So I think its pretty much undisputed that Hi-Point pistols suck. What IS debatable is how we define “SUCK”. I mean we can all agree they’re cheaply made from low-quality products, they have poor fit-and-finish, they’re bulky and heavy, and their ergonomics and trigger-pull are lousy. That all being said, do they work, and can they hold up to serious use?
Seems that’s an oft contested point. Heck at the NRA convention Mike W. spent a decent amount of time at the Hi-Point booth. First I was just showing Mike what a friggin’ boat-anchor Hi-Point .45 is. But we stuck around just because the company reps were such characters. They openly admitted the guns were goofy and cheap, but what they pressed was they WORKED and WORKED WELL, and all for short-money.
Now if this is true that’s nothing to squawk at, but there are lots of respected voices out there that call that claim utter poppycock. The way of the Multigun tossed down the guantlet
Ok, so if you go to practically any gun forum on the internet, and people start talking about inexpensive or cheap guns, inevitably the Hi-Point fans come crawling out of the woodwork to advocate how the Hi-Point design is just as good as a Glock/SIG/CZ/M&P/other popular semi-auto pistol.
They will, at great length, talk about how the guns are accurate, durable, and just the bee’s knees for any application you’d care to use a handgun for….I will objectively test the Hi-Point C-9 under competitive settings….If, after shooting the Hi-Point at these six matches, I manage to place higher with the Hi-Point, I will compete at a state-level Steel Challenge match with this gun. If provided with Hi-Point branded apparel (hat, shirt, etc.) I will wear it during this match.
However, if the Hi-Point fails to live up to the reputation of its online adherents and I do not place as well as or better with the Hi-Point, or it fails mechanically to the point where I can no longer use it at matches, I reserve the right to bag on Hi-Point guns to my heart’s content from now until the day I die.
(I edited the quote down a good bit for brevity, read the whole post for details) But essentially he wants to take the pepsi-challenge with a hi-point 9mm and see if it can walk the walk it claims.
Now the REALLY cool part. A Hi-Point Distributor picked up said gantlet and is initiating the challenge.
Very VERY interesting, and I can’t WAIT to read the results!
Will I ever buy a Hi-Point? Not likely, but given that my main bag in the 2nd Amendment advocacy is equal rights for all, for there to be a cheap plastic-and-potmetal pistol on the market that can be had for short money AND run reasonably well, well that’s a good step for self defense for all!