Hi-Point Firearms is an American arms manufacturer specializing in semi-automatic handguns in several different calibers, as well as semi-automatic Carbines.
All of Hi-Point Firearms weapons are made in Mansfield, Ohio. They contain no imported components or parts. Hi-Point is known for its affordability and simple reliability, producing guns with fewer moving parts at a significant price advantage. Hi Points guns typically retail for 1/2 to 1/4 the cost of handguns from other popular makers like Ruger, Glock and even Taurus.
The Hi-Point Firearms model JCP, pictured above, is a blowback operated semi-automatic pistol chambered for the common .40 S&W round used by the FBI, it has a polymer frame like all Hi-Point pistols and many other pistols, it has a 4.5inch barrel and a slide composed of ZAMAK-3.
The pistol features an integral accessory rail for mounting lasers, other components and flashlights on Hi-Point rings, the safety is a combination lever for locking the slide and putting the pistol on safety, the immediate drawbacks of this system are that you can't cock the weapon while concurrently having the safety on, the safety locks the trigger and the common misconception is that the safety only locks the slide.
The major criticism of the Hi-Point design is the large size of the pistol, the weight, it's lack concealability and the asthetic appeal, often it's referred to by its critics as a junk gun or a saturday night special but has proven to be a much more reliable firearm than other popular and cheap brands such as Bryco Arms, Jennings Arms, Jimenez Arms.