|Founded||February 18, 1992|
|Headquarters||Mansfield, Ohio, United States|
|Thomas E. Deeb, President|
Hi-Point Firearms, also known as Beemiller (distributed by MKS Supply), is a firearms manufacturer based in Mansfield, Ohio. However only the CF.380, C9 9 mm, and the carbines are made in Mansfield. They manufacture low-cost pistols and carbines in several popular calibers.
Reaction to Hi-Points has been mixed to almost completely polarized. Praise focuses on low-cost and reliability with few moving parts, while others criticize their magazines, design and weight.
Construction of products
Hi-Point semi-automatic pistols are polymer-framed and generally regarded as simple, inexpensive handguns, which trade-off aesthetics for lower manufacturing cost. Based on a simple blowback design, Hi-Point pistols do not have a breech-locking system like most handguns. Instead they have large, heavy slides that hold the breech closed through sheer mass. The result is a heavier gun, for its size, that is bulkier and may be less aesthetically appealing than designs employing recoil operation. While making the pistols heavier, this design also makes them mechanically simple and easy to maintain. Hi-Point recommends hosing out the action with a powder solvent like Break Free Powder Blast, Rem Oil or another aerosol solvent, then every 300-400 rounds running a cleaning brush through the barrel.
Most self-loading pistols can be field-stripped without the use of any tools. However, Hi-Point pistols require a punch or a small screwdriver to remove a pin in the receiver, in order to permit slide removal (and thus enable field-stripping).
The slide is die cast from a zinc-family alloy that includes aluminum, magnesium, and copper and is called Zamak-3, rather than machined from forged steel. When asked why die-casting was chosen as a manufacturing technique, a Hi-Point representative responded, "In the area of Ohio where we are located, there are many shops that specialize in die casting for the auto industry. We utilize this resource." Uncommon for this construction, they are rated for +P ammunition in calibers up to .45 ACP. Blowback designs are generally simpler in design and easier and cheaper to manufacture than locked-breech recoil-operated firearms. Though the fixed barrel generally will contribute to improved accuracy, blowback guns often are larger and heavier for a given caliber.
Hi-Point carbines have a generally better overall reputation than the pistol line, although the pistol line has been gaining popularity as of late, and are fairly popular with budget-minded firearms enthusiasts. Some people are wary of Hi-Points because of the use of zinc alloy (Zamak-3) castings in much of their construction. However, parts made from Zamak-3 in Hi-Point guns (the receiver and bolt/slide) are low-stress components that do not require the strength of steel. Higher stress components in Hi-Points, like the barrel, chamber, breech and other small parts, are made of steel.
Hi-Point manufactures weapons in the following calibers:
- .380 ACP - Model CF-380 and 380COMP
- 9 mm Luger - C-9 and C-9 COMP pistols,
- .40 S&W - Model 40SW pistol - manufactured by Iberia Firearms
- .45 ACP - Model 45ACP pistol -manufactured by Haskell Manufacturing
- 9mm-Model 995, .40S&W-model 4095, and the .45 ACP-model 4595 carbine, and the new 380 Carbine
Hi-Point magazines are metal, with plastic bases. They are available in 8-round and 10-round capacity for the 9mm pistol, 9-round capacity for the .45 cal pistol, and 10-round capacity for the .40 cal pistol. The 9mm carbine has a 10-round capacity magazine, and the .40 cal carbine uses the same 10-round capacity magazine as the .40 cal pistol. The .45 cal carbine magazine has a 9-round capacity. The 9mm pistol magazine cannot be used in the 9mm carbine, though the 9mm carbine magazine can be used in the 9mm pistol, however, this is not recommended, as the carbine magazine will have some play in the pistol's magazine well, possibly leading to misfeeds and other stoppages. Larger capacity magazines are available from other manufacturers. Thomas Deeb, president of the company, has stated many times he has no interest in his company producing higher capacity magazines for any of their products.
According to the company's website, as of 2008 all Hi-Point firearms come with a lifetime "no questions asked" warranty. While older manuals have stated that the lifetime warranty is available to the original purchaser only, Hi-Point has since retroactively extended the warranty to include subsequent owners. Under the warranty, Hi-Point firearms are repaired free of charge. All Hi-Point firearms can be sent back to their respective factories and will be repaired and shipped back free of charge.
Hi-Point firearms have a manual thumb safety and an integral drop safety that prevents firing in the event that the firearm is dropped. Until recently, all Hi-Point products except the 995 (9mm) carbine had a last-round lock open and magazine disconnect safety, preventing firing unless a magazine was in the gun. With the replacement of the original 9mm carbine with the new 995 TS model, all pistols and carbines now have these features.
- "Hi-Point Pistols: Basic But Oh So Reliable!". Shooting Times. 2007. Archived from the original on 14 February 2009.