This morning, /u/Shodokan [-2] made this contribution to /r/guns . I do not know whether he decided we were unworthy to view his image and read his illustrious commentary, or whether he was otherwise motivated to remove it from public view.
However, he thought me worthy of his continued attention  . Now, I think this a topic that merits the entire/r/guns audience, and so I choose to write here, rather than expending a great deal of effort to convince a single reader.
- HI-POINT IS A GOOD COMPANY AND THEY ACHIEVE THEIR INTENDED GOAL. They make the cheapest possible modern firearms, thereby guaranteeing that even the most disadvantaged are able to arm themselves. This means that the impoverished are able to defend themselves even in the absence of the police. Hi-Point’s warranty is exemplary. I even like the simple and direct design of their web site .
- HI-POINT’S GOALS BREED DESIGN COMPROMISES. The cheapest and simplest design for an autoloading firearm is straight blowback. That’s why all the combloc cold war era pistols (Makarovs and CZ-82s) are blowback: it’s cheap and easy to do well. Hi-Point saves more money by simplifying the internals – you have a striker-fired pistol with no firing pin block. But 9mm Makarov is about the most energetic you can make a blowback pistol and have it light enough to carry comfortably – the slides of the Hi-Point 9×19, .40 S&W and .45 ACP pistols must necessarily be uncomfortably heavy.
The weight of the slide and the blowback operation mean that the slide has to crash back like a freight train. You’ve got a large mass carrying a lot of momentum. The polymer frame, on the other hand, is light. This makes for uniquely jumpy and uncomfortable recoil, which in turn means you’ll come back on target more slowly, and your split times will suffer.
Furthermore, a cheap trigger is necessarily not a match trigger. I’ve made the point that practice can account for a heavier, squishier trigger, as in the case with a Glock versus a 1911. But all other things being equal, a nicer trigger does make for better hits (I tend to think that the Glock factory trigger is about the right balance of practice, that the lighter Glock triggers reduce the burden of practice too far). The Hi-Point’s trigger is what it is, but in objective terms, it’s among the worst out there (as might be expected from the cheapest new production guns out there).
- HI-POINT IS THE BARE MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE PISTOL FOR TOTALLY DESTITUTE PEOPLE IN NEED. A used Jiminez is cheaper. A used Jiminez (or Jennings or Bryco or any of the other old Saturday Night Specials)
uses its firing pin as an ejectorEDIT THE HI POINT DOES THAT TOO and very readily fires when you chamber a round, with or without pulling the trigger. The old lady upstairs who lives on $300 of social security and food stamps needs a pistol, and you can’t find a cheap Taurus revolver at the pawn shop? Get her a Hi-Point.
- THE HI-POINT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE IF YOU COULD POTENTIALLY AFFORD ANYTHING ELSE. The Hi-Point’s disadvantages are such that you won’t overcome them with $300 worth of ammo. A guy with a used Glock and 100 rounds of conscious practice will beat his twin with a new Hi-Point and 500 rounds of conscious practice. While the mindset and the training and the practice are by far more important than the equipment, if you have the choice, a Hi-Point is the wrong choice.
The same argument does not apply to a $5000 pistol versus a $500 pistol. You run into diminishing returns well before the $1000 price point, and spending more money becomes a status consideration rather than a practical concern.