We all know Glocks are better guns than Hi Points, right? Do we know that? While to many the Hi-Point is the butt of many a gun industry joke, mostly based on its ultra-low price and reputation as the gangsta gun of choice, how does it really stack up against one of the most respected brands in the industry?
Garand Thumb put the Hi-Point C9 to the test against the Glock 19 in a head-to-head, bragging rights competition to see if Hi-Point deserves its much-maligned rep against a gun that’s practically the very definition of reliability.
Watch the challenge in the video below. He puts the pistols through five tests to see which one wins. You may be surprised at which pistol won which challenges. And, if you’re an Indiana Jones fan, you’ll appreciate the theme that runs throughout the testing.
Here is his self-admitted very unscientific methodology for comparing these two highly dissimilar guns that, let’s face it, everyone wants to compare because why not? We could all use a good giggle, right? Here is how that each fared on the range.
Glock 19 vs. Hi-Point C9 Challenge
- Bill Drill: 7 yards, 6 shots in two seconds. Winner: Glock, because it was more accurate and the Hi Point’s sights were way off.
- Indiana Jones Drill: Cover both guns with dirt, unearth them archaeologist-style, and try to fire. Winner: Glock for two reasons – it worked flawlessly, and the Hi Point jammed on each of the first three shots, including a double-feed.
- 50-yard shot: You might guess this one without looking. Glock won hands down, mostly because the Hi Point jammed on every attempted shot, most of which failed to fire.
- Water Immersion: Put each gun in a tub of water, pull it out, and then immediately shoot. Winner: (hold your hats!) Hi Point! The Glock experienced one malfunction and the Hi Point none! (So you’re saying I have a chance…)
- Throw at a Rock: Yes, you guessed it – he threw each gun at a boulder, then test fired. Then he threm them each again. Winner: Glock. The Hi Point pretty much quit working at this point, although he did manage one shot after quite a bit of coercion.
“Just because something is big and chunky and thick as hell, doesn’t make it a tank. In fact, everything is so thick due to the poor quality of metal that’s used on the Hi-Point C9. To be clear, guns are going to choke…what you should be looking out for — it’s not jam-specific, but rather parts breakage. The Hi-Point suffered very high parts breakage.”
He goes on to say that the Hi-Point is adequate (barely) if that’s what the budget allows. Ballistically they’re about the same, but the most important thing is whether or not the user has enough practice and training.
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David Workman is an avid gun guy, a contributing writer to several major gun publications, and the author of Absolute Authority. A logophile since way back, Workman is a quickdraw punslinger and NRA RSO and Certified Pistol Instructor. He helps train new shooters on basic handgun skills and CCW requirements and is a strong advocate for training as much as practicable. “Real-world shootouts don’t happen at a box range.”
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