New Project...Vintage Hi-Point


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  • Jun 9, 2009
    I built it. I welded 3 mags together. Only the first 30 rounds are functional. The originals were a single piece of stamped metal. I could have spent a great deal of time smoothing the inside to take all 90 rounds but I really didn't see the need. The type 7, 100 round magazine was a real thing.

    A couple of those could be used as coaxial skids on a Lahti L39...


    Sergeant of the Hide
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    Aug 26, 2020
    Keller, Texas
    I had a Hi-Point 9 mm pistol and yes they're fugly as shit but they go bang every time and the one I had was reasonably accurate. Gave it to my son. I also still have one of their 9mm carbines and it is quite accurate and reliable even with the 15 round after market red ball mags. DO NOT use the shitty 15 round pro-mags.
    I’m not being insulting but this is a great mystery to me. Online high point owners one after another state in unison that theirs work perfectly, yet I can’t count how many times at the range I’ve seen them fail, literally fall apart, or had to help someone unfamiliar with firearms clear a malfunction. As Garand Thumb said the only person who will use the hi point lifetime warranty is your heir after your gun doesn’t fire in the wrong situation. But have fun tinkering, I think we’ve all made something as bad at some point.


    Two Star General
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    Oct 30, 2020
    East Coast
    For 100 years, it has been called pot metal!

    Then again, since 90 percent of the owners are potheads… potmetal makes sense.

    Dude…. Potmetal! Woah 🤯


    Hopefully they didn’t use the nice pots, nice pots are needed for women to make my food.


    Command Sgt. Major
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    Bearcats were steel and brass if I remember correctly. They even made one in 22 mag.
    I think it is anodized aluminum or some kind of potmetal! Looks brass. But was not.

    Did some digging. Indeed aluminum alloy. The first model guns have frames marked PR1 and Alcoa. Trigger guards are a separate part and are aluminum, brass anodizing color.

    They did use a zinc alloy (potmetal) in some early blackhawks then went to an Alcoa aluminum frame.

    The early bearcats are sweet little guns. 16ozs or so loaded!

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    Command Sgt. Major
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    Shame on me for assuming brass. I always just associated color and non magnetic for brass. Terrible considering I had a 1969 model for quite a while. Cool old guns, next one I dig up will be an “alpha” version
    When I got mine, I was totally disappointed it was Ersatz-brass. But it’s grown on me!

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    Gunny Sergeant
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  • Nov 6, 2011
    + one to everything you said. I bought mine because i honestly couldn't afford any thing better, but it always went bang. Really the only thing I didn't like about it was that it pinched my trigger finger between the trigger guard and the trigger every time I shot it

    His philosophy is to bring 2A to the to respect that.

    He was also law friendly to ensure his guns didnt become crime gins by adding some features to ensure they wouldnt be untraceable drop pieces.
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