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Making a Workhorse Gun Even Better: High Tower Armory Bullpup Stocks for Hi-Point Carbines

By Oleg Volk

The story of the Hi-Point carbine mirrors, in many ways, the story of the Uzi submachine gun. Both were designed for simplicity of manufacturing; both use enveloping bolt design for compactness; both are in wide use. Since its introduction in 1995, over three quarter million Hi-Point carbines of all calibers have been made. Although disparaged by many for their perception of a crude look and unorthodox manual of arms, both designs remain in wide use, helped by the good performance for the price.

Designed during the 1994–2004 ban prohibiting telescoping stocks, threaded muzzles and magazines holding over 10 rounds, the Hi-Point carbine fits neatly into the legal limitations of the day. The angled single-stack magazine holding 10 rounds allowed a more comfortable grip than the thicker straight Uzi magazine, though at the obvious limitations in extending capacity once the legal constraint passed. The 16-inch barrel in pistol caliber chamberings doesn’t produce visible muzzle flash even without a flash hider. The increasing popularity of this design despite the wide variety of competitors speaks to the value of the package. The gun is reliable with a wide variety of ammunition, is very accurate and has low felt recoil, in part thanks to the spring-loaded and rubberized buttplate. The central location of the grip produces neutral balance. After the 9mm original, 45ACP, 40SW, 10mm Auto and 380ACP variants followed.

Hi-Point carbines are by no means perfect. For example, fixed iron sights must be removed when field-stripping the gun for cleaning. Fortunately, for continued functioning, it is usually enough to hose the internals with solvent and squirt lubricant around the bolt. The slight discontinuity between the top of the stock and the cheek riser can feel unpleasant on recoil, though the soft rubber overmold (rolled out for the 10mm version) completely fixes that annoyance. In sum, the design is sound and ingenious and a great value at around $300 retail, which is why so many of these quaint looking guns have sold over the past 23 years. Almost all of them...

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V22N6 (June 2018)
and was posted online on April 20, 2018

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