Hi-Point Model JCP 40 SW semiautomatic pistol
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  • You will find a lot of people who advocate spreading the feed lips out a bit to deal with problems, but I've found the best way to make these magazines serviceable is to simply load it will bullets and let it sit for a couple of weeks


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    Ah, good old Hi-Point. Here’s an Ohio-based company that has, apparently, decided that you shouldn’t have to cash in your life savings in order to enjoy your Second Amendment rights and protect your home and family. The Model JCP 40 SW lists for $199 and you can probably find it for less at a local store near you.

    What is this pistol good for? Reliably sending .40 S&W bullets downrange. And keep in mind that all Hi-Points come with lifetime warranties that transfer with the gun. What is bad about this pistol? The Hi-Point is heavy, ugly and makes for a terrible concealed carry pistol.

    There are people who claim that the Hi-Point is unreliable, but I can’t help but think they haven’t taken the time to properly break in their pistols (more on that later).

    So, is the Hi-Point Model JCP 40 SW handgun for you? Read on and decide for yourself.

  • Hi-Point Model JCP 40 SW semiautomatic pistol
  • Here is the Hi-Point JCP 40 SW in all of its glory (or lack thereof). Yes, it does look like a power drill, but it works quite well and even features useful, three-dot sites and a thumb safety that is easy to use once you get familiar wiht the pistol.

    If you want even more ugliness, you can find one of these that comes with an olive drab slide and grips. If you’re looking for something a little snazzier, Hi-Point recently started issuing these in desert, tree-bark and pink camo (you’ll pay a little more).

    The gun shoots well, but there is a lot of plastic in the gun, the massive slide is a zinc-based alloy and the only real steel in here comes in vital parts such as the barrel. The trigger pull is quite good, but that plastic trigger just feels cheap.

  • Hi-Point Model JCP 40 SW semiautomatic pistol
  • The weak point of this pistol (and all Hi-Points, really) is the magazine. You will find a lot of people who advocate spreading the feed lips out a bit to deal with problems, but I’ve found the best way to make these magazines serviceable is to simply load it will bullets and let it sit for a couple of weeks. The springs in the magazines are too strong and you really have to loosen them up before they will work well and won’t jam.

    Although most of the problems have to do with the magazines not being broken in well, you do need to run at least 100 rounds through a Hi-Point before it is as reliable as you’d like.

  • Hi-Point Model JCP 40 SW semiautomatic pistol
  • Looking for a concealed carry gun? The JCP 40 is not for you. Here you see the JCP 40 (top) compared to a Bersa Thunder 380 pistol (middle and my concealed carry gun of choice) and a Taurus 738 TCP .380 ACP pistol (a good gun to carry in a pocket).

    The JCP 40 weighs 35 ounces unloaded and is 7.75″ long. While you won’t be concealing this chunk of medal, there are some real advantages to the size of this pistol. For one thing, it has a 4.5″ barrel that is fixed in place and is quite accurate. For another, that heavy slide means that recoil is very manageable with this pistol. Also, this pistol takes higher compression, +P rounds if you want even more power out of your .40 caliber bullet.

    And why is that slide so big and heavy? Simple. This is a blowback pistol, meaning that the slide must stay clamped down until enough pressure is built up to cycle the slide, eject the spent shell casing and load a new bullet.

    Besides, if you run out of ammo, you can always use it as a club against an attacker.

    While this pistols stinks for concealed carry, it is great to keep in a nightstand, desk drawer or some other place close at hand so you’ll have a big, powerful pistol around if you need it.

    Now, one thing odd about this pistol is that it has a single-stack magazine that holds only 10 bullets. With a pistol this big, you’d expect a double-stack magazine that would hold around 15 bullets or so.

  • Hi-Point Model JCP 40 SW semiautomatic pistol
  • The Hi-Point does have a last round hold-open feature that is very much appreciated. That means the slide heads to the very back position when the last round is fired, meaning you can slap in another clip and be ready for action in a hurry. One thing odd about the hold-open is that the slide must be pulled back slightly before it will return to its normal position. Most pistols have a switch to use to return the magazine, meaning Hi-Point is unusual in that regard.

  • Hi-Point Model JCP 40 SW semiautomatic pistol
  • See? This pistol is big. You will have no trouble getting both your shooting hand and your support hand on that grip.

    There are a couple of things to notice here. First of all, have a look at the thumb-operated safety which is right about the, uh, thumb in the above photo. That feels awkward at first, but is easy to use when you get used to it.

  • Hi-Point Model JCP 40 SW semiautomatic pistol
  • Here is yet another pistol that you have to disassemble with a tool. In this case, you need a metal punch and a mallet in order to knock out a pin so you can pull the gun apart. Once you do remove the slide, there are a couple of springs that like to fly out of the gun so be careful.

    Putting this pistol back together can be a chore, too, as getting all the springs positioned just right can take some time.

    Having to use a tool to take this apart generally means that you’re not going to field strip it. Heck, pulling it apart outside is a bad idea, anyway, because those springs that like to fly out can get lost.

    If you want a pistol but are on a budget, the Hi-Point deserves your attention. I own three and they all had troubles out of the box, but performed flawlessly once broken in with about 100 rounds and the magazines were allowed to sit filled with bullets for a couple of weeks to loosen them up a bit.

    While Hi-Points will never be target pistols that you’ll take on the competition circuit, they are more accurate than you might expect and good companions to have if you ever find yourself in a close combat situation.



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