1st Hi-Point, a 995ts; impressed
Recently got the 995TS; it's my 1st Hi-point. My previous and current guns are/were; a Colt 1911, Glock 40cal, Beretta 9mm, Ruger 10/22, an Colt M16, Winchester 30-06 and an SKS; so I was a little wary to buy a gun not manufactured by 1 of the big 5. In addition everytime I mentioned to somebody that I was thinking about the 995, they would say something to the effect of 'don't buy a Hi-point, they are junk'. But the more I read in forums like these, the more intrigued I got; then I went to Cabella's to just look at & hold the 995TS & I ended up walking out with it, with a case, a couple boxes of ammo for less than $300!
I'm sure as most new Hi-Point owners can testify; there were no surprises when I pulled it out of the box. No intricate beautifully machined parts to marvel at or Robar or Black Oxide of Iron (aka Fe304) finished parts. But I couldn't put it down or stop thinking about how easy it will be to customize it to my preference or wildest assault rifle fantasies. So today I took it to the range with my son, a friend and about 4 boxes of Luger ammo. My biggest suggestion is to at a minimum have multiple magazines; because just as the shooting gets fun & you start to get it dialed in, you need to reload with the ridiculous 9 round clip. I just purchased (3) 15 round clips from Hipointpro.com. The only issue will be the longer clip will eliminate the convenience of the tactical grip from the prone position and/or when sighting in the sights/laser, so probably will go with a tripod. The gun fired flawlessly for nearly 300 rounds; on the very last clip the bolt jammed in the 1/2 way position with several rounds remaining in the clip. What happened is the breech operating handle came loose and the recessed/pressed in nut (not depicted in the owners diagram) on the other side of the breech came out & jammed between the breech/bolt and the shroud. I was able to clear the gun & was a relatively simple fix when I got home. It was my fault; I should of did a visual check after shooting a few clips to make sure everything was tight, being it was right out of the box. All in all, I'm really impressed with my HP & can't wait to go shooting again with it.