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Several years ago the local Police Commissioner thought a gun buy back would be a great idea and took a bunch of money out of the PD's operating budget to pay for it. Number wise they got a huge response. Not surprising, most of the "guns" turned in for the $100 gift card, for long guns, were old single shot shotguns covered with dust and rust. The majority of the $150 handguns were break-top .32s and .38s. Probably only three quarters of a dozen of the weapons turned in were actually in working condition. I believe the City paid out over $9,000. On the other hand, a lot of old ladies and widows picked up a gift card. It wasn't held on April 1, but it was a big joke.

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If we don't keep fighting for our rights one day we will be forced to give up our ARs for a gift card, and it won't be an April Fool's joke.
Well they can try and force us. Might be interesting to see how that plays out.
 

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Magazineman is going to get mad at me. He doesn't like click-bait titles! :geek:
Hmmm, I'm thinking I'll have to learn the hard way. Click bait titles are oftentimes my go-to for a ho-hum question or comment.

If we don't keep fighting for our rights one day we will be forced to give up our ARs for a gift card, and it won't be an April Fool's joke.
It would be a shame if the local towns chief cop or county deputy come knockin, I know both personally. Would I give up my guns? Not very likely.

Well they can try and force us. Might be interesting to see how that plays out.
Waco all over again. At least here. Ever seen the T-shirt axiom that says ... to us old people life in prison isn't a great deterrent.
 

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I thought WHAT ? why would anyone then I read on. Good one very believable these days.
 

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Before they stopped several of us (even though it was legal) I'd walk the line at buy-backs purchasing some very nice guns. Now for the last one I took two junk Ravens and an unidentified rust bucket there and got $300 worth of groceries.
 

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I bet it made the haters proud on TV showing off all the evil guns that had been bought. I think folks are wising up to these scams and like many gun owners just buy trash all year so they can scam the city/county back; I like it...a little pay back is always nice and it's even sweeter when it's legal and constructed by the ones the pay back is aimed at.
 

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You know, I've been through something like that, but it wasn't on an April Fools day. I got hired by a company in Indiana, when I had a good job in Miami at a bio-medical engineering company for a bit more money, and a lower cost of living in Indianapolis. I wasn't aware the bad shape they were in. In 5 months they got bought out by a company in Detroit that decided to move everyone to Detroit, if you didn't want to go to Detroit you got fired. I ended up finding a job in Philly. I sort of went from the frying pan into the fire.
It all worked out. A vendor at a previous employer, a company that had asked me if I’d make the same move, was still looking for somebody (my skill-set is difficult to fill). When I called the hiring manager, he asked:

"So would you be willing to make the move?"

Me: uhhh ... well ... it's like this ...

Much better work-life balance after that change.
 

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I have an old Argentine Mauser with a cracked receiver that I have been saving for a buy back. But they never have them around here.
 

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I bet it made the haters proud on TV showing off all the evil guns that had been bought
The best part is that these idiots have no idea that more brand new weapons have been purchased in the last year than ten years worth of buy back lines combined could ever touch. It’s kinda like recycling. Now, let’s talk about the trillions of rounds scarfed up! They are clueless.
 

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I have an old Argentine Mauser with a cracked receiver that I have been saving for a buy back. But they never have them around here.
I bought a Jimenez JA380 for $126 about a decade ago at a gun show. It was actually quite accurate but unreliable. The safety has this cheap metal clinging sound when disengaged. I'm not even sure if I reassembled it correctly back last time I cleaned it. I will probably trade that one in some day when they offer $150 for handguns... then I can boast that I made $24 profit on the lousiest gun ever made. :giggle:
 

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Maybe set up a table right next to them and out bid each of them by 50 bucks?
Might have to pass on a few hipoints but at the end of the day you might come out ahead. Or end up in jail. I dunno.
 

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Maybe set up a table right next to them and out bid each of them by 50 bucks?
Might have to pass on a few hipoints but at the end of the day you might come out ahead. Or end up in jail. I dunno.
I think you seriously underestimate HiPoints. I'm not going to argue they are state of the art because they are far from it. They are just as ugly as a gluck. They need work right out of the box too. But the price point is at a place that allows anyone needing protection a gun that goes bang every time the trigger is pulled, is accurate, is +P certified, and if all else fails can be used as a club.

But I can guarantee that after any mag problems are sorted out (and 98% of all HiPoint problems are mag related) it is one of my most reliable guns out of many of the so-called "better" name brand plastic pistols I have.

I use it for sorting out experimental reloads because it's indestructible. It's NOT a carry gun by any means! But it is a cheap bedside gun or over the front door gun, or in the glove box or tackle box gun that can be counted on as much as any other gun to go bang.

Would it be my first choice in guns...No. I would choose one of them over Jimenez every time however. Plus many others in the same price range. It's only my experienced opinion but HiPoints work, however, they need work out of the box, but for less than $200 there aren't many that can claim the same reliability.

They have two basic function killers --- the mags are total junk! But they are nearly proprietary so ya get what get. There may be new options I don't know, I've moved into more expensive guns because mine plain works every time now. I have the C9 (9mm). But all calibers are are similar in reliability after the mags have been reworked. I still have it loaded in the house in a readily accessible location.

The second function killer is they need plenty of breaking in. They don't work right out of the box, this is mostly the mags fault --- again, that may have changed in the last couple of years. The feedramp has been called the culprit, some say it needs a good polish because it has paint on it. I never had any issues and never polished the feed ramp nor even removed the paint. So, that point is arguable too. The mag and every mag I got for it needs reworked.

With that said -- if the opportunity to flip a HiPoint comes along you might just be surprised if you have the acumen to work on magazines to get them tuned to the pistol. Because they are inexpensive, not worthy of needing to be to careful with them (scratches, scuffs, etc.).

A quick rinse in the sink to clean them up and blow dry, some oil, and it's good for another 800 rounds. There's other things that can be done to smooth the action and reduce the trigger pull (which will never be less than terrible), and re-sculpting the outside of the gun to match your hand works too. That's what I did. But I digress...again
 

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I think you seriously underestimate HiPoints. I'm not going to argue they are state of the art because they are far from it. They are just as ugly as a gluck.
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Shortly after marrying, not much money, I wanted a gun for my wife. Then a Hi-Point cost about $100. So I got two: a .380 for her; a .45ACP for me. Each ran reliably OotB. At the time, my handgun experience was almost entirely from a single revolver*. The Hi-Point trigger pull didn’t seem to be excessive.

My tastes have changed since. But that doesn’t change that a Hi-Point will crush a primer and guide a bullet, long enough to carry out the design goals.
 
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I was gonna post a reply saying I did the same thing, and include a picture of the Mattel M-16 Marauder toy, but then I learned that even the TOY is worth more than $150!

 

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Shortly after marrying, not much money, I wanted a gun for my wife. Then a Hi-Point cost about $100. So I got two: a .380 for her; a .45ACP for me. Each ran reliably OotB.
I dont think most gun guys will slam a High Point if someone has one just for personal protection.
Its the dummies that start comparing them to quality firearms that ruffle the feathers of those that know better!
Add to that, they are amongst the favorites of petty crooks.
 
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