One of the largest news publications in the country this month has a great article on Tom Deeb, Hi Point's front man and longtime chief as well as the company itself and the guns that are sweeping the nation
American Rifleman, the official publication of the National Rifle Association, which dates back to 1923 and has a distribution of almost two million readers, is one of the most popular magazines in the nation. Further, they featured an extensive piece on the subject of our forum here.
This continues to show how scrappy Hi Point of Ohio, a firearms maker that before 1993 did not exist, is moving ever more into the mainstream. In fact, as the article notes, Hi Point is now one of the top 10 U.S. firearm manufacturers, with some two million guns made since its founding and an annual production of over 185,000 carbines and handguns per year.
This is all done with a factory of just 55 employees, all right here in America.
The man behind the company, veteran Tom Deeb, 65, as related by the article, came up with the name for the company from a passing furniture truck from High Point, North Carolina, and designs the guns himself, with good results.
"I make guns that fit me," Deeb told American Rifleman. "They also seem to fit everyone else. Ergonomics are very important. A few years ago, when my vision began to get a little worse, I came up with a ghost-ring sight for the pistols that made a big improvement in my shooting, so I offered it as a free accessory. Interestingly, about 30 to 35 percent of the pistols sold use it."
Moreover, one of the most popular designs by Deeb is the 995-4095-4595 carbines.
The company's production of their carbine line over the past few years has been pretty much set at about ~100 rifles per day every day. In 2010, they produced 35,300 and repeated that the next year. Figures for 2012 (go to page 37) show some 36,300, a very slight jump. Figures for 2013 are not available yet as the ATF keeps them purposely a year behind at the industry's request--but you can bet they likely topped the old one by a large margin.
For the rest of the background click on over to the American Rifleman story, and give it a read. They have lots more good info on the Hi Point story, Deeb, and the whole shebang.
Two million American Riflemen readers cannot be wrong.
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