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Hi All. I am a new HP customer and a new to firearms. I had been reading this forum to decide what brand to buy and decided to get the C9. Since I am new to firearms I am not sure what to expect from my weapon and the following is merely meant as information, not as complaint. Actually, I like my C9.

Went to the range yesterday and had jams on the 2nd round on my first 2 clip loads (I only have 1 clip). That was a little disappointing but since it was only on the second round, I proceeded to only put in 6 rounds after that. Worked like a charm! Put about 125 rounds through.

BTW, the range owner's first question after I was firing for a while was if it jammed. After I told him it did, he said "Yeah, those Hi Points are known for jamming." I just let it go.

My next step is to look up how to clean my new C9.

So any advice/help is welcomed!

Thanks!
 

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Ok first things first:

Clip is on the left, magazine is on the right. You'll catch heck on a lot of forums for confusing the two.



There are a few things that could cause jams:

1) Hi Points are blow back pistols, meaning they rely on the force of the recoil of the slide to eject the old round and load a new one. If the gun isn't held level, the slide can hang slightly on it's ride backwards causing a failure to eject. This prevents a new round for loading or a jam. You have to keep your wrist straight and locked while firing to avoid that so it's commonly called "limp wristing".

2) The magazines have a break in seperate from the gun itself. The springs are very tight after manufacturing so you need to fully load new ones and leave them sitting for atleast two weeks. If the magazine spring isn't broken in, that tightness can cause rounds not to load properly.

3) The magazine's lips (where the bullet loads into the gun) can be bent or out of shape. There are guides on here somewhere of how to fix that.

4) Lastly the feed ramp could have nicks or burs in it, causing the round to catch. That can be fixed by polishing with a dremel, also explained on this board somewhere.

Don't trust the gun snobs. 99% of them have never actually fired a Hi Point and are just trying to justify why their $3000.00 gun is so much better than yours.
 

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With other gun enthusiasts who are willing to expand their horizons and who come up with the same jamming issue, I tell them "Fire it like you're shooting a Thompson"

All the sudden they go "Oh, ok.", and then there are zero FTF's! Firm grip and a firm "pull" on the trigger, and not a squeeze. Squeezing the trigger tends to force your wrist to contract and slightly twist to the interior, causing your grip to be less sure. Keep that shooting wrist firm and straight and you'll be golden once the magazines are broken in!
 
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Good advice, neo, but lets hope he doesnt encounter the Feed ramp issue! (Heres to hoping!)
 
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