The model JCP has a polymer frame – a 4.5-inch barrel, & a slide composed of ZAMAK-3 with steel reinforcements like all Hi-Point pistols,
It features an indispensable accessory track for mounting Hi-Point JCP 40 lasers & flashlights on Hi-Point rings.
The security is a combination lever for locking the slide & blocking the sear movement. The critical drawback of this system is that the weapon cannot be cocked while the lock is on; the safety locks the trigger but the common misconception is that it only locks the slide.
Hi-point’s guns use a simple yet reliable “Blowback Design” similar to that used in the Walther PPK & Russian Makarov PM. In blowback guns, the return spring & mass of the slide absorbs the rearward force generated by the propulsion of the bullet. As the slide pushes back, an extractor hooks the empty casing & pulls it out of the body after which the case is ejected from the gun.
When the slide has completed its rearward journey, the recoil spring moves the slide forward, chambering another series. Many modern handguns use a locked-breech design & therefore do not require the amount of mass that the blowback design needs to remain safe to fire, comfortable to shoot, and easy to control during the firing process.
The idea of a blowback-operated gun chambered for high-pressure cartridges works back to the early 20th century. Several artists toyed with the concept, & while most of the resulting products were less than satisfactory, others featured prominently in the history of new handguns. The first of note was the Spanish 1913-16 Campo-Giro, which was chambered for the potent 9mm Largo cartridge. It was replaced by the Astra 400 & 600 pistols, which fired the same round. Less notable figures included the Beretta 1915-19 and 1923 (9mm Glisenti); Germany’s Dreyse Heeres Pistole & Walther Mod. 6 (9mm Parabellum); & the Danish Schouboe, which fired a unique 11.35mm jacketed temporary wooden bullet!
The Hi-Point JCP .40 Smith&Wesson is a large, heavy, cheap pistol that makes Glocks look attractive. It is a 100% American made, polymer framed; striker fired, blowback operated semiautomatic weapon. Most blowback pistols are .380 caliber or smaller because of the potential of the cartridge increases the size of the slide must increase also. The slide on the JCP is big and bulky so it can contain the power of the .40 S&W round.
The fixed barrel of a blowback operated pistol, like the Hi-Point, makes it inherently accurate. I was ready to shoot hand size groups at 100 yards using randomly reloaded ammo that had at least three different manufacturers’ headstamps.
The Hi-Point JCP becomes in a cardboard box with one 10 round Hi-Point JCP magazine. The pistol looks simple, at first sight, but then you start to notice it possesses features that you wouldn’t expect on sub-$200 guns. It comes with a trigger lock, sight adjustment tool/key, chamber flag and an extraordinary peep sight for the pistol.
There is deep rear slide serrations, a cutout near the breach that serves as a loaded chamber indicator, a magazine disconnect protection, and the back sight is flexible for elevation and windage. It also has a proprietary associate rail, but they do sell a Picatinny adapter on their website. The front view on the JCP is fixed with a painted yellow dot, while the rear view has two painted and recessed red dots. It has a frame mounted safety on the left side, along with a regular magazine release pin after the trigger guard. All Hi-Point pistols come with a life guarantee.
If you are the original owner or the fifth owner, it doesn’t mean it’s under warranty. Many people would assume at this rate point the JCP would be restricted to standard powered ammo, but they would be wrong, as it is rated to handle +P ammo.
I purchased a Hi-Point JCP in .40 Smith&Wesson, initially as a range gun, in 2012. I could have bought other pistols, but I had read enough positive reviews by characters that owned Hi-Points to silence the negative remarks from personages that have nevermore shot, held or owned one of these pistols. After firing nearly 3,000 shots through the gun, I feel I have enough information to give a talked review.
I have used this as a field gun, used it to teach firearms classes, take firearms courses & also took the NRA Off-Duty Law Enforcement course! I have seen way more good than sorry for this pistol and can say that it’s a great buy, for the money. The gun is a shooter but, sadly, some magazines may need to be tweaked to feed correctly. My mags were causing the rounds to nosedive in the magazine. I have six magazines, and I had to lightly bend the feed lips outward on all six with a multitool. After that, I have become no feeding problems in firing more than 2,500 rounds. I had cleaned the pistol three times, once out of the box, at 500 rounds and again before I took photos for this article. With about 2,000 rounds between washings,
I have found no detriment in performance. I have fired full metal jacket ammo only through my pistol because it is a range gun for me. I have used, steel, brass, and aluminum cased ammo from Tula, Lawman, Federal, Winchester & anyone else that had limit ammo that I could find on business. I have had no difficulties with any of it feeding or firing.
March 11th, 2015 Hi Point at the range Taking it apart requires a 3/32” roll pin punch to push the slide retainer pin. The directions say to use a pin punch; my approach is to use a ROLL pin punch instead. The roll pin punch will surely center on the slide deposit pin ¬ damage the nail itself, unlike a regular pin punch. The takedown is easy enough, but a pin punch & a hammer are needed to remove that one pin. The JCP is a duty sized pistol with a 4.5-inch barrel, an eight-inch overall length & a 38-ounce weight empty.
The Hi-Point JCP is a big, heavy & bulky pistol that weighs more explicit than a Glock 22 weighs loaded! I thought that I would have trouble getting a holster for my Hi-Point, but I didn’t have any problem at all. Alien Gear, Galco, and Tagua all make a holster for this pistol, & I am sure there are more holster producers that produce factory holsters for Hi-Points. With the many Kydex custom holster makers around I am sure a custom holster can be made.
Gunsandammo.org is where you are directed to parts for JCP pistols. They allow Hi-Point JCP owners to make four free replacement parts for their Hi-Point pistol sent to them free of charge!
All that is needed is your data and your pistols serial number, all but the support is available for free. It is a great range gun, home defense gun, duty gun, truck gun, gun for your tackle box or a spare gun to hand out to trusted friends or family that need one in an emergency. With its warranty, hardened powder reliability, coat finish, accuracy & low price, you can’t go wrong.
Firearms Insider Reviews 8 Key Points
Claim to Fame: A quality budget friendly pistol with an MSRP under $200 also one of the most maligned handguns on the internet.
Target Market: Anyone that wants a solid budget-priced pistol.
Features & Benefits of this product:
Four free replacement wheels with free shipping on those parts.
$15 factory magazines
Fully adjustable rear sight
+P ammo rated
Sight Adjustment Tool
What other artistic options or finishes are available: Black or green powder coat finish
What are others saying: “I think it would be fair to say that if you were in the market for a very affordable handgun that was capable of firing authoritative cartridges for base defense or informal plinking, a Hi-Point pistol might just fill the bill.” Shooting Times– Paul Scarlotta-
Price Point: MSRP: $199 Retail: $164.80
I need it now! Availability: Buds Gun Shop has them in stock.
very budget friendly price
great customer service
four free replacement parts with free shipping of those parts
magazines may need to be tweaked to feed
SCORE: 7.5 Good75
- CW3833 (2.58″ Barrel)
- Black polymer frame, matte stainless slide
- MSRP: $419.00
- Capacity: 6+1
- Caliber: .380 ACP
- Barrel: 2.58″, Conventional Rifling, 1 – 16 right-hand twist
- type” recoil lug; passive striker block; no magazine disconnect
- Operation: Trigger cocking
- DAO; lock breech; “Browning-
- Height: 3.9″
- Length O/A: 4.96.”
- Weight: Automatic 10.2 ounces (w/o magazine)
- Slide Width: .75″
- Sights: Drift adjustable white bar-dot combat rear sight,
- Finish: Black polymer frame, matte stainless steel slide
- Grips: Textured polymer
- Magazine: 1 – 6 rd, Stainless pinned in polymer front sight
The CW380 pistol has a 2.58-inch barrel, an overall height of 4.96 inches and a height of just 3.9 inches. It weighs only 10.2 ounces without a magazine. The pistol has a black polymer frame and features 4140 steel inserts molded into the front and back of the structure for added rigidity. It has a machined, solid 416 matte stainless steel slide and a textured polymer Hi-Point JCP 40 Holster Grip.
The Kahr CW380 highlights a locked breech, modified Browning type recoil lug, & utilizes Kahr’s seven franchises including the “safe cam” action seen in all Kahr pistols. The result is a micro-compact pistol with minimal recoil and quick follow-up shots. The Kahr CW380 features drift adjustable white bar-dot combat rear sight & pinned-in polymer front sight.
The durability and reliability of the CW380 model make it a high consideration as a backup gun for law enforcement.
- (.380 ACP Polymer Frame Models)
- Capacity 6+1 6+1
- Barrel 2.58″
- Length O/A 4.96″ 4.9.”
- Caliber .380 ACP .380 ACP
- Model CW380 P380
- Conventional Rifling, 1 – 16 right-hand twist 2.53″, Premium Lothar Walther Match Grade Barrel
- Grips Textured polymer Textured polymer
Height 3.9″ 3.9″
Slide Width .75″ .75″
Weight Pistol 10.2 measures (w/o magazine) Pistol 9.97 ounces (w/o magazine)
- Operation Trigger cocking DAO; lock breech; “Browning-type” recoil lug; passive striker block; no magazine disconnect Trigger cocking DAO; recoil lug; passive striker block; no magazine disconnect
slide Black polymer frame, matte 416R stainless steel slide
- Magazine 1 – 6 rd, Stainless 3 – 6 rd, Stainless
Sights Drift adjustable white bar-dot combat rear sight, pinned in polymer front sight Drift adjustable, white bar-dot combat sights (tritium night sights, Crimson Trace laser sight optional)
Finish Black polymer frame, matte 416R stainless steel
* Specifications subject to change without notice