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Buy a Hi-Point

My buddy Ebbs from recently wrote an article for Gun Nuts titled Go ahead, buy a Hi Point. In it, Ebbs poses the question as to whether buying a Hi-Point as a starter gun is a good idea or not.

Hi-Point Handguns

If you’re not familiar with Hi-Point Handguns, here’s the skinny: they are blowback operation handguns that are extremely ugly (I mean seriously, look at that thing…) and extremely cheap. Depending on who you ask and what type of ammo that person uses, they are either 100% reliable or complete crap.

The Case for Hi-Points

Personally, I don’t recommend Hi-Point handguns. If you have one and it’s awesome, I’m happy for you and I’m not trying to pour haterade on your Cheerios, they just aren’t handguns I’m comfortable recommending. My advice to people looking for a first handgun is to save their money and get something else. If you can’t afford a brand new gun, save up for a used one.

But there is one case where I think having a Hi-Point makes a lot of sense, and it’s from a prepper standpoint: gun confiscation.

What’s that? Gun confiscation can’t happen in America? It’s unconstitutional? Tinfoil hat you say?

Perhaps you aren’t familiar with what happened in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, in which case I think you should watch this short documentary made by the NRA.

So yes, gun confiscation has happened in America before, and will likely happen again. History is funny like that. Will it happen to you? I have no idea. I hope not, but what do you do if you’re faced with this situation? If the illegal gun confiscation squad in whatever form comes knocking at your door, you have a couple different options as I see them:

  1. Go Molon Labe. This option sounds great on the internet, but in practice is hard to justify, especially if you have a family. The reason being is that if a gun confiscation squad shows up at your house and you get into a shootout with them, you’re most likely going to end up dead. Not my first choice.
  2. Hand over your Glock, your Smith & Wesson M&P, your AR, etc, etc. Not my first choice either.
  3. Hand them a Hi-Point and a single shot shotgun that cost you around $200 total and say “this is all I have left, I sold everything else.” Like the Swamp Fox, you then live to fight another day.

Is gun confiscation likely to happen? Depends on who you ask – my point isn’t to convince you of how likely of an event it is, but rather to give you a good use case for those Hi-Point handguns everyone seems to love to hate. So yeah Ebbs, go ahead and buy that Hi-Point.

What do you think?


7 Responses to Buy a Hi-Point

  1. Brandon August 29, 2012 at 8:06 am #

    Nice article, scary as hell, but nice article. It makes me sit back and think it really is that easy for the government to come in, take your weapons and threaten you with harm.

    So, all this talk of stock piling weapons to take on the government is hogwash, right? What happened to the “stand yoru ground” in New Orleans?

    I have my CHL. I live in Texas and I own my share of weapons, but the reality is we are defenselesss if the government wants to take our guns.

    You’re right. You can’t fight back. You will lose.

    Man, I am just confused. What they did was illegal and you just have to deal with it. Where is the class action lawsuit against them? Where is the NRA?

    They can’t do that, but yet they did and there is nothing you can do. No one stood together arm-in-arm – everyone kneeled.


    • Brandon August 29, 2012 at 8:37 am #

      My understanding is that there WAS a lawsuit filed by the NRA, and that it was settled.

      In certain situations like the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, I think it makes total sense to feign compliance. There isn’t a one size fits all answer to every situation, but having the option to hand over low value (and arguably low quality) firearms while still retaining the ability to protect yourself and your family is a good thing.

      That’s why I included the Swamp Fox reference – there are certainly times to fight, but then there are also times when NOT to fight. Remember that your most important weapon is your brain.

  2. Warren August 29, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    Good idea, but are the G men going to stand at the door and take my measly two POS guns and buy my story without knowing what ATF records indicate and without searching? I could almost believe that, knowing there are thousands of doors left for them to knock on, but my luck doesn’t run that way.

    • Brandon August 29, 2012 at 8:59 am #

      I hear you – my guess is that they won’t have the time/organization in such an event to have proper records for EVERY house they search, but that is just a guess. My real answer is: if and how you hide/cache your firearms is completely up to you. 🙂

  3. Ebbs August 29, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    Interesting stance on outsmarting the confiscation squad. Thanks for the plug dude, really appreciate your support this week.

  4. sue September 1, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    the way i understand it is if you tell them you sold it, you MUST provide that info as to who bought and it cant be out of state….

    • Brandon September 1, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

      Hi Sue – you don’t to have prove anything. You can lawfully sell a firearm to an unlicensed person (non-FFL holder) of the same state as long as

      [the person selling] does not know or have reasonable cause to believe the person [the buyer] is prohibited from receiving or possessing firearms under Federal law.