Hi Point 9mm. carbine
When I first came across the Hi Point 9mm. carbine, I was taken by it's appearance. It has a cool-ugly sort of look, in a functional way. Kinda like an AK-47 or SKS, not designed for looks, just for function. The stock is plastic (oh all right, polymer!), and splits down the middle length-wise, being held together with several screws.
The all black Hi Point looks scary enough to drive the gun-banners nuts just with its appearance, which isn't all that bad a thing, considering!
The Hi Point has a number of fairly unique features, particularly for a rifle in this price range. First off, it's chambered in good ol' 9mm. Lots of cheap ammo choices here! It's clip fed, with a 10 round capacity. The clip, or magazine, if you want to be accurate, is inserted through the pistol grip, more like a hand gun. The front sight is a relatively crude post, and the rear sight is a large peep sight, adjustable both for elevation and windage.
Also included with the rifle is a scope rail that bolts directly to the receiver shroud. With my lousy eyesight, I installed a used red dot scope I had on the shelf, as shown in the picture. Also included no charge, you get sling mounts, and a nylon web sling. The even throw in a disassembly tool/wrench!
Field stripping, and even full disassembly, is a piece of cake. Removal of the two through bolts that retain the receiver shroud, and unscrewing the operating handle (bolt bolt?) allows you lift off the receiver shroud and the barrel cover. Remove the bolt clip, and the bolt comes off. Remove a few stock screws and another clip, and it's pretty much down to being a pile of pieces. You can disassemble and reassemble the whole shebang in about fifteen minutes or less!
Looking at the parts, you can see that a lot of thought went in to the design. It's solid, simple, and designed to be produced at a price that anyone can afford. It's even price competitive with a lot of .22's!
When I look at the bolt, my first thought is that it's something agricultural! Boy, is it heavy duty. A big massive crude chunk of steel that should be nearly indestructible! The plastic in the stock is thin and flexible, but it seems to be durable enough to do the job, provided you give it a little bit of care.
Range report: I should mention that the rifle was brand-new, and I had never fired it before. I should also mention that the ammo I was using was decidedly suspect. In fact, it was some bulk 9mm. hollow point re-loads a buddy of mine picked up cheap at a gun show. He also GAVE it to me. I'd call that DEFINITELY suspect ammo as to quality. Out of about fifty rounds, I had perhaps three fail-to-eject's. I blame those on it being a new, and tight, rifle, and low quality ammo. It might even suggest that the Hi Point would work fairly well with low quality ammo!
Although 9mm. is not really considered target ammo by any stretch of the imagination, in the Hi Point the accuracy was very acceptable. Reasonable groups were possible from a bench rest, at least out to fifty yards. At fifty yards, shooting off-hand and semi-rapid fire, I was able to consistently place everything within a seven inch circle. Not bad at all! I suspect that with a little trigger work, I could do better.
Ah yes, the trigger. Short story: It sucks. It was rough, ratchety, and way too heavy, even for plinking. I suspect a little attention to smoothing, polishing, and fiddling, and it could be much improved.
Overall impression: I really liked it! Is it a high precision, close tolerance firearm? Nope, not even close. It is exactly what it was intended to be, a reasonably priced, durable carbine that's fun to shoot, and it's ALL of that, and more.
If you want to do some plinking with something with a little more authority than a .22, it's perfect. If you are looking for something for the kids to shoot when they move up from the .22, you should have a look at one of these.
The Hi Point 9mm. carbine personifies the expression "Bang for the buck". It's American made , and it has a lifetime guarantee. I paid $179.95 for mine, and you can probably do even better than that if you shop around.