Latest Hi-Point build

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Latest Hi-Point build

Postby adam01364 » Mon Feb 15, 2016 8:47 pm

Most of you know that far too many pistols are not on my state's "nice" list, but if I can acquire a receiver/frame and then get the parts, I can build a pistol and then register it. Here's what I'll be building later this week, a Hi-Point JHP 45. The frame is actually a JCP .40 but since Hi-Point uses the same frame on the JCP and JHP, I'm going with the .45 . The frame set me back $46 shipped, (no FFL fees at this end; supplying my Mom & Pop shop with ammo during the last drought continues to pay huge dividends) and the parts kit set me back $45.50 shipped. Just need to call Mom for a mag and soon it'll be good to go.

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Re: Latest Hi-Point build

Postby David Vincent » Mon Feb 15, 2016 9:55 pm

as long as the barrel holes line up you should be able to assemble it in about 8 minutes. Ready.....GO!
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Re: Latest Hi-Point build

Postby Flowmaster » Mon Feb 15, 2016 10:33 pm

I really enjoy seeing you resurrect Hi Points.
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Re: Latest Hi-Point build

Postby adam01364 » Fri Feb 19, 2016 12:31 pm

So here it is, all assembled and raring to go.
It isn't perfect - it has scratches and dents and the rear sight needs to be replaced. But given how little it cost, I'm happy.

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Re: Latest Hi-Point build

Postby jeffchance » Fri Feb 19, 2016 6:15 pm

Nice resurrection. Congrats.
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Re: Latest Hi-Point build

Postby David Vincent » Fri Feb 19, 2016 7:01 pm

Good job. Now get a replacement sight and stipple those grips. Then you can sight it in and shoot the hell out of it.

congratulations. you now have a 45 caliber raven!
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Re: Latest Hi-Point build

Postby adam01364 » Fri Feb 19, 2016 9:15 pm

Thanks guys! I got the site swapped out from a spare C9 slide, and up-graded the trigger to the "latest" Hi-Point revision, and David, you're right about those grips, they're kinda slippery and something must be done to correct that, either stippling or spraying with some rubberized paint.
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Re: Latest Hi-Point build

Postby David Vincent » Fri Feb 19, 2016 11:05 pm

i tied the rubber paint thing but it peals. Stipple it and its done forever. Hipoint grips are kind of thin so be careful around the edges as they will warp on you. around the safety as well because the grip has a little nub on it for safety engagement. If you warp the top of the grip the safety will be loose.

If you do have some warpage you can put them in boiling water to straighten them back out.

also.... I stipple the entire grip. You dont have to do that.

you can also stick some traction tape on them but Stippling looks more factory. mThe traction tape is good for the front and back straps though. The rubberized kind is the best IMO. The sandpaper kind is a bit to harsh.

Dont be scared to try. practice on a few scraps. Stippling is very easy and requires a wood burner. I am amazed people pay so much to have it done. some of the real fancy stippling you see out there though is pretty artistic. Myself I just do a pebblegrain finish as its easy to get uniform and if you screw up its easy to fix. If you have or have access to a sandblaster you can give them a nice contrasting grayish finish.

Yes the grips absolutely suck. It keels like plastic with armor-all on it. I have never understood why hipoint does not checker them like the old haskell and stallards.

get yourself a wood burner though. they are great for lots of stuff. I just stippled a set of walnut and raven wood grips this week. walnut is a little more work and rosewood is a hell of a lot more work but they come out fantastic. Plastic is really really easy and much faster. it stinks though.

Function wise its superior to rubber. My hipoints really grab my hand. The rubberized traction tape you can get cheap on ebay in rolls. different color options as well. It also is a very close match to the stipple pebble-grain finish so it really dresses up the gun and looks good. I dont stipple the actual frame on hipoints because its to hard to replace unlike guns with subframes...keltecs, cobra etc.

You might as well get a 40caliber kit if your not running into trouble with barrel holes lining up. I have never seen a polymer hipoint frame fail. they did a good job on that frame. I have run across and experienced cracks in the aluminum and zamak framed hipoints.
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Re: Latest Hi-Point build

Postby Kiln » Sat Feb 20, 2016 9:36 am

You could get a rubber wrap around grip if you don't want to modify it much frim factory.
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Re: Latest Hi-Point build

Postby jeffchance » Sat Feb 20, 2016 2:20 pm

^^^^ This is an easy solution that I have on all my pistols and 995. I prefer the Hogue #17000, cost under $10.
The drawback is if you have smaller hands, it does add some to the grip.
The Hi Point grips are thin and they hold some stuff together in the pistol similar to some of the J-guns. Even replacements from Tillander Grips are thin and easily distort. I would explore a couple options before firing up the soldering iron.
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