Hi-Point Carbine

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Hi-Point carbine
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995 Carbine
Type Carbine
Place of origin Ohio, United States of America
Production history
Designer Tom Deeb
Manufacturer Hi-Point Firearms
Variants 995, 995TS, 4095, 4095TS, 4595,4595TS
Specifications
Weight (995) 5.75 lb (2.6 kg)
(4095) 7 lb (3.2 kg)
Length 32.5 in (830 mm)
Barrel length (995) 16.5 in (420 mm)
(4095) 17.5 in (440 mm)

Cartridge 9x19mm Parabellum, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, .380 ACP
Action Blowback
Muzzle velocity 9x19 NATO, 1,400 feet per second
Feed system 10-round (15-round available, with 20 round magazines being developed) detachable box magazine
Sights hooded front, rear aperture (adjustable)

The Hi-Point carbine is a series of carbines chambered for 9x19mm Parabellum, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP. A .380 ACP variant has also been introduced. They are very inexpensive, constructed using polymers and alloyed metals as much as possible, resulting in a reduction of production costs and sale price. It functions via a simple direct blowback action.

Origin[edit]

Developed during the now-defunct 1994 Federal assault weapons ban, the Hi-Point carbine comes with a ten-round magazine that fits into the pistol grip. With the expiration of the federal assault weapons ban in 2004, aftermarket third-party fifteen- and fourteen-round magazines are now also available in most states. A company called "Redball Sports" in 2015 announced it is developing a twenty-shot magazine for the 995 model carbine.

The proprietary magazines are usable only with Hi-Point firearms. The pistol-style magazines for the 4095 .40 S&W carbine are fully interchangeable with the Hi-Point .40 S&W pistol. No such compatibility was advertised by Hi-Point regarding the original 995 carbine and the 9mm Hi-Point C-9 pistol; owners of both designs have reported that they are not completely interchangeable. The shorter pistol magazine is not long enough to fit the carbine; however, the longer carbine magazine will fit into the pistol.

Development[edit]

The Hi-Point carbine was developed for the civilian market and not specifically aimed at police department use. Nevertheless, it has been approved and purchased by a small number of local police departments that cannot easily afford to outfit all of their officers with more expensive long guns.[1]

In the first quarter of 2009, a new model of the 995 carbine was released, the 995TS, which features a new stock and last round hold open. The TS model is slightly more expensive than the "995 Classic". The 4095 model in .40 S&W [2] and the newest model, the Model 4595 in .45 ACP,[3] are available only in the new TS configuration. As of September 2010, the "995 Classic" or "4095 Classic" are no longer featured on the Hi-Point website.[4]

Options for the Hi-Point carbine are few. The company does make a muzzle brake for them that substantially reduces muzzle flip when shooting, and there are lasers and flashlights that mount easily to the new TS pattern stocks. An independent firm markets a bolt handle that screws on to the existing bolt handle and makes manipulating the bolt more comfortable for the shooter.[5] It is also possible to mount a scope if the shooter wishes to do so.

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Legality[edit]

The Hi Point Carbine has since been designated an assault weapon in the State of Connecticut with the April 4, 2013 signing of Public Act 13-3 [6] It has been similarly designated by the State of New York with the signing of the NY SAFE Act and as of mid-2013, purchase of any of the unaltered carbines has been restricted to law enforcement officers. However, in 2014 a company developed a shield that prevents the shooter from wrapping his hand around the pistol grip, which means that legally the pistol grip is not a pistol grip within the definition of such under the SAFE Act. With the shield fitted, Hi-Point carbines are again legal to own in New York state.

Popularity[edit]

Hi-Point 995 with stock from Advanced Technology, Inc and 15-round magazine.

The carbine has proven popular, and has established a solid reputation as a plinking rifle or knockabout camp or truck gun.[7] Some 28,000 were made and sold in 1998 alone, and it continues to sell well. After the success of the Model 995, the original 9mm version, the Model 4095 was created in the .40 S&W caliber. It shares much of the success of the Model 995. The newest model, the 4595TS, shares the success of its smaller-caliber siblings.

Advanced Technology Inc. (known to shooters simply as ATI) has produced a replacement polymer stock that transforms the Model 995 into a visual clone of the Beretta CX-4 Storm, another 9mm pistol-caliber carbine that is more visually appealing than either the Hi-Point TS or Classic stock styles. This polymer stock supposedly is a "drop in" stock already configured to take the Hi-Point action. Reviews of the ATI stock are mixed, with some users reporting no or minimal difficulty in swapping out the stock, while others say the replacement stock is so poorly inletted that major filing and sanding are necessary to get the Model 995 action to fit; with a few people saying they were unable to achieve a decent fit no matter what they did. Reviews of the replacement stock have appeared in many of the gun magazines, as well as on Amazon.com's website.

Hi-Point has developed a strong following despite the 'ugliness' of their products. A frequently heard epithet refers to the original (now referred to as the "Classic" stock style) Hi-Point configuration as "that Planet of the Apes gun." Their guns consistently score high in evaluations run by Gun Tests Magazine.[8] All Hi-Point firearms include a lifetime "no questions asked" warranty that transfers to anyone who purchases a used Hi-Point firearm.[9]

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