Hi-Point C-9

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The Model C-9 is the compact version of Hi-Point's 9mm Handgun.

The Model C-9 is the compact version of Hi-Point's 9mm Handgun.

Model C-9
(Also known as C-9 Compact; not to be confused with C-9 Compensated)
It consists of a Polymer frame, and steel moving parts. The MSRP is $140; however it goes for much less at many dealers, and can usually be obtained in used condition for well under $100. Its low price small and compact design prompted many to purchase it as a CCW (Concealed Carry Weapon). However, it is not considered the most reasonable CCW due to its relatively heavy nature when compared to other weapons of similar size. Older models of the C-9 Compact weighed in at 29 oz. Current models have been trimmed to a lighter 25 oz.

Part of the reason behind the weighty nature of Hi-point's handguns is their simple yet reliable "Blowback Design". In blowback weapons the return spring in the weapon absorbs the rearward force generated by the propulsion of the bullet. As the slide moves back, an "ejector" hooks the empty casing and ejects it from the weapon. When the slide has completed its rearward travel, the spring moves the slide forward, chambering another round. Many modern handguns use other mechanics to help absorb some of the energy created, and therefore do not require the amount of mass that the blowback design requires in order to remain comfortable to shoot, and easy to control during the firing process.

One of the major criticisms heard regarding the C-9, and C-9 Compensated, and other Hi-Point Handguns is its weight, although the weight of newer models has been trimmed to 25 oz. by a polymer frame (previous models weighed 29 oz.) It is still considered heavy for its size.

A second complaint regarding the C-9 is that it's no-frills utilitarian design does not offer the same aesthetic properties of other modern handguns. It consists of a simple flat black, steel and polymer design. While many appreciate its simple and "Business Only" look, many others find the design too simple and "Ugly".

It should be noted that the look of a weapon does not change its capability and deadliness. Many experienced shooters frown on this novice notion of a gun's "beauty" either increasing or detracting its utility.

Hi-Point C-9 Variants (1)

Hi-Point C-9 Comp.Hi-Point C-9 Comp.

The C-9 Comp is the larger version of Hi-Points 9mm handgun, one major difference from the C-9 or C-9 Compact, is that it is "Compensated", meaning it has a specially designed "compensator" attached to the end of the barrel.

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Hi-Point C-9 Reviews (1)

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9 years 15 weeks ago, 8:35 AM


coldfront's picture

Lieutenant General
Join Date:
Nov 2008
shoot off

I recently purchased a hi point c9. Despite what others have written about it, they obviously never shot one, it is a great gun. It doesnt have to be pretty, if that's what hi point wanted to do, they would have a fagged out pink one like other companies. The no questions asked lifetime warranty is worth the money in itself. I did have to load the clips and let them sit for 2 weeks to loosen up the springs a little, but no more jams... Anyway, my neighbor, the "more money the better" believer and i had a target practice at 20 yards. I used my c9 and he used his sig, both shooting winchester 9mm target ammo. Groupings were consistent for both pistols, in fact, I was on the bullseye more often. Just like I use to say while playing paintball proffesionally, it doesnt matter how much the gun cost, it's the shooter.

Confucious say: Go to bed itchy asshole, wake up stinky pinky
9 years 15 weeks ago, 10:21 AM


Reaper308's picture

Secretary of Defense
Join Date:
Jun 2008
Airstrip One, Oceania

your statemant reguarding "its not the gun, its the shooter" is VERY true. However I have shot the Hi Point, which based my opinion on it. I would put almost any amount of money on the fact that I could shoot tighter groups with my Sig, than I could with a Hi Point, and that the Sig would have no misfires/jams after thousands of rounds (don't know that I could vouch for the Hi Point on that one) but hey, If you can shoot it good, at like the feel, then by all means, it is the right gun for you!

"Proelium Comminus Auctoritate" "Sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel is a muzzle flash."

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Direct Blowback
9 x 19 mm Luger

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