Hand-Picked Daily GUN DEALS, and Exclusive Coupons Codes >>>

Hi-Point Model 995TS Review: Best Budget 9mm Carbine?

We take a look at the Hi-Point Model 995 -- a budget friendly 9mm carbine that won't break the bank. But is it any good? Come find out.

How many of you out there own a Hi-Point firearm? How many have at least shot one?

If you answered “yes” to either question, then you most likely know that these guns register on both ends of the spectrum.

Hi-Point
Hi-Point

They are probably the ugliest guns you’ll ever shoot, but surprisingly, pretty reliable and accurate as far as 9mm carbines go.

But how can that be?

Don’t worry; we’ll walk you through the specs and features and get some range time with the Hi-Point Carbine to fill in all the details.

So, keep reading.

Pros & Cons 

Pros 

  • Price
  • Warranty — the website states that if you are the first or the third owner, they’ll fix it for life.
  • They produce about 76 different models of carbines in a range of calibers

Cons

  • This carbine will not win a beauty contest.
  • The trigger breaks at 6 pounds, but the bottom of the trigger has a projection/point that sticks up. It rubbed on my finger and became an annoyance after a few shots.
  • Screws don’t line up with holes exactly, edges don’t mate evenly, and while the gun still works, it can be a bit frustrating.

The Bottom Line 

If you are looking for a 9mm (or a .380, .45 ACP, .40 S&W, 10mm) carbine for knock-around use at an affordable price, this will likely do.

279
at Palmetto State Armory

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Available Coupons

Specs & Features 

Specs 

  • Length: 31.5”
  • Barrel Length: 16.5” as tested (19” available)
  • Weight: 6.25 lbs.
  • Capacity: 10 + 1 (takes Hi-Point pistol mags; aftermarket mags available)

Features

  • Good factory sights
  • Pic rail to mount lights, pistol grips, optics, and lasers

Background

Hi-Point firearms are made in Mansfield, Ohio. The company released its first handguns in 1992, with the carbines coming along in 1996.

The guns are virtually unchanged from when they were first brought out. They have brought out new models, but they’re all based on their one main, basic design.

funny hi point
Ohhh good ole Hi-Point

About the only thing Hi-Point has changed is its carbine, and those changes were minor: now the 995’s bolt will hold open after the last shot. The blow-back action that makes all Hi-Points function has not changed and most likely will not.

The goal is to provide a functioning firearm that is made in America for all shooters, regardless of budget constraints.

They utilize Zamak-3 (fancy name for the zinc-aluminum alloy) in non-stress areas to cut costs, and also lots of polymer. Of course, the areas that need steel get steel.

All Hi-Point guns, even including their 10mms, use simple blow-back actions. This means that the bolts (or slides, in the pistols’ case) are overly-large compared to others on locked-breech guns. 

Who Is It For?

I see these carbines being used for a variety of purposes like plinking or if you need a budget carbine for home defense.

These guns are perfect for informal shooting, not to mention if you’re on a budget; it’s a no-brainer.

Hi-Point Open Bolt
Open Bolt

For those who need an inexpensive carbine in a pistol caliber to ride around with them on the ranch or farm, this carbine is perfect. And its short length and rail offerings mean you can get it into action quickly and have the lights/lasers/grip you need to make it efficient at the task.

With a red dot installed and a couple of extra mags, I see this as a perfect carbine to knock around the woods with or to have in your house for home protection. 

Fit & Feel

The carbine comes to your shoulder easily.

One small issue I have is that the rear peep sight sits a bit low for me, but others may not find it so. I have to really “crunch” my head down on the stock to get the sights lined up.

This won’t be an issue if you mount a red dot or scope, which is easily done. 

Cheap Red Dots, Side
Red dots anyone?

Since the magazine feeds through the pistol grip, the center of balance is not disturbed by having it ahead of the action as in most other carbines. The gun carries easily in your hand and is quickly brought to bear, although it is barrel-heavy.

Hi-Point Controls
Hi-Point Controls

Speaking of magazines, Hi-Point sells a Red Ball 20-rounder that consists of two 10-round mags attached at the base plate. Ten-round mags are readily available as well. 

In terms of “Feel,” the forend is rather thick, but I don’t see that as a disadvantage. It allows you to get your hand around it, which is what counts. At the rear of the stock is a butt pad, a nice touch.

Hi-Point
Hi-Point

How Does It Shoot?

I set up a couple of targets right at 25 yards and tried a couple of different 9mm loads.

I shot some Fiocchi Range Dynamics ammo that they had sent me a good while ago, for which I am appreciative. I also shot some Maxxtech that I had left over.

17
at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Available Coupons

Both loads are FMJ 115-grain and are traveling just a tad over 1350 fps out of the carbine’s 16.5-inch barrel.

Both loads were dialed in very well and would suffice for plinking or training sessions. I did not have to adjust the rear sight at all.

Range Dynamics, 10 shots
Range Dynamics, 10 shots

As mentioned above, I had just a bit of trouble getting down far enough on the stock to get the sights in good focus, but that’s fixable. Recoil was negligible, as was muzzle flash.

This is truly a fun gun to shoot…it’s a step up from a .22, but yet not in the .223/5.56mm ballpark in terms of noise.

You could do worse.

What Sets it Apart?

Taking looks and minor glitches in stride, the Hi-Point really excels in the budget category.

Hi-Point Rear Sight
Hi-Point Rear Sight

For those looking for a carbine to take to the range that won’t break the bank and comes with a lifetime warranty (and awesome customer service), the Hi-Point Carbine is it.

By The Numbers 

Reliability: 5/5

It fired every time I wanted it to.

Ergonomics: 4/5

The low rear sight was an annoyance.

Accuracy: 5/5

No complaints here.

Customization: 5/5

The factory has a ton of accessories for it.

Value: 5/5

If I could give a “6” I would. You can’t beat it.

Overall: 4.5/5

279
at Palmetto State Armory

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Available Coupons

Upgrades for the 995

You can get a variety of accessories for the Carbine, including lasers, foregrips, red dots, magazines, and more.

Hi-Point Barrel

Of course, the Pic rails open up a whole universe of aftermarket parts. Just about anything you could stick on your AR’s rails, you could use here.

Of course, we always recommend a red dot. They make life a little easier. You can read more about the ones we like here!

Final Verdict

Uglier ‘n a mud fence, indeed. I would mostly agree, but ugly is as ugly does, and the Hi-Point Carbine doesn’t shoot ugly.

It is accurate, reliable, and adaptable, with more accessories available for it than you could shake a stick at. 

Hi-Point left side
Hi-Point left side

Add in the fact that the sub-$300 gun can really shoot, has a great warranty, and is solidly built, and you have a winner.

What do you think of Hi-Point’s Carbine? Let me know in the comments below. Need some cheap optics? Check out our affordable picks for Red Dots on a Budget.

The Best Gun Deals, Coupons and Finds

Subscribe to Pew Pew Tactical's sales and deals email.

26 Leave a Reply

  • Commenter Avatar
    George

    I have fired over 2000 rounds thru my 995TS with no problems and it is fun to shoot.

    January 1, 2023 10:37 am
  • Commenter Avatar
    Doug_G

    I got the 9mm one from a LGS while I was at a shooting class because the price was so surprisingly low. I find it to be a heavy and complicated gun. It did alright in an IDPA match back in the very days of PCC but felt too heavy for frequent use. As I have customized mine with most of the upgrades available, new rails, foregrip, a magazine holding clip, Bi-Pod, Lights, flash suppressor, reverse charging handle and red dot, with new paint on the metal surfaces. Disassembly and reassembly have to be done, just so, or the parts don't go back together. If you do something out of order, you're in for a frustrating time. The upgraded parts don't come from Hi-Point but 2 other distributors, Down Range Products and another I don't recall.

    December 9, 2022 8:46 am
  • Commenter Avatar
    Chuck Cochran

    I don't own one, but I've shot a couple friends own (one in 9mm and one in. 45 ACP). Both functioned with the factory mags well. Both were surprisingly accurate. Both fed the 9mm and .45 ACP Target loads without a hiccup. Both were purchased a few years back and were around $200 at that time.
    I don't knock HI Point. They fill a much needed niche, whether it's their pistol or carbines, they get someone into the Shooting Sports and Personal Defense for a price that won't require marriage counseling (LOL). Yes, they are ugly and blocky, but they shoot reasonably accurately, and once you find a load that runs good in the guns, it'll run for a good long time.
    One of my friends had and earlier higher capacity Mag (I don't recall the manufacturer), and it ran like crap. Didn't see anything wrong with the feed lips, but the follower looked dimensionally different than HI Points. Didn't have calipers to measure it, but I suspect it might not be sized right, and it tended to nose rounds down while loading it. Perhaps the new mags work better.
    Mike, you're right that they're a good gun for knocking about the ranch/farm.
    They might make a good Cache gun for those into Prepping.

    December 7, 2022 9:48 pm
  • Commenter Avatar
    John Chappell

    I have the Hi point 4095 in 40cal. Had it about 10 yrs. Shoots straight and every time. Very accurate at 75yds. No complaint other than it is not an attractive carbine. Other than that,I love it, comfortable and reliable.

    December 7, 2022 4:12 pm
  • Commenter Avatar
    IDPA Shooter

    I'm thinking about getting one just to shoot PCC division for S&G... :-)

    December 7, 2022 2:42 pm
  • Commenter Avatar
    Steve T

    Just received my 45 carbine and if it’s anything like the 9 I’ve had for about 5 years now I am going to love it. You hit the nail on the head right down to the bur on the trigger but as someone else said all it takes is mini grinder and problem solved. Great fun gun and absolutely reliable.

    December 7, 2022 3:15 am
  • Commenter Avatar
    David C.

    I live in California and got mine about 2 months ago. For those who dont know they put a paddle on the grip which sucks, however, most accurate carbine I ever fired. At 50 yards i hit the bull every time.really love it can't say anything about the ugliness of it,cause to me it's a beautiful weapon. proud to own it worth every penny!!

    December 6, 2022 9:50 pm
  • Commenter Avatar
    Eric Winans

    I’ve had mine for 5 years or so. It’s fun to shoot and I’ve found it very accurate at reasonable distances. It is ugly, but for the price and functionality I’ll keep it. I’m not big on spending thousands on weapons if I can buy inexpensive and reliable. I also liked the fact that a 9mm carbine didn’t add to my variety of caliber weapons back when I was trying to limit myself to 2 calibers. Now… I’ve got 5 different caliber weapons but like shooting this American made carbine.

    December 6, 2022 7:57 pm
  • Commenter Avatar
    Dave

    I bought a Hi-Point 995TS a few years ago. Got it mainly as an 'alibi' firearm...just in case. Mine shoots very well and is probably inherently more accurate than some people can shoot. It has been very reliable, using every brand of 9mm I've used, always goes 'Bang' and never has had a problem with failure to cycle or eject. In fact, I'm thinking about getting another 995TS and one in .45.

    December 6, 2022 7:32 pm
  • Commenter Avatar
    Vulcan

    At this price point, functionality and reliability, it's beautiful to gaze upon. :)

    A nail file or Dremel will remove any trigger burr but mine had none.

    Factory sights off day one, decent holographic sight on, Sight-Mark, R Spec fit nice, big window for old eyes, and sat up off the rail a bit at the right price/quality point for this use. Upgrade to the stainless rod inside and remove the factory plastic one. $18 PITB getting in but you need to learn how to do it anyway, right? SOME day ya must deep clean.

    LOTS of colored aluminum swaps for this including deep red anodized top rail at $35 at that time. Looks mean. HA! Better for any optics too, you care to have stay at zero. Ya might add that one. Ezy swap.

    Couple online sellers specifically have a nice bunch of add-ons for this! I wouldn't spend a ton as the idea here is serious, capable AND budget, but, you could. Don't. Get the aluminum top rail and stainless guide and call it good. Maybe a Sight Mark, R spec sight! Maybe a hi-cap mag or two for practice with cheap Russki ammo day, if you still have any.

    The .40 has a wee bit more notice when it arrives with proper bullets like the Hornady "Critical Duty", made in Grand Island, Nebraska - over the 9mm and runs just as good.

    Takedown to seriously clean this is a PITA but doesn't have to be done that often - if you do the other maintenance in the THG and clean er up after firing routinely. Give the firing mech a QUICK shot of your favorite lube spray every now and then to keep it slick. No need to overdo and grease it up.

    At THIS price/value point, blend in reliability and smooth function after break-in with proper early cleanings ................. just what IS it that a similar size HD weapon might do for you this won't? Look more handsome to the zombie in the perimeter?

    Pushing out a quality .40 cal via 16" of bbl, HP or SP is gonna make a zombie reconsider his options.... right there. I believe one of the original considerations for the .40 was to reasonably replace the .45 for the FBI, so.........

    These fire anything you put in there, inc steel. Not picky. Nice.

    At 5 - 50 feet this fat, fairly heavy chunk of clad copper over a firm alloy of lead, coming dang fast, well chosen round and bullet is going to arrive in a bad mood. And yes, it IS more accurate at distance than you think but that's not what it's built for.

    Remember, you plink a zombie further than spitting distance from you in normal HD scenarios, you are going to jail. Makes a tool good to 100 yards even, irreverent. You want to hit targets at range, hunt, get an AR or any of the other great choices.

    An old carpenter told me once, son, ya want the right tool for the right job. This is ideal for HD, and higher cap mags are available. A favorite among old Vets on an ugly budget. Anyone on a budget. We deserve to be able to protect ourselves and we don't all live in gated communities.

    December 6, 2022 7:27 pm
    • Commenter Avatar
      Colt

      Well said, sir!

      December 7, 2022 5:12 am
      • Commenter Avatar
        Vulcan

        Thank you. :)

        December 7, 2022 8:41 am
  • Commenter Avatar
    JW still

    Such a good value. Still somewhat new to shooting myself and I find it intuitive and remarkably accurate out of the box.

    December 6, 2022 7:10 pm
  • Commenter Avatar
    R Leonard

    Agree with reviewer’s comments. Very good carbine for the buck. Got two 40s and may buy a 9mm.

    December 6, 2022 7:02 pm
  • Commenter Avatar
    patrick diamond

    I have the 10MM carbine that is so much fun to shoot. What gets me is it has doubled in price since i bought it a year and 1/2 ago. Accurate to 50 yards, 2 inch groups on a 9" paper plate.

    December 6, 2022 6:48 pm
  • Commenter Avatar
    Ed D

    I have the original "planet of the apes" models I got at a pawn shop for $75 5 years ago. I think I have put more rounds thru it than anything other than my competition Pistol. It is just fun to shoot

    December 6, 2022 5:45 pm
  • Commenter Avatar
    Glenn Showers

    I have fired countless rounds through the standard 995TS and have often felt just a little amazed at both the function and accuracy of the gun. So when Hi-Point offered the 995TS 19 with the 19" barrel; I was anxious to see if I would find any improvement in either area. Truth be told, I have generally rated accuracy for for the 17" gun at 25 yards, as did the reviewer. With the 19 inch barrel I used 35 yards as my base line and was able to maintain the same grouping (comparable to the reviewers) as the the shorter barrel had accomplished. I suspect I could mark respectable groups at 50 yds. and will test that theory soon. While it lacks the velocity of a true varmint gun, I think this is a great ranch gun for the budget minded. As to home defense this gun gets good scores on reliability and in 9mm it will offer accuracy while mitigating the likelihood of exiting the home and injuring neighbors. For many, especially those on a budget, or relatively new to long guns (yes, I know it is a carbine) this is an excellent gun with great credentials.

    December 6, 2022 5:05 pm
  • Commenter Avatar
    Dan A.

    Hate to be trite, but - the only thing "wrong" with Hi-Point PCCs is that they aren't Glock magazine-compatible.

    If they were, they'd be hella more appealing/digestible.

    Other than that, they're decent firearms.

    December 6, 2022 4:48 pm
  • Commenter Avatar
    leo kelly

    I have one of the 995 9mm it is not going to win a beauty contest but it is good to go plink with or keep it as farm tractor gun

    December 6, 2022 4:42 pm
  • Commenter Avatar
    Jayce

    You can't have a discussion about these guns without mentioning High Tower Armory's bullpup conversion chassis that can be had for $250. Giving you a clean looking, reliable, cheap pcc at right around $500.

    December 6, 2022 4:33 pm
  • Commenter Avatar
    Dutch

    Love my 9mm carbine. Easy to shoot and it always works. Accurate with factory sights.
    Just wish there was a better 20 round mag.

    December 6, 2022 4:30 pm
    • Commenter Avatar
      Glenn Showers

      Without question, the mags are a common (but not deal breaking) concern with these guns. Introducing a Glock mag compatible model would solve all that. But the Hi-Point mags work well and as a rancher once told, if you can't get the job done with ten rounds, well... maybe you should take up knitting.

      December 6, 2022 5:15 pm
  • Commenter Avatar
    GERRY CASTINO

    The Hi-Point 995TS is a true American manufacturing "Yes We Can"! Provide a safe, reliable, and affordable shoulder fired pistol caliber carbine for "all Americans" regardless of economic status. Only in American. Keeping the law abiding citizens armed as guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment of our Constitution. Amen.

    December 6, 2022 4:30 pm
  • Commenter Avatar
    Bill K

    I’ve Had this carbine for about five years. And shot a lot of 9mm out of it without a single issue the Iron sight are great although I agree the rear sight is low for me too. I did install a red dot as my eyes aren’t as good as they were when I was in my sixties and seventies. Hi-Point made a gun to get the job done, not win a beauty pageant.

    December 6, 2022 4:29 pm
  • Commenter Avatar
    Javier Antonio Quinones Ortiz

    Got two, one in .45 and the other in .40. They’re fine for what they’re intended and kudos to the company for it’s business philosophy and practices.

    December 6, 2022 4:11 pm
  • Commenter Avatar
    John J Kowal

    First a little background: I've owned the .45 pistol for some years now. The slide is a massive hunk of steel (to control cycling) and as a result the pistol is top heavy. The carbine uses the steel slide mass to achieve the same result. Another point in common with both weapons - a plastic trigger which I believe is covered by the lifetime guaranty.
    My .45 pistol just can't fail even with the plasticky trigger. The company, in my opinion, comes in at a good price point with good products.

    December 6, 2022 3:53 pm
Join the community! Log in
Please provide a valid email address.
Password is required.
or
Register
Please provide a valid display name.
Please provide a valid email address.
The password should contain at least 8 characters with at least one number or special character.
Please accept in order to continue.
or
Trouble logging in?
Type your email address and we’ll send you a link to reset your password.
Please provide a valid email.
Password
Type your new password and hit button below to confirm it.
Field is required.
Account already exists
We already have an account registered for email address () which is linked to your Facebook account.
To log in type your Pew Pew Meter password below.
Field is required.
Account already exists
We noticed that you have previously logged in with your Account which is linked to the same email address () - we can link both of your accounts together.
In order to link your accounts, hit button below and log in to your Account with the same email as above.

Account in Pew Pew Meter means more

Check what do you get by creating an account
Check and save your reviews!
Bookmark and compare your favorite firearms
Manage your newsletter subscription
pew pew tactical logo

new here?

Personalize your experience.
Select what level shooter you are!

pew pew tactical logo

level up your gun knowledge

Thanks! We'll send you the latest guides and training tips geared towards your level.

pew pew tactical logo

welcome!

You'll now receive newsletters of our best articles on techniques, guns & gear.

$47 value

yours free!

targets targets
free

practice targets

printer icon printable

our 9 favorite targets and drills

free

practice targets

printer icon printable

enter your email to download

We'll only use the information provided according to our privacy policy.

success icon

Ready to Download

Click below to begin your download

download pdf