Hi-Point Firearms is one of the most interesting gun makers in the world! Founded by Thomas Deeb in 1992, Hi-Point was born out of a recognition of a need for affordable guns for the Everyman. Headquartered in Mansfield, Ohio, these American-made weapons are no-nonsense guns for no-nonsense shooters. It follows then, why their catalog is so limited – Deeb wasn’t interested in creating a firearms empire, rather, he wanted to appeal to folks looking for low-cost, durable, and reliable guns.

Even to this day, 25 years later, his guns are as simple as ever; all Hi-Point firearms are semi-automatic and use the simple blowback method of operation. In addition to their simplicity, Hi-Points are also famous for being among the most reliable on the market. In fact, they have one of the lowest return/repair rates in the industry and yet they offer one of the best warranties on the market. To even further their quality-control guarantee, all Hi-Point handguns and carbines are test-fired before they’re shipped to ensure safe and proper performance.

Nevertheless, with their newfound fame came the inevitable infamy. Although not a true testament to the guns themselves, Hi-Points have gotten a bad rap over the years for their common use in gang crimes across the United States. However, I don’t understand why people use this to criticize the small company. That’s like saying you don’t want to drive an Audi because they’re a common getaway car. Seriously?! If anything, it just testifies to their high-quality and availability. The only real criticism I’ve ever heard about these guns is that, well … they aren’t so attractive. But at the end of the day, is a sexy gun really that important – More important than its performance, durability, and price?

On one hand, Hi-Points are regarded as inexpensive guns with few moving parts, low recoil, and considerable reliability. On the other hand, they’re simultaneously roasted for being favored by criminals and for not being the most attractive out there. In a world filled with doubt, I can safely say that as long as there are Hi-Points, there will be lovers and haters of these dependable low-cost firearms.

Now, let’s take a closer look at the Ohio-based company’s past and see how they got to where they are today; this is the Gunivore breakdown of the American Hi-Point Firearms.


Hi-Point semi-automatic pistols are polymer-framed and generally regarded as simple, inexpensive handguns, which trade-off aesthetics for lower manufacturing cost. Based on a simple blowback design, Hi-Point pistols do not have a breech-locking system like most handguns.


The Hi-Point® 9TS Carbine Semi-Auto Rifle keeps things affordable and gets you into a competition-ready pistol caliber carbine chambered in 9mm Luger. This one even features a threaded barrel for use with a suppressor. The Hi-Point features Picatinny rails to attach accessories of your choice. The 995TS has adjustable peep sights and is ready right out of the box. The skelotonized stock is made from durable all-weather molded black polymer. Hi-Point gives you sling swivels, a scope base, a thumb safety, grip-mounted magazine release, and a bolt lock to identify your last round. An internal recoil buffer in the stock helps mitigate felt recoil. Hit the range the 9TS and you’re going to have a good time.