Hi-Point carbine in .380 Auto, it does make sense.
I know exactly what you are thinking, as I was thinking the same thing. Why a carbine in .380 Auto when you can have one in 9mm Luger in the same configuration. Well before we get into that, let me introduce you to the carbine and we can go from there.
Initial Range Trip
I took the carbine out and ran a several magazines of full metal jacket and jacketed hollow points at twenty five yards off hand and from a rest to get a feel of the rifle and see if it was indeed reliable. Accuracy was tested at twenty five and 100 yards. You can find the accuracy results in the table. You can also see the benefit of adding a sixteen inch barrel to the .380 Auto by following this link to the ballistic comparison. Right off I noticed the recoil was very mild and the fun factor was through the roof.
Accuracy test from 25 and 100 yards
Plenty of area on the charging handle to get the gun running, note the USA stamped on the end.
Protected front sight post.
Rear sight aperture adjustable for windage and elevation.
Plenty of Picatinny/Weaver rails to add what you feel is important for a defensive carbine.
Standard Hi-Point carbine stock with the recoil buffer, if any carbine would not need that recoil pad it is this one.
As far as dimensions this carbine is the same dimensions as the others, well except for the bore on the .45 Auto carbine.
Second Range Trip
So, with the rifle proving to be reliable and accurate, there is not a whole lot bad I can say about it. Truthfully I see this as a bit more niche carbine than the .45 Auto or 9mm Luger but that is an important niche. There are a great deal of people that choose to carry a concealed handgun in .380 Auto, and more than likely they have decided on their favorite defensive and practice round and, hopefully, have collected enough for carry and training. As we all know ammunition, especially defensive ammunition, can get expensive in a hurry. For the person that already has invested money in .380 Auto ammunition they have an option for a carbine without having to start all over with ammunition research. The .380 Auto is, in most opinions, the minimum for a defensive handgun but as you can see from this ballistic test, the .380 shines in the carbine. A few other points worth considering, though, the Hi-Point 9mm Luger had little recoil, the .380 Auto was comparable to a pellet rifle. Also it was quieter than I would have expected, I would not want to spend the day shooting it without protection but of you have to deploy it in a hurry without time to get your ear protection on, I believe it would not be as damaging as higher pressure cartridges. Allison has helped me with all the carbine reviews, and of those three, she favored the .380 Auto the best, as did I. For someone who maybe is a bit recoil sensitive and/or familiar with the .380 Auto this would make an idea home defense carbine. Keeping all that in mind this carbine would also make an excellent training tool for the new shooter. With it’s ten round magazine capacity it has 40% more capacity than the average .380 Auto pistol, a longer sight radius, and plenty of rails to mount lights and such. If all of that does not apply, it really is a helluva lot of fun to shoot.
Barrel length: 16.5″
Overall length: 31″
Weight: 6.25 lbs.
Capacity: 10-shot magazine standard
Stock: All-weather, black molded polymer
All-weather, black polymer skeletonized stock
Sling, swivels and scope base
Internal recoil buffer in stock
Weaver style rails
Fully adjustable sights (“Ghost Ring” rear peep & post front)
100% American-made parts and assembly
Optional forward folding grip