Hi-Point Model JCP

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Hi-Point Model JCP .40S&W HipointJCP40SW.jpg
Type Semi-automatic pistol
Place of origin  United States
Production history
Designer Tom Deeb
Manufacturer Hi-Point Firearms
Weight 32 oz (910 g)
Length 7.72 in (196 mm)
Barrel length 4.5 in (110 mm)

Caliber .40 S&W, .45 ACP, 9mm
Action Blowback
Muzzle velocity ~ 984 ft/s (300 m/s)
Feed system 10-round detachable box magazine

blade front, notch rear (adjustable),

optional ghost ring

The Hi-Point Model JCP is a blowback operated semi-automatic pistol chambered for the popular .40 S&W round.


The model JCP has a polymer frame like all Hi-Point pistols, a 4.5 inch barrel, and a slide composed of ZAMAK-3 with steel reinforcements.

It features an integral accessory rail for mounting lasers and flashlights on Hi-Point rings. The safety is a combination lever for locking the slide and blocking the sear movement. The immediate drawback of this system is that the weapon cannot be cocked while the safety is on; the safety locks the trigger/sear, but the common misconception is that it only locks the slide.

Hi-point's handguns use a simple yet reliable "Blowback Design" similar to that used in the Walther PPK and Russian Makarov PM. In blowback weapons the return spring and mass of the slide absorbs the rearward force generated by the propulsion of the bullet. As the slide moves back, an extractor hooks the empty casing and pulls it out of the chamber after which the case is ejected from the weapon. When the slide has completed its rearward travel, the recoil spring moves the slide forward, chambering another round. Many modern handguns use a locked-breech design and therefore do not require the amount of mass that the blowback design requires in order to remain safe to fire, comfortable to shoot, and easy to control during the firing process.

Hi-Point Model JCP


One frequent point of criticism is the substantial size and weight of the weapon. However, at 35 ounces with a 4.5" barrel, the firearm, with its 10+1 capacity, is the same size as the Colt M1911A1 .45ACP with its 35 oz. weight and 7+1 capacity, which many[who?] consider to be concealable,[citation needed] while the 40SW is 0.75 inches shorter in length and only 0.1 inches wider.[1] The larger slide also helps to make blowback operation possible.[2]

Some[who?] have criticized the physical appearance of the gun as unattractive and non-traditional.[citation needed] The design philosophy is similar to that of Glock,[citation needed] favoring a no-frills utilitarian design.

The firing pin in this design also acts as the ejector. It is possible to have a 'out of battery detonation' while hand cycling live ammo through the gun due to this. This means that it is not safe to hand cycle live ammo through the gun and great care should be taken while unloading it.

They are known[by whom?] for being one of the cheapest, most reliable guns made, as well as being very commonly recovered by the police due to their low price and availability.[citation needed]


  • +P rating to handle all factory ammunition
  • Frame: Polymer frame with integral accessory rail.
  • Finish: Powder Coat (Black)
  • Sights: 3-dot, fully adjustable rear sight (windage and elevation adjustable); comes with optional ghost ring sight
  • Quick on & off thumb safety
  • Magazine disconnect safety
  • Last round hold open

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