New owner -- what accessories for home defense PCC?

Discussion in 'Hi-Point Carbines' started by Nutrend, Jul 23, 2020.

  1. Nutrend

    Nutrend Member

    Hi everyone, I've never owned a gun before but just purchased a Hi-Point 995TS for home defense purposes. I will practice shooting at a range but aside from that I hope to never have to use the gun for home defense.

    Wondering what accessories y'all would recommend to outfit the firearm for optimal home defense? From some quick research I've compiled this list but have no idea which particular brands or specific items are good. Not looking to spend a ton of money but willing to pay more for quality.

    So could you recommend what particular items you would add for home defense?

    1. Forward grip
    2. Light
    3. Red dot sight
    4. Suppressor
    5. 20 round mag

    Thanks, looking forward to learning more on this forum!
  2. cicpup

    cicpup Resident PITA Supporting Member

    A dog
    An alarm
    Exterior lighting
    A shotgun
    A handgun
    Armed neighbors

  3. Nutrend

    Nutrend Member

    Thanks -- I have the first 3. Not sure about the armed neighbors...
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  4. cicpup

    cicpup Resident PITA Supporting Member

    Really gotta work on #s 4 & 5. Bolt on toys aren't going to make you safer. If your power goes out a light could help. But I'm sure you got a flashlight or two lying around and a light on your gun is a giveaway as to where you are. Extra mags are just plain handy to have. They'll aid in you practicing so you don't need optics. Sound Suppressor? It's 9mm. Unless you're in a barrel you won't go deaf. But if you want to pay hundreds for a neat toy, go for it. An angled foregrip is handy if you find it more comfortable. Don't buy that wobbly Hi-Point piece of shit. Skip their shitty bolt on comp too.
  5. Rachgier

    Rachgier Administrator Staff Member

    1. Forward grip SURE
    2. Light OKAY
    3. Red dot sight THAT WORKS
    4. Suppressor SO MUCH FOR LOW COST
    5. 20 round mag NO

    A 20 round, single stack donkey wang hanging out of your carbine is not good for close in work, especially in tight spaces.

    My first recommendation is go shoot it! Go shoot it, break it in, see what ammo it likes, get comfortable with it, THEN start hanging trinkets off it.
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  6. Dragonbreath

    Dragonbreath Member

    The best thing that you can buy is ammunition. And not just to have a stockpile. Practice is the best thing a new shooter can do. Learn how to use what you have before adding more equipment to the equation.
  7. Nutrend

    Nutrend Member

    Thanks. Hearing you loud and clear about how simply strapping more doodads onto a weapon doesn't make me safer. But if I do buy accessories how do I find accessories that are compatible with the weapon other than buying directly from Hi-Point?
  8. cicpup

    cicpup Resident PITA Supporting Member

    Buy what you like. Hi-Point rails are made of plastic and a few minutes with a file will make anything fit.
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  9. Rachgier

    Rachgier Administrator Staff Member

    And to further what cicpup said, the HP rail is technically a weaver, so start with compatible weaver accessories and keep a file handy just in case
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  10. Nutrend

    Nutrend Member

    I just googled how much a supressor costs -- wow, it's way more than the price of the gun itself!

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  11. lklawson

    lklawson Staff Member

    Then add on the $200 mother may I tax stamp.

    ...and 13 month wait.

    Peace favor your sword ( mobile)
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  12. SWAGA

    SWAGA No longer broke... Lifetime Supporter

    Take some instruction if you’ve never owned a gun before.
    Avoid the common pitfalls of new gun ownership.
    Shoot it once and put it away being one of them.
    Get comfortable with it.
    Start close at 7 yards or so.
    Have a look at the sights and bring some tools in case you need to adjust them at the range.
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  13. Visper

    Visper AK = Automatic Killer!?! Supporting Member

    13 months if you are lucky... took mine almost 16 months before I finally got it last summer...

    But yeah, i wouldn't get one specifically for your carbine. Get one of those barrel shrouds from longshot ^^
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    TNTRAILERTRASH Supporting Member

    #1 HP rule don't hand cycle ammo. The firing pin is part of the ejection process and in a worse case go bang out of battery. When ejecting a live round do it over a bed.

    I like the HP forward grip. We have a woman member here fix the wobble with a lock washer. I've never tried it.
    Elcheapo flashlights from Amazon with rechargeable batteries with a strobe function might be a good idea. Many come with a tape switch. So instant on/instant off. Keep the bad guy trying to focus his eyes. I took a night shooting course for hand guns from a cop. Every corner there may be a threat. There might be some good videos on Youtube that cover techniques.

    Red dot. For bedside defense? Holsun, and Sig make some "shake awake" dots. $100-$160. I uderstand the Holsun now can be programmed to go to sleep after 2hrs now. That type of shake awake sight is coming into the cheaper market.

    A "sound forwarder" directs the concussion away from the shooter. You might be able to find one from $25-40 if you have a threaded barrel.

    HP makes a mag holder for the buttstock VS going to a 20rd mag. I have the 20's and they have been dependable. For the 10rd mags stick with factory mags. ProMags suck.

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  15. Chef Duane

    Chef Duane Member

    Heh! I have all of those and I feel fine!!
  16. Rachgier

    Rachgier Administrator Staff Member

    I have 2 alarms. One is monitored by Husky, the other is monitored by AmStaff. Don't care if my neighbors are armed. They all know I am and that my kid is too.
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  17. histed

    histed Supporting Member

    Best advice I've seen anywhere, especially #1. If you're not familiar with it, get a GOOD teacher. Keep your booger hook off the bang switch and don't point it at anything you're not willing to destroy, including your own body parts. Learn muzzle discipline - QUICK!
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  18. What SWAGA said. Absolutely the most important part of gun ownership for home defense is training. Followed by practice, practice, and more practice. And after that, possibly more training.
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  19. SWAGA

    SWAGA No longer broke... Lifetime Supporter

    Even though a gun is nothing but a tool it’s a tool that requires some higher skill level then a hammer does.
    A little bit of legal knowledge is required also. What are the gun laws in my state as far as storage? Storage with minors in the residence (usually different)? When is displaying a firearm appropriate? Is a warning shot legal in your state? It wasn’t in FL for instance. When is the use of lethal force aka shooting justified?
    What are the castle doctrine laws or stand your ground laws in your state?
    If this is for HD then set it up as such.
    Practice for the longest distance in your house. If it’s 10 yards then don’t adjust the sights for 100 yards at the range.
    Skip all the operator YouTube vids with the fazers/tazers/lasers crowd that insist on $2500 AR pistols in 300 BLK for HD.
    Stick with the established crowd like Ayoob who talks more about insight and techniques then just a glorified infomercial about a gun you can’t afford.
  20. CowboyBob

    CowboyBob Member

    Excellent advice in SWAGA's posts.
    The 995 needs nothing but ammo and extra mags.
    I put the holder for mags on the stock and a flash hider. If the barrel is threaded a flash hider looks good but does nothing for 9mm in performance or noise.
    Shot it to make sure it likes the ammo you have. Mine shoots any 115 grain FMJ round nose but it is fussy with JHP and the one it likes best is Remington 115 grain in the green and white box.
    I'll second that Ayoob is one of the best in the field of self defense and firearms advice.
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2020
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