Hi-Point JHP .45 ACP Review: Is It Actual Trash?

Disclaimer: The Hi-Point JHP .45 ACP was purchased by the author used.

I own a Hi-Point JHP .45 ACP. Go ahead and poke fun at me, I wouldn't blame you. After all, making fun of Hi-Points and their owners have become a bit of a pastime in the firearms community.

I came into possession of a Hi-Point JHP chambered in .45 ACP a while back and finally decided it was time to review the chunky pistol. I guess it was time for me to find out if the pistol deserved to be made fun of or if we were all just elitest jerks.

Editor's Note: Since this post was written in 2016, Daniel R. has written a Hi-Point C9 review and we also previously posted some of the coolest custom Hi-Points on the planet. Drink it in cupcake, you know you want to. 

Where To Find The Hi-Point JHP .45 ACP For Sale

Hi-Point JHP .45 ACP Pistol - $152.38 at 1800GunsAndAmmo.com

Hi-Point JHP .45 ACP Pistol - $145.71 at True Shot Gun Club

Hi-Point JHP .45 ACP Magazine - $17.99 at GunMag Warehouse

Hi-Point JHP .45 ACP Magazine - $21.99 at Sportsman's Guide

All prices are current at the time of publication. Please click the link to see the most up to date pricing.

Hi-Point JHP .45 ACP Specs

Looking over the specs on the Hi-Point website the JHP .45 seems to have a lot going for it on paper for the money, does this carry over to the real world?

Barrel length: 4.5″
Overall length: 7.75″
Weight: 35 oz.
Frame: High-impact polymer
Finish: Black powder coat with polished sides
Capacity: 9-shot magazine
Sights: 3-dots, fully-adjustable rear sight

All Hi-Point handguns feature:

  • +P rated
  • High-impact polymer frame
  • High-impact grips
  • Durable, attractive easy-grip finish
  • 3-dot, fully adjustable sights
  • Free extra rear peep sight
  • Last round lock open
  • FREE trigger lock
  • Magazine disconnect safetyQuick on-off thumb safety
  • Operations & safety sheet
  • 100% American parts & assembly
  • Lifetime warranty

First Impressions Of The Hi-Point JHP .45 ACP

The JHP isn’t a small pistol by any means, the large blocky slide while unsightly is necessary to ensure the pistol’s function. The JHP uses a blowback design and relies on that considerable weight to make sure that pressures in the barrel have dropped to a safe level before allowing the breach to open.

With a magazine capacity of 9 rounds in a single stack magazine, the JHP could be considered in the same class as the 1911? No, it couldn’t. It does hold an adequate amount of ammo though.

The sighting system was a bit odd and seemed to buck the more common practice of using larger, easier to see sights for what looks like an adjustable rear sight with a fixed front post.

Even though the sights are painted contrasting colors, I did find that they were a bit tough to pick up quickly at first. As the range day went on I was able to pick them up much faster and with practice, it would be second nature.

I do appreciate that they included an adjustable rear sight at the price point the pistol is sold at, the ability to dial your sights in without the use of a punch is nice.

The safety, while working properly was a bit of a bear to disengage quickly thanks to its rather low profile. I am all for making a pistol holster friendly, but when it comes at the expense of the ability to get the pistol into action quickly it might be prudent to offer a more pronounced lever. On the plus side, it does its job and renders the pistol safe when activated. Like the sights, I can see the safety being easier to use with some practice.

Grips on the pistol are simple and functional. I didn’t find them to be uncomfortable and well within what I would call serviceable.

Functional and serviceable is a consistent theme with the JHP .45, even the injection molded trigger falls into the same category. The trigger pull feels smooth but has an unpredictable break and a long reset. It isn’t exactly a match trigger, but again it is functional and does what it is supposed to do.

My single complaint about the JHP .45 is the rail. I can’t think of a single reason it isn’t offered with a standard rail. Instead, Hi-Point molded in a proprietary section of rail on the pistol’s dust cover. I guess a rail is better than no rail at all, but I would have much-preferred something that met the industry standard.

Shooting The Hi-Point JHP .45 ACP

Shooting the JHP .45, I found that it wasn’t that bad at all. Wait, what?

While the pistol’s individual parts might not be up to par with a GLOCK, HK or other manufacturers it still was a gun that can be bought under $200 new.

The recoil was pleasant and gentle, the pistol’s sights settled back onto the target quickly, and it didn’t feel that bad in the hand. I was simply shocked that it performed as well as it did.

I decided to set up a target and give shooting a group a try. Sadly, today was not my day for shooting well and I shot a rather poor group through no fault of the pistol.

Even with my poor shooting, I was able to produce some groups that were nothing short of passable. Given the reasonably crude design of the Hi-Point, it seems that while it isn’t a bullseye shooting pistol, it will hit what you are aiming for.

Final Thoughts About The Hi-Point JHP .45 ACP

So what do I think about the Hi-Point JHP .45 after shooting it for an afternoon? I can’t hate it even though I want to. After 400 rounds of .45 between myself and my friend, we didn’t experience a single malfunction even though I tried to induce one and hit what we were aiming at as long as we did our part.

Would I hesitate to recommend a Hi-Point JHP .45? No. If all someone had to spend on a gun was $200 and they wanted to get into the shooting hobby or wanted a pistol for personal protection I think it is a solid contender.

Sure, there are better options out there, but at a much higher price. Sometimes as shooters we forget that not everyone is willing to eat ramen for months to afford that fancy new pistol that we have our eyes on.

The Hi-Point JHP .45 carries an MSRP of $219 as tested, you can learn more about it on Hi-Point’s website or head over to the links in the top of the article to get current retail pricing.

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Since founding Firearm Rack in 2014 which evolved into Primer Peak in 2020, Patrick has been published by RECOIL, Ammoland, Gun Digest, The Firearm Blog, The Truth About Guns, Breach Bang Clear, Brownells, The Shooter's Log, and All Outdoor. When he isn't writing you can find him instructing handgun and AR-15 courses, training his dog Bear, or spending time with his son Liam. See what he is up to on his YouTube Channel, on Facebook, or on Instagram at @thepatrickroberts.

2 Comments

  1. Yea..it is big, it is not pretty but it is dependable. Let's be honest..Do yo really need it to be pretty? You want to rack a round, pull the trigger and have the round go straight towards the target...PERIOD. Had my JHP 45 ACP for over 5 years, put close to 1000 rounds through it, she chews any type of ammo, and just keeps on going. I will say that when cleaning it after 500 rounds per mfg recommendations, I did notice a slight bend on the firing pin. I called Hi-Pointe and they shipped a band new one to me, no questions asked, that day. They back their product!!

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