With the Great Gun Grab of 2013, one of the most popular firearms that have skyrocketed in popularity is the Hi Point Carbine. Made a scapegoat of the gun control lobby and listed among the top 20 guns to be banned outright and by name, these short little rifles are now on everyone's 'to own' list.
According to the manufacturer's website, the suggested retail price for the most basic model of carbine, the plain Jane 995TS with no accessories is $285. The most expensive model, the 4095TSFGFL-LAZ in 40S&W that comes standard with the forward grip, flashlight, & factory supplied laser sight is $449. With that as a benchmark, prior to December 2012 these carbines ran about 20% less on dealer shelves, meaning you could often find nicely equipped models in-stock for $250-ish new in the box, with some of the more tricked out versions about $50 more. Used models, especially the classic Planet of the Apes style stocks, could often be had for $150 cash at your local pawnshops.
(Yes, $880 for a Hi-Point carbine on Gunbroker....)
Today, MKS's retail prices are wishful thinking. Current auctions on Gunbroker, Gun Auction, and other online sites are closing out at over $600 with some guns even seeing the $800 mark as anxious bidders reach for the stars to get a Hi-Point carbine of their own. Locally these prices are often even higher as unscrupulous current owners with a carbine to spare are asking over a $1000 for their guns in classified ads. This price point shows that an investment made just a few months ago could return amazingly inflated profits.
This enterprising fellow is trying to get $1100 for his 4595TS in Long Island.
How Hi-Point Makes Carbines
Hi-Point posted on their facebook page on February 20, 2013 that, "the 4095TS is not currently in production. Once the factory pauses production on the 4595TS, they will resume production on the 4095TS. When the shift from 45 to 40 happens we will post it here."
This leads to the conclusion that the Hi-Point factory only produces the carbine in one caliber at a time to conserve tooling etc. The concept is that you can use one set of machinery to produce three different caliber carbines, alternatively doing 9mm, 45, and 40 in turns. This helps keep costs down, but turns into a bottleneck if a larger than normal number of carbines are required.
The Pipeline is Still Open
The good news is, Hi-Point is still doing all they can to produce and ship their products. On February 28th they posted, "Crazy day today. We have been shipping out plenty of 995TS, and 4595TS carbines, and C9 pistols as well. So if you're looking for some Hi-Points, you should find them at your dealers in about a week." Then on March 8th, "Hang in there, we are doing all we can to ramp it up and still make products safe and reliable."
While 2011-12 figures are not available, it is known that Hi-Point's sold some 35,300 of their durable 995, 4095, and 4595 pistol caliber carbines in 2010 . This works out to nearly 100-per day. That tends to support the belief that pallets of these hardy little guns are still being churned out.
With that in mind, if you find a good deal on a 995, 4095, or 4595, pick it up. If not, give it a year or so and wait for the inevitable correction as this crisis abates.
Moreover, if you have a spare one to sell, don't take advantage of your fellow Americans. Sell it for a fair price or just hold on to the thing.
You can't really have too many in our opinion.