There are many things to take into consideration when choosing a firearm for a specific purpose. Power, concealability, range, durability, price, familiarity, and ability to customize are the most common concerns. But, suppose you only cared about two things; durability and price? What kind of gun might we be talking about?
The gun we’re about to discuss is possibly one of the most hated guns in the world of firearms. But when it comes to durability and price it cannot be beat. Literally, you cannot beat this gun. If you haven’t guessed already- we’re talking about the Hi-Point .40 caliber pistol. Underwhelmed? Just wait.
The reason we’re telling you about this, we’ll just say unique, gun is because of the extreme- and we mean extreme- torture testing that this gun can take. One of our favorite firearms channels on YouTube, Demolition Ranch, put this gun through hell- and when they were done it still worked.
But first, some specs.
Barrel length: 4.5″
Overall length: 7.75″
Weight: 35 oz.
Frame: High-impact polymer (very high impact)
Finish: Black powder coat
Capacity: 10-shot mag
Sights: 3-dots, adjustable rear sight
Hi-Point includes all of the following;
3-dot, adjustable sights
Extra rear peep sight
Last round lock open
Magazine disconnect safety
On-off thumb safety
You might have noticed the last item on that list is a lifetime warranty. Now, most lifetime warranties mean that it is guaranteed for the expected life of the item. We’re not sure what Hi-Point Firearms means by “lifetime,” but we’re pretty sure that it will last longer than you- no matter how badly you treat this ugly, ugly gun.
We also said it’s cheap, and at $219.00 USD- we’d say it’s pretty dang cheap.
It comes with a single stack magazine and it doesn’t particularly feel good in the hand. But there are some mixed user reviews out there. It’s also pretty heavy- which, combined with the price and durability, might make it a good first gun for new firearms owners. Some people say it shoots very nicely, and some people say it’s terrible. Many reviewers also say the trigger is heavy, long, and just indescribably unpleasant. Considering the fact that it looks like a badly made Chinese toy gun- it’s fair to say that some folks will just never get beyond the Hi-Point’s severe handicap in the area of aesthetics.
It runs somewhat better than you might expect at first before it’s properly broken in. That means it might actually be a decent shooter after putting a few dozen rounds through it. A lot of people complain about a feeding issue. But if you break it in, and use high-quality ammunition- this may not be a problem at all. Of course, if you’re buying it because you’re on a budget- paying for good ammo is counter-productive.
Now, onto the one overwhelming “high point” of the Hi-Point. You cannot kill this gun. It is super SUPER durable! If you’re looking for something to wade through a swamp with or use after an impromptu demolition derby in a rock quarry- you want a Hi-Point.
On Demolition Ranch, they tied a Hi-Point .40 cal to the back of a pickup truck and dragged it through the dirt, kicking up dust, banging over rocks at high speed- for about five or ten minutes- it seemed. The gun survived, and still ran even with a receiver full of dust and crud. It shot and fed with no problem.
No jams. Really.
Then, they threw it into a mossy pond, left it in for a few minutes- and retrieved it. Then, while standing in the water without even dabbing it down- the gun was loaded and shot. Before the magazine was finished, the shooter dipped it and shot it again. Then he dropped a wad of pond scum into it, and shot it. No jams. Honestly.
Then he ran it over with a truck and shot it. It did not jam. It did not fail. Sold yet? Just wait.
To finalize the demonstration, the guys at Demolition Ranch shot the Hi-Point- no…shot the Hi-point. He shot it in right in the receiver with a 9mm pistol. The damage to the Hi-Point was quite visible with a deformed slide and a bullet dent in the chamber. It took some work to rack the gun, but it still shot. It did not jam.
If you’re looking for a rugged truck gun that’s cheap- well, you’re welcome.
~ American Gun News