Hi-Point 45 Auto pistol and 4595TS carbine, self defense on a budget. These test samples feature a new camouflage pattern. The carbine is a woodland type pattern and the pistol is a digital desert type pattern. Hi-Point offers several different finishes.
In August 2014, I published a review on the Hi-Point 9mm pistol and 995TS carbine, you can read that review here. That was my first real experience with Hi-Points other than shooting a few handguns here and there. There is a lot of hate and malcontent going around about Hi-Point and truthfully I don’t think they deserve it. With the 9mm Luger pistol and carbine I had no failures and accuracy was not bad at all. For an affordable firearm with a no BS life time warranty and all American made, you could do much worse.
Next, the review of the Hi-Point carbine and pistol in .45 Automatic with the new camouflage pattern. As far as aesthetics go, other than the new pattern, the .45 Auto is the same as the 9mm Luger carbine and pistol.
A close look at the firearms.
As you can see the manual of arms of the carbine and pistol are the same in where the safety and magazine release is located. This is very helpful when training and transitioning between the pistol and carbine. Become familiar with one and you are familiar with the other. Note the charging handle on the carbine.
The pistol sights are not bad at all. The pistol includes a rear peep type rear sight but I prefer the rear notch.
The carbine sights are nice, a traditional military type front sight post with protector, the rear sight is peep sight and adjustable for windage and elevation.
The carbine has plenty of Picatinny and Weaver rails.
The carbine has a place for check weld, and a spring loaded recoil pad. Though the recoil pad worked well, the carbine recoiled soft so I am not sure it is really needed.
The handgun is blowback operated with a fixed barrel. Though it is a bit heavy and blockey the new digital camouflage is, in my opinion, more attractive than the plain black pistols. My biggest complaint on the pistol is it has a magazine disconnect. With the magazine removed, the pistol would not fire. The carbine does not have a magazine disconnect.
The magazines are the same and interchange between the pistol and carbine.
Many accessories are available for the carbine, here you see a magazine clip, that fixes to the skeletonized buttstock and holds two additional magazines. For the record, these are different than magazine carriers as the are not a closed loop so the magazines can be slipped or popped out. The carbine ships with a sling and you have a few options of attach points on the rear.
Initial Range Trip
We took the carbine and pistol out, straight from the box and went to the range. Fifty rounds through each, there were no malfunctions and accuracy seemed on par with the other Hi-Points I have reviewed, so we stepped off to twenty-five yards to get some accuracy groups from both the pistol and carbine.
Here are the results from the accuracy test, you can click on the chart for a larger version.
Second Range Trip
If you are curious how the .45 Auto performs out of a carbine, here is the ballistic test that is a direct comparison between a handgun and carbine.
As we all know, Hi-Points are inexpensive and will not win any beauty contests but let’s take a moment to look at the good points. From my experience they have proven to be reliable and accurate, not a bulls-eye pistol but way a plenty for what the gun was designed for. Also, they are 100% American made with a no questions asked lifetime warranty. Added all that together and the fact they are inexpensive it is worth at least trying one for yourself and not take the naysayers word. Where I come from the proof is in the pudding. Another thought is many cannot have higher end firearms because they cannot afford to spend a lot of money (please keep in mind a lot of money is a subjective term) so with Hi-Points they have a viable option for a defensive and recreational use. I also know many who say to save up to buy something, but keep in mind it may take some time to get the funds together to buy a more expensive firearm and during that time, well….. Yet another good use of Hi-Points would be something to keep in a truck, toolbox, boat, or tackle box. It is that firearm that will work but you don’t care so much if it gets scratched or beat up. There are a number of good reasons to give one a try. Expanding one’s horizons is not tethered to expensive. Having a carbine chambered in the same caliber as your pistol, both sharing the same magazine, really cuts down on the logistics of supplying ammo. Also many indoor ranges do not allow rifle caliber carbines but with the .45 Auto carbine you would be covered.