Back in 2006 I had purchased two high point 9mms. One for my wife and one for myself. Both would miss fire after three or four rounds. ( yes they where both cleaned and lubed ) Personally, I have not and will not ever purchase another high point firearm in my life time.

  15. One of my brothers has a Hi-Point chambered in .45ACP… low capacity, like 7 rounds maybe… weighs a metric s*** ton compared to my loaded 14 round S&W SDVE chambered in .40… but it goes bang every time. Field stripping is annoying but it’s accurate, it doubles as a bludgeoning device once empty… and did I mention it goes bang every time? He doesn’t carry it. He carries a Taurus G2c but the Hi-Point rides in his car. Not sure I’d pick up the new 10mm as I “technically” have a 10mm (10-short) but it looks interesting and kinda hard to beat for the price and warranty. Be nice to see how well the Zamak slide holds up long term to the abuse the 10mm recoil dishes out.

  16. @Mark… no, they aren’t pretty but there’s only so much you can do with a blowback design using a Zamac slide and firing a high pressure cartridge. That huge slide is needed to keep the breech closed. Certain not something 99% of the population is going to EDC.

  17. Why would you want to carry without a round chambered? The gun has an external safety. I understand why the company might state to carry without a round chambered because of insurance, but if I were doing a review I would not make that statement.
    With the external safety no trigger safety is needed.

    Last comment, why does one make fun of High Point guns because they are all American

  18. I purchased the 10 mm. The reason why purchase the high point what’s the price to see if I’ve liked shooting at 10 mm, if I did not the loss would be minimal. To my surprise it is reliable and comfortable to shoot. I would say you get more bang for the buck with this pistol.

  19. I have owned and EDC a Glock 20 10mm since I got out of the Army in 1993. (Gen 1 and also the Gen 4) I have a Glock 19, 21, 23, and a 26 (ankle/backup)

    I also have several Pistols by HK, Kimber, Springfield, chambered in .45.

    No – I am not bragging…lol

    My point is that the 10mm serves me well in every purpose – Self Defense, Outdoors (Beast Defense), etc

    I am a big guy, and the Glock 20 is a big frame pistol, so it is not a EDC for everyone- but it works for me and my original purchase in 1994 (Gen 1) is still going strong – NEVER HAD A FAILURE.

    The .45 cal pistols do not offer all of the things the Glock offers – easy -EASY – field stripping/ cleaning (as opposed to Kimbers, 1911s that have a million parts), reliability, tons of upgrades, superior firepower, Conversion kits (.460 Rowland) and you can even
    Put a .45 upper and use the .45 Magazines from a Glock 21 to have a .45 option too.

    This Hi-Point seems ok – but why switch? The Glock has a proven record that won’t be rivaled IMHO

  20. I have a Springfield 10 mm .it is the XP Elite it is built on the same premise of the XJP. The loading and recoil are the variables that appears to be a primary difference. Outside of that the next difference is the restrictions is the ability to safely transport racked. Without a trigger safety you have to carry the XJP empty until you have it in hand.

  21. They are priced right but y so ugly?? I bought a 40 a while back and it felt like it was made of hard plastic. They have a whole different feel than all other handguns y is that. A new design team or what would it take to design something pleasing to the eye?? The one I purchased I only shot it once and traded it in for a Springfield Xd.

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