Not all semi-auto guns have to be beautiful — and they don’t have to come with a price tag that will break the bank, either.
Hi Point demonstrates both concepts with the Hi Point model 4595 .45 ACP semi-auto carbine. Though you may know Hi Point for its handguns, their carbines are just as worthy of attention.
Hi Point makes their .45 carbines easy and comfortable to use. This seven-pound carbine has a polymer skeletonized stock with recoil pad. Plus, it uses the same magazine as Hi-Point's .45 ACP pistol!
But what about looks? Well, the Hi Point carbine has a distinctive, rugged look. Some call it blocky (and others call it ugly). No matter what you call it, you can choose its finish as a black, desert digital, woodland, or pink camo design.
Now let’s talk features and functionality. The .45 ACP carbine comes with an adjustable front post sight and an adjustable ghost ring rear sight. There are also Weaver-style rails on the top and bottom of the gun for accessories, such as a light, red dot, or scope. The bolt of this blowback-operated carbine locks open after the magazine empties.
Because of its simple design, there is less that can go wrong. The Hi Point carbine has a reputation for reliability. It’s not uncommon to hear of a few hundred rounds going through this gun with no hiccups, no jams, and no failures. You may also hear stories of rusty or old Hi Point .45 carbines being used without any issues (not that I would recommend it!).
The best part of the Hi Point .45 ACP carbine might be its price. Why pay thousands when you can get the .45 carbine for under $300? But that’s not the only thing going for this gun.
The Hi Point carbine is an American-made gun with American components. It’s fun to shoot and it’s reliable. Hi Point also offers a great warranty so that you can feel secure in your purchase.
Finally, there’s the big question:
Does it shoot?
Given its price, you might think the Hi Point .45 carbine would suffer in accuracy. And that’s where you would be wrong. The .45 ACP can get impressive groups at 25-, 50-, and even 100-yard distances. Try it yourself if you would like to be pleasantly surprised!
Is the Hi Point .45 carbine the highest-end, most beautiful gun out there? Probably not. But it is a comfortable, easy-to-use gun at a fraction of the price of most semi-autos. It gets the job done — reliably, accurately, and for years to come.
Richard Douglas is a firearms expert and educator. His work has appeared on large publications like The Armory Life, Daily Caller, American Shooting Journal, and more. In his free time, he reviews optics on his Scopes Field blog.