Shawn Herrin | Feb 9, 2019 | 0
Hi-Point 9mm C-9
Hi-Point 9mm C-9
I’m really only writing this article so that everyone who reads what I write doesn’t think I love everything.
I borrowed this thing from a buddy of mine, and I’m thoroughly disappointed it’s even in my house. I dislike this pistol (I cringe at even calling it that) with a passion.
I’ll say this thing is ugly. Big, blocky slide isn’t even aesthetically pleasing. I hate looking at this thing.
The weight of this abomination is uncomfortably heavy based on its size. It weighs more unloaded and with no magazine than my completely loaded full-size 1911. For a “gun” that’s half plastic, it shouldn’t weigh half of what it does. With the slide and barrel being the only metal parts, it’s incredibly top heavy. Throws the balance completely off.
It has a huge fat slide on it, but where it actually has grips on it, I can’t even fit my fingers on it. Might as well just grab the whole thing. It doesn’t fire without the magazine in place, and I dislike that immensely on any firearm. Better to reload in a situation where time is your life with one in the chamber. At least then you can pop that one round of mid-reload if need be. The slide stop doubles as the safety, which is fine but to get the slide far enough back to lock it in it seems like you’re forcing this thing beyond where the spring is even still collapsing. Plus the design of the ejection port in the slide seems like it was made just to catch spent brass and cause a malfunction.
The grip is molded to what they think the human hand is shaped like — if you’re 10 years old. Where fingers should be it seems like I’m catching the molding in the middle of my fingers. After all that my pinky is hanging off in space somewhere, and I don’t like that. The slide is so close to the top of my hand even with a proper grips it tends to bite me right on the bottom knuckle of my thumb. At best I have 1/16th an inch of clearance.
I realize you can have a product that is inexpensive but not cheap. This thing is both. It is one of the cheapest handguns out there, and it’s just not worth it in my opinion. Guns are like tattoos. The cheaper they are the crappier they more than likely are.
I hate these things and won’t even offer them in my store. I couldn’t in good conscience recommend these to anyone for any reason. I could write more but I just want this thing out of my presence.