995TS, Failure to feed

Discussion in 'Hi-Point Carbines' started by KLAXON, Apr 16, 2015.

  1. KLAXON

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    A short history: Finding a CA Compliant carbine was time consuming in that multiple "dealers" in Hi-Point's vendor list were invalid and one told me that the 995TS couldn't be purchased in CA. I went to the main dealer in LA area and asked what 9MM carbines he sold, he only pushed the Citadel and I had to ask about the Hi-Point. Their price was much too high, I bought one from Grab-A-Gun for much less.

    Went to the Angeles Forest gun range and fired at a 12" metal plate at 100yards to get an idea of how the factory setting was and found it was slightly high and to the left. I set up Shoot-N-See targets at 25 yards to fine tune and adjusted grouping to center and between 1-1 1/2" high. At 25 yards there is one ragged hole. This is with the factory peep sight.

    The only problem is a somewhat repetitive failure to feed (FTF) on first round only, regardless if magazine was partially or fully loaded.

    All in all, I am very impressed with the 995TS-CA, as there were no double feed jams, no stovepipe jams or stoppage of any sort and I'd highly recommend the carbine to anyone. At the current ammo prices, I feel a 9MM is a smart choice over a .223.

    Now I need to pursue replacement of the defective magazine and to buy a few more.

    Best regards,
    Klaxon
    Life member of NRA & CRPA
     
  2. talon

    talon the banned wagon

    Slap the mag to "set" the rounds prior to inserting the mag into the magwell. Also load the mags fully and let them sit a week or so. (keep them loaded for a few months between range trips to help seat the springs).
     
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  3. planosteve

    planosteve Lifetime Supporter

    That should fix your mag problems, if not search for mag tweak.
     
  4. FlashBang

    FlashBang I Stand With Talon Lifetime Supporter

    What ammo are you using?
    When loading the 995TS the bolt should be closed.

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  5. cicpup

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    On first round? Like when you manually chamber the first round? Yea. It ain't the mag.
     
  6. VinnieD

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    Before looking at hardware look at how you're chambering the first round. Hold the gun level the same way you would as if firing. Pull the bolt all the way back and release, letting it slam home on its own power. Do not ride it back or try to ease it in. This thing was designed to load under the power of the spring. No need to be gentle with it. If that fails manually drop the first round in the chamber, then insert a full mag.

    Common fixes for HP magazine.

    1. Spring: Take off the base plate and make sure the spring is inserted in the right direction. One end should be notably flatter than the other and that's what should be pointing up.

    2. Break in: Spring tension is often a bit high and uneven when the mag is new. Load it full and leave it for a couple of weeks to break in. Though I've had plenty of brand new mags from the factory not need breaking in, and old mags that haven't been used in a while benefit from a break in.

    3. Tweaking feed lips. If the problem is nose rise, tighten the lips. If it's nose dive, open them a bit more. Don't try this until you've tried the previous two fixes though.

    4. Check your feed ramp. Make sure there are no burs or rough spots. Some go as far as to polish the feed ramp, but that shouldn't be necessary unless you specifically have trouble chambering hollow points.
     
  7. KLAXON

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    I did slap mags to set. The problem looks like 'nose up' that keeps the cartridge base low to the point that the the top round is not stripped off and chambered. Never had this problem with S&W 41, Colt & Springfield 1911A1, Grandpa's P08, Dad's P38, PPK/s or S&W 5906.
     
  8. KLAXON

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    Using Winchester 115GR/FMJ in all my 9MM's..P08, P38, S&W 5906..
     
  9. KLAXON

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    Gonna try VinniD's suggestions.

    Thanks to all for your input...
     
  10. cicpup

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    So you're saying a brand new $150 Hi-Point should perform exactly like those examples? No way in hell. Not until it's broken in at least.

    The ones in the pretty white box?

    Well lucky for you Hi-Point will replace whatever you break.
     
  11. what_now

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    Fixed it for you. 995TS CA from grab a gun as he stated
     
  12. cicpup

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    Brain fart. I knew it was a carbine but for some reason when typing that I was thinking C-9. My point still stands though.
     
  13. I had a few failure to feeds on my first time out with my 995 at the range simply because I wasn't fully inserting the mag. Even tho the mag was not fully seated inside the magwell it didn't fall out so I thought it was all good, until the bolt was released forward and hearing the "click" instead of the "pew pew" when squeezing the trigger lol.
     
  14. KLAXON

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    Cicpup ~ Just to clear up any misunderstanding, my post was regarding 995TS carbine's magazine and the ammo used is just 'ball ammo', as I see no need to use hollow-point while punching paper . There was no intention to compare the carbine to my pistols.

    I am very happy with the carbine. However, I'd presume any factory magazine should work with the intended product before it leaves the factory, as I'd also presume Hi-Point manufacturing should meet ISO9000 standards and not have to be tweeked by end user.

    BTW, how does one remove magazine base plate???

    Thanks..
     
  15. KLAXON

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    Thanks for the tip... If you are ever CQing and W0JIB answers, say 'Hello' to Tom. he tried to teach me Morse code and I failed big time. I was WB6FMY for a short time.
     
  16. cicpup

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    Well there's your problem. Can't keep em inexpensive and pay some guy to fiddle fart with the mags all day now can they? All HP mags need to be broken in. Some (mostly C-9 mags) need to be tweaked. So break it in before you break it.

    Ancient Chinese Secret

    or it's the tabs on the sides with a butter knife? I forget which.
     
  17. KLAXON

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    CICPUP,
    Thanks for the tip on base plate removal.

    As far as magazines are concerned, I have a minimum of 2 per pistol, some as many as six and nary a one has needed a tweek.

    Best regards,
     
  18. MDshooter2

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    Had the same issue last month wkth ftf first round only..sent it back as the gun was brand new..turned out to be the mag was shit..
     
  19. ratchowmein

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    I find it hard to believe that HP would find it less expensive to just keep continually replacing their HP 9mm carbine magazines instead of actually modifying and improving the manufacture of the of the magazine to reliably function straight from the factory.
    It might in the short term save them money but it makes them look like douche bag idiots .
     
  20. I am in total agreement with your post.
    I have the 995ts with 4 factory mags & 2 20 round Red Ball mags. I have owned it for over a year.
    After the initial period of becoming a 995 magazine specialist that required oodles & gobs of 995 ts magazine research, magazine lip tweaks, cleaning, sanding & feed ramp polishing I have a fun, smooth running firearm.
    I now love my Hi Point 995ts.
    It is impossible to get good data on the percentage of owners that are plagued with the initial magazine challenge, so I will just say hopefully it is very small.
    That being said, I would do it all over again.
    Factor in the cost for the Hi Point Carbine & the initial time & effort getting the magazines tweaked......it is still one of the best values on the market. Also factor in that the general consensus is that the magazine problem is at a very low percentage & most of these run smooth as butter right out of the box
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