A gunowner's first handgun needs to be something that fits a special list of qualifications. With their functionality, simplicity, durability, and entry level pricing, Hi-Point pistols offer a little something for everyone. With that being said, should a Hi-Point be someone's first handgun?

What to look for in a First handgun

Anyone looking for a handgun needs to address why they want one. If they are just looking for a plinker, in other words a gun that is inexpensive to shoot at the range against paper targets, a pistol chambered for a low power enjoyable round is in order. If they are looking for a hunting pistol, capable of taking medium or large game at distances up to 75-feet away with a realistic possibility of a one-time harvest, then a heavy handgun with a long sight radius is required. Looking for home defense or concealed carry? Then you want an utterly reliable handgun chambered from 380-.45ACP that you can count on when the chips are down.

Why the Hi-Point fits the bill

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Hi-Point pistols, with their blowback action, polymer frames, and striker-fired design are rugged and simple. The Glock 17, long a standard of simplicity, has 33 parts, while the Hi-Point C9 has a similarly low 37. Fewer parts mean less to break. Firing from a fixed barrel, you have inherent accuracy. With few surface controls to master, no hammer to snag or figure out how to cock/decock, and a positive safety, these Beemiller distributed guns have an easy to learn manipulation drill. Google "hi-point torture tests" and you will see how virtually indestructible these guns are. If you do break it, mom will fix it.

Best yet, they sell for $130-180 in new or like new condition. This is a price that can't be touched by almost any other new production firearm.

Caliber and model considerations

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For plinking, the 9mm C9 can be shot for about ten bucks a box while still pulling double duty as a home defense gun. For CCW use, the Model CF-380 and 380COMP handguns fit the bill. For hunting medium game such as wild hogs and coyote, the .40 caliber Model 40 and .45ACP Model 45 can bring down the critters while still being able to meet defense needs.

Now don't get me wrong, the Hi-Points are not for everyone. If you would like to shoot thousands of rounds dirt-cheap but are not concerned about home defense, then you may want to look at a .22LR pistol. If semi-autos are hard for you to chamber and otherwise manipulate, a revolver may be something more your speed. Otherwise, you would be hard pressed to get a cheaper, better first handgun than a Hi-Point.