Well, he asked for my opinion. Ever been there?
I'm trying to talk somebody out of buying what I'd consider not to be an ideal first gun.
An old high school classmate of mine whom I still converse with via email and the like drops me a line he wants to buy his first pistol. He's not tottally gun ignorant, he does have a Marlin 336, but he's not as "devoted" as I am. And that's fine, I'm not as "devoted" as some of you may be (cheifly due to finances! :p).
Anyway he horrifies me with this question about which Hi Point he should get. Anyway, I inform him that although I do not have experience with one, the overall consensus is largely negative. I also informed him that in my arrogant opinion, the specimens I have looked at personally seemed to have obvious workmanship issues.
I did point out that although some people are happy with them, and they are combat accurate, and their customer service has a great reputation, I personally thought that it was just not a good choice for your only pistol. Will it work, yes there is no doubt in my mind that these pistols actually fire, but I explained that the mechanism uses a very heavy spring to snap a very heavy slide forward, and that it was an open breech straight blowback design that IMHO is inherently incapable of repeatedly firing meaningful quantities of ammunition.
He emailed me back and asked me if he didn't plan to shoot it a lot would it be okay, and I responded well yes it probably would be, but if this is going to be your only handgun that's just not a very good idea at all.
So he asks what his other options are, and I told him a few things to look out for in the lower end range and I even offered to sell him that CZ 75B for exactly what I paid for it. I figure that CZ would be a pretty respectable choice for your only handgun after all.
And he has the nerve to come back and tell me he's getting the Hi Point anyway because he can't see spending $225 on something that is worlds better.:arg: That's a fine how do you do.
Anyway I've dropped it. It's his butt and his bucks, and honestly I do see uses for Hi Point firearms. I'm not picking on them, I just don't think if you're only going to have just one handgun that they're not a very good choice. Even people that like Hi Points usually have one better handgun for social work.
Ever tried to talk someone out of a gun mistake like that? Excercise in futility, or worthwhile?