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Hi-Point 9mm C-9

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.

About The Author


Jeremy grew up in a small farm town in Ohio He started shooting at 8 yrs old with a lever action Marlin Gold Trigger. He spent four Years USMC and was awarded the company high shot. He also spent five years riding bulls, and worked several years as a security agent for a heavy metal band. Jeremy is also a NRA pistol instructor. You can also find Jeremy on his website at


  1. herrin

    Wow, that is pretty scathing. I don’t own any Hi-Points but I have shot the full size 9mm and .45 as well as the 9mm carbine several times. I don’t love the way they look. I don’t love the way they feel but they shoot well and I have not seen any issues except once some stovepiping due to limp wristing. From what I hear the warranty is awesome too.

    Having said that, how does it compare to other compact frame guns that you have shot?

  2. Savage Chromasign

    It comes down to this, how much of a pistol can you build and sell for ~$160 retail? That’s pretty much where the hi point is at. It’s not meant to be fancy because it can’t be. Maybe they could re-work some of the molds for a better lower, but it IS a blowback pistol. Should it be used for self defense? Probably not. Is it ok for plinking at the range? Pretty much. Is it a cheap way to get someone into a firearm? Yup. It’s not going to win any beauty contests or be praised for its ergonomics, but it is what it is and it works.

    • herrin

      This is pretty much how I feel. Don’t love them, don’t hate them, wouldn’t carry one, but might own one. However, I have the think the 9c is designed for carry, which I don’t think sends a message I agree with.

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