Budget Gun Review: Hi-point 995 TSFG
Budget Gun Review: Hi-point 995 TSFG
Place of origin Ohio, USA
Manufacturer Hi-Point Firearms
Weight (995) 5.75 lb (2.6 kg)
Length: 32.5 in (826 mm)
Barrel length (995) 16.5 in (419 mm)
Cartridge 9x19mm Parabellum
Muzzle velocity 1,279.5 ft/s (390 m/s)
Feed system 10-round (15-round available) detachable box magazine
Sights hooded front, rear apeture(adjustable)
AVERAGE RETAIL PRICE: $190.00 (base model 995) 229.00 (995 TSFG as pictured)
Carbines fill a unique niche within the world of firearms. Strictly speaking, carbine is either a shorter weapon that shoots a rifle round, or a long weapon that shoots a pistol round. They are very much a purpose-built weapon system, and unless you are on a swat team or in some sort of para-military group it can be hard to justify the expense, which can be prohibitive. That is a shame, cause the damn things are fun. Fortunately, those crazy guys in Ohio feel that everybody should have a carbine, just in case of zombie infestation. Thus, the Hi-point 995 was born.
It's a carbine!
The chances of you ever having to clear a house of armed insurgents is pretty rare. However, carbines are purpose built for urban combat. You have the advantage of significantly increased muzzle velocity from the longer barrel, and the added stability of the larger firing platform. Your shots will hit harder, and be more accurate than with a pistol, and you won't have to try to wield a long-arm in confined spaces. Carbines are compromise weapons, but in their specific role, they are unbeatable.
It could happen...
I took one of these to the range and put 300 rounds through it from a standing position. The stock sights had to be adjusted 2 clicks to the right, and that was it. I put ten rounds through a hole the size of a quarter at 15 yards with this weapon. At thirty yards, my group was 4 inches. I am no professional shooter, and that was impressive. This weapon shoots point of aim every time, and the stock peep sights made for very fast target acquisition and sight picture. Absolutely no recoil kept rounds on target even when shooting quickly. Like every Hi-Point I've ever tried, it shoots straight.
Hi-point has what is almost certainly the greatest guarantee in the firearms business. Quite simply, if it breaks, or doesn't shoot right, send it back and get it fixed or replaced. Period. Forever. Even if you bought the gun at a tag sale. They don't care. If it says "Hi-Point" on the gun. they will fix it and return it. The internet is rife with people singing the praises of Hi-Point customer service. Often, the weapon is returned in two weeks with a couple extra magazines for your trouble. The Hi-Point turnaround time for repairs shames S&W, Taurus, and Ruger; all whom I have personally dealt with.
This weapon comes with a ten-round single stack magazine. Carbines are supposed to have enormous ammo capacity! MP5's can have a 50-round stick, M4's come with 30-round magazines, and we won't even mention SKS! What is the point of lugging a six-pound weapon into a combat situation with only a piddling ten rounds? Hi-Point, you dropped the ball on that! Pro-mag makes a 15-round magazine, but reviews are mixed on the overall quality of these.
The reason we do budget gun reviews is because we don't have unlimited funds for firearms. This limits both the quantity and variety of our choices. This is not multi-tasking tool like a pistol is. It will not do double-duty as a home-defense and personal defense weapon. Well, maybe in Vermont, Arizona, New Mexico and Alaska where it isn't specifically illegal to strap a large gun to your back and run to the grocery store, but even in those places you would probably attract more attention than you wanted. Your budget will need room for a dedicated home defense weapon or a toy to justify the expense of this tool. Fortunately, it ain't pricey.
Milk, eggs, bread...uhm...dammit! Should have written it down!
Let's be real my friends, this is a working-man's tool. Fit and finish are not exemplary. Ergonomics are good, but not great. The mag release and safety are hard to reach without shifting your grip, and the charging handle is an enormous bolt that sticks out the side of the thing.
Well...pretty costs extra, folks.
Like all Hi-Point weapons this thing is hideous in its base configuration. Seriously...who designs these things for them? It looks like a child's water gun at first. Just plain, damn, weird. Don't worry, Hi-Point has released the "Target Stock" or "TS" versions. Much better looking, much better handling. ATI also has a replacement stock that looks suspiciously like the Beretta Storm. Coincidence? I think not!
The original *Shudder*
ATI stock: Look familiar?
Let's get tacticool!
The "TS" versions of this weapon have rails all over the damn place. Underlug, bottom of the stock, and a long top rail are all included. You can dress these things up REAL nice if you so choose. Ironically, it would be quite simple to load this thing up with accessories that exceed the cost of the weapon by several orders of magnitude. Lasers, scopes, grips, bayonets, lights, red-dot sights, whatever you want. All are standard weaver-style rails, so if you can dream it, you can do it.
Just for starters...
Let's face it, some people just hate cheap guns. Nothing pisses off a guy who just spent 1200 bucks on a weapon more than getting out-shot by someone who spent a fifth of that. Gun snobs are the bane of our hobby, and they HATE Hi-Point. My local Cabela's has such a man, who will openly scoff at any weapon that does not cost as much a a mortgage payment. (Author's note: It is illegal to harm these individuals. Education is the answer, not beating people with socks filled with quarters. Now you know, and knowing is half the battle! The best way to deal with a gun snob who disparages your weapon is to shoot circles around them. This weapon will do that.
Doesn't shoot any better than the 995. I promise.
I must confess, dear reader: I love this thing. It is not particularly versatile or practical, but it is a joy to shoot, and did not cost much. As a dedicated home-defense weapon, it does a hell of a job, but that is really all it does on the realistic level. If you are on a budget, this should not be your first weapon for personal carry or home defense. You need a pistol for the former and a shotgun for that latter. (Although the 995 could easily substitute for the shotgun if you are recoil-averse) You can read my other reviews for recommendations along those lines. That being said, if you've got an extra 200 bucks laying around, the Hi-Point 995 will put a grin on your chin that would be hard to get rid of.