Some companies people seem to love to hate. In computer software, many people hate Microsoft. In restaurants, McDonald’s takes a beating in public opinions. In firearms, the company people seem to love to hate is Hi-Point.
Some people seem to assume that, because Hi-Point firearms have a reputation of being inexpensive (and they are) that they are not quality weapons or that they should be criticized for other reasons. A writer going by the name of Pete sums it up this way:
Budget firearms manufacturer Hi-Point is one of the biggest punching bags in the industry. Drive-by shooting? Must have been a Hi-Point. Pistol left behind at the scene of a crime? Must have been a Hi-Point. However, time and time again they have demonstrated that affordable guns can be reliable and that good customer service can solve most issues.
But some people like a good value and don’t mind buying based on value instead of name brand which is why the biggest retailer in the world is Wal-Mart. Maybe Hi-Point is seeking to become the Wal-Mart of firearms manufacturers. Pete seems to think that this could be the case because he continues:
Not that I am saying that the FBI should include Hi-Point in their next round of contract gun testing. But the future 1095TS 10mm carbine should draw a fair bit of interest.
Many [people] have remarked that they would buy an affordable 10mm carbine is the opportunity presented itself. Well, time to put your money where your mouth is – for about $350 you will be able to own a pistol caliber carbine in the only monster-dropping caliber that matters.
Now, that’s something to think about: a quality 10mm carbine for $350. Are you likely to see anything fancy on it? No. That’s not Hi-Point’s way of doing things, and the price point wouldn’t justify it. But if Hi-Point can hit that price range for a quality 10mm carbine, then it might be time for people to stop turning up their noses to the brand and to actually take the time to evaluate the weapons.
So, if you’re looking for this type of firearm, keep your eyes open. They’re scheduled to be coming your way soon.