Ok, so I’ve been lax on updates from the HiPoint Throwdown lately, so this post is going to be a quick info dump and a teaser for later today.
Long story short, I picked the gun up last Friday (thanks to the fine folks at Whistling Pines Gun Club.) On Sunday I took it out to the range to run some rounds through it and yesterday, I shot it in the first actual match.
A few photos from picking the gun up:
Photos by the multi-talented shooter, photographer and all around excellent Stuart Wong.
On a side note, Stuart’s just started with the whole blogging thing, but I suspect he’ll have a lot of insightful things to say about shooting (He’s a GM Production shooter), photography, and other topics. To see the classiest photos of a Hi-Point anyone’s ever taken, click here.
General first impressions:
The ergonomics leave a lot to be desired. The grip feels funky, especially when held tightly, and looking at the spacing for the finger grooves, it looks like it was designed to be held by someone with cartoon fingers.
The safety lever pulls double-duty as the slide stop lever as well. With the gun ready to go, flip the safety up to engage it. To lock the gun open, draw the slide back until the safety lines up with a notch cut in the slide and push it up to engage. I’ll go so far as to label this bit of cost-saving engineering as kind of clever.
The gun also has one of those annoying magazine disconnect safeties, something I’m generally opposed to as it makes the whole “Unload and Show Clear, Slide down, hammer down, holster” process much more of a chore than it should be. Following basic safety protocol completely negates the need for such a device.
Fit and finish is about what you’d expect. The slide is powder coated, and while certainly not pretty like blued or stainless gun, it’s a utilitarian solution that’s both cost-effective and probably wears well over the long-term.
The recoil spring is heavier than what you’d see in a pistol like a Glock, and coupled with the ungainly slide, the gun tends to feel nose-heavy, and cycling it is slightly awkward.
Field stripping is accomplished with the use of a tool that’s provided with the pistol, but I haven’t taken the gun apart yet. From what I’ve read, it’s not as straightforward as breaking apart a more mainstream pistol.
The sights are, well, at first they look goofy. The front sight is painted with a bright yellow enamel, and the rear sight has two bright red dots painted in similar fashion. The front sight blade is wider than I’m used to.
It’s kind of squishy like a Glock trigger without really managing to feel like a Glock trigger.
It’s also heavy:
So those are my first general impressions from handling the gun. Next up will be the initial range report. I’ll be honest, some of the results are a bit surprising…