Hi-Point Shows Off 10mm Carbine (It’s Under $400!) – SHOT Show 2018

I have never reviewed a Hi-Point, but that is about to change.  At SHOT 2018, they put the rest of the industry to shame by leading the charge into 10mm territory. As many of you know, I’m a flag-waving, card-carrying member of the Cult of the 10mm.

The Hi-Point 1095TS chambered in 10mm.

Over the past two years, it seems as if everyone and their brother has climbed on board the Pistol Caliber Carbine bandwagon.  Not Hi-Point though, it’s old hat for them.  So, while legions of gun makers have put out their 9mm PCCs, Hi-Point decided to lap the field.  Releasing the 1095TS.

The 1095TS comes suppressor ready with a threaded barrel.

Specs:

  • Model Number: 1095TS
  • Barrel: 17.5 inches, threaded barrel (0.578x28TPI)
  • Caliber: 10mm Automatic
  • Sight: Iron with ghost ring
  • Overall length: 32 inches
  • Weight:7 pounds
  • Capacity: One 10-round magazine with each carbine
  • Trigger: 6-pound single-stage
  • MSRP: $389.99

Impression

While not the cheapest thing to feed, 10mm does make a lot of sense in a carbine. It was designed to be magazine fed, so no issues there. It packs more punch than most any other semi-auto round.

While the FBI got a case of “soft hands” and needed to decommission the round because they couldn’t handle the recoil, many others fell in love with its full house wallop. But either way, that recoil concern becomes totally irrelevant in a shoulder-fired weapon. A carbine tames the 10mm in a way no other platform can.

The 10mm is big enough for hunting, something no one with any sense would try with a 9mm. For home defense, it packs almost the same power as a .300AAC.  It’s a versatile round that can pretty much do it all.

There is a lot to like about the 1095Ts.  The price, obviously.  But also some of the little details, like the new beard-resistant cheek piece. No longer will you have to worry about losing clumps of hair from your tactical beard.  The barrel comes threaded for a suppressor, also a novel concept for the brand.

The only thing lacking at the moment is capacity.  Ten rounds of 10mm.  That sufficient but not ideal.  I suspect Hi-Point will come out with a 20-round extended mag for the 1095TS like they did for their 9mm and .45 ACP variants.

A nice beard-resistant cheek piece.  No longer will your beard hair get torn out.

Two color options. Matte black and camo from RealTree Edge.

Hi-Point was also showing off their 20-round extended mags for 9mm and .45 ACP.

Pricing

At a retail price of $389, this is the one to beat. I hope the rest of the industry catches up, but until they do, this is in a class of its own.  Can’t wait to get one in-house for testing.

For more information, make sure you visit HiPointFirearms.com.

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About the author: Clay Martin is a former Marine and Green Beret, retiring out of 3rd Special Forces Group. He is a multi-decade and -service sniper, as well as 3-Gun competitor and Master ranked shooter in USPSA Production. In addition to writing about guns, he is the author of “Last Son of The War God,” a novel about shooting people that deserve it. You can also follow him on twitter, @offthe_res or his website, Off-The-Reservation.com

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  • Ryan February 8, 2018, 7:23 pm

    Unless you’re a hater, hi point is well known for their reliability, too.

  • BobDole February 7, 2018, 11:32 pm

    Everyone talking about glock mags must not be too familiar with the brand…

  • Canon McGarry February 7, 2018, 10:12 pm

    I looked into the hipoint a few years ago. But too heavy… Then i ran accross TNW firearms ASR pcc and was sold. Lightweight, breaks down very fast, fits in an xl pistol case. And TNW came out with their 10mm conversion last year. So technically hipoint isnt leading the charge… im sure there’s gotta be more 10mm out there prior to the tnw and hipoint…

  • Mike Burcke February 7, 2018, 9:02 pm

    I have a Hi-Point 9mm carbine, and absolutely love it. Most fun and useful thing I have ever owned. Absolutely reliable, too. I will HAVE to have one of these in 10mm….that caliber puts this carbine in the serious weapon catagory, especially if used with Underwood Ammo/Lehigh Defense Extreme Defender or Extreme Hunter loads. Wow. This 10mm is no toy.

  • nick February 7, 2018, 7:02 pm

    i do not think it is legal here in the west coast because of the threaded barrel. i would love to have one.

  • rob February 7, 2018, 6:59 pm

    At this price point I’d snag one, (or 3). Be nice if they’d offer a collapsible stock option with a 16″ barrel. Make for a nice little backpack gun. They seem to have nailed it with this one. 10 round proprietary mags? Stupid. Should’ve just mated it with Glock mags, (no brainer).

    • Randy Crawford February 7, 2018, 7:35 pm

      Adaptable to Glock mags would likely triple sales.

    • BobDole February 7, 2018, 11:19 pm

      Hi-Point has been around for a long time, longer than most people realize, and they have always used proprietary mags. They’re the opposite of high end fancy highly engineered guns. But, they’re reliable as all get out, fairly accurate and precise too. A couple of other companies make higher capacity mags for them, I think there’s even a couple of drum mags

  • Edward Allen February 7, 2018, 3:25 pm

    I like the hi-point. It is a good shooter and fun as all get out. Extremely reliable. My only complaint is that they are an absolute pain in the A@@ to clean. The take down to do a thorough cleaning is way more difficult than it should be.

    Probably why the recommend the first cleaning to be at 500 rounds. You don’t want to be cleaning this one every 50 to 100 rounds.

  • Bill Sixx February 7, 2018, 2:04 pm

    When I bought one, a US Marine saw it in my hands and said “That thing looks K-Mart as hell”.
    I offered to redesign the cheap, waxy stock for Hi-Point but they wouldn’t even talk to me. I bought two of them, but tossed the cheap waxy stocks and made new ones for both. I used to love my Feather Industries AT-9 until the communist trash in the Peoples Republik of Kaliforniastan outlawed it. These are similar, but legal……for now.

  • Lopaka Kanaka February 7, 2018, 1:43 pm

    Next is a 40 or 45 Super carbine with more horse power for hunting. The 40 Super fly 1800 fps and 625 f lb from a small pistol
    round. I have a 460 Rowland carbine and a 38 super carbine from Metech in Montana and it has lots of horse power for most
    game.

  • markle laws February 7, 2018, 1:37 pm

    A 6 pound single stage trigger pull is not acceptable. Lower the weight to 3-4 pounds crisp trigger pull add a low power scope mount for 70+ fear old eyes and I’ll buy one. Until then I’ll stick with my Glock 10mm with fixed sights and a 3.5 pound trigger poll with it’s extended capacity mags(yes I have more than 1 mag since I live in N.C.). The price is right but I hope it will handle all bullet weights (155-200 gr).

  • jose Ramon February 7, 2018, 12:59 pm

    Who sells the 1095ST in the Seattle area?

  • James Eric February 7, 2018, 12:41 pm

    Just give kel-tec some time and I’m sure they will copy this pcc to take glock mags. Sub 2000 or such.

  • Norm Fishler February 7, 2018, 12:12 pm

    It is not available as compatible with a double stack mags because that would require a complete re-engineering of their basic platform.

    • Deadmeat99 February 7, 2018, 1:13 pm

      I’m not sure even a complete re-engineering of Hi Point would save the brand from junk status.

  • John Bibb February 7, 2018, 12:03 pm

    ***
    How ’bout Hi Point making their carbine in a .30 cal M-1 Carbine round creation? Although–it probably couldn’t be a straight blow back gun anymore. A carbine using an intermediate power round rocks!
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    Rocketman
    ***

  • Dustin Eward February 7, 2018, 11:15 am

    Made my own 10mm frankengun a few years back. Never could figure out why nobody was doing this…

  • ZACK February 7, 2018, 11:11 am

    Everyone complains on this site lol.
    At this price point, who cares what mags it uses. This thing is affordable enough that you can actually buy ammo for it.

    • FirstStateMark February 7, 2018, 2:17 pm

      I agree Zack.

  • Steve Warren February 7, 2018, 10:35 am

    I really like the idea of a 10 mm carbine. But why didn’t they design it to use some other commonly available magazine, like a Glock? Why go to the trouble and expense of designing and manufacturing a magazine when proven off the shelf magazines are available? I’m sure there is a reason, I just cannot figure what it might be.

    • Frank February 7, 2018, 11:50 am

      Kriss Vector Carbine comes in a 10mm and takes Glock mags. These have a different look but shoot really balanced and take down very easy. I personally own the 9mm, 10mm and 45ACP versions in standard configurations.

      • Chester Dow III February 7, 2018, 3:58 pm

        Dude, they’re $1500!

    • BobDole February 7, 2018, 11:28 pm

      It’s not like this is their first rodeo, more than likely this is a redesign of their .40S&W design to accept the longer more powerful 10mmAuto.
      They’ve been around since 1992 so it’s not like they’re new at this. Plus if you’ve ever seen their design up close you’d realize there’s no way to make them compatible with glock mags without a major redesign. Look for someone to copy for about $800 within a few months

  • Joe February 7, 2018, 9:58 am

    The one weakness with Hi-Point carbines is the anemically low magazine capacity.

  • DrThunder88 February 7, 2018, 7:20 am

    It’s a bit disappointing Hi-Point didn’t build these to use Glock 20 or EAA Witness magazines.

  • Mike V February 7, 2018, 6:36 am

    Cool, beard friendly cheek peice.
    The one thing I don’t like about ARs with collapsible stocks, always get plucked once or twice a range session.
    Of course I expect a fixed stock anything to be beard friendly.

  • Edward M Pate February 7, 2018, 5:52 am

    Would love to see them make a handgun version by modifying the 40 S&W JCP!

    • BobDole February 7, 2018, 11:29 pm

      I’ll second that! I thought about trying some home adjustments to one for just those purposes. With the warranty, even if I messed up I wouldn’t be out anything!!

  • Steve in Detroit February 7, 2018, 5:05 am

    After this long I am surprised that no one has come up with a after market stock that except’s a double stack single feed mag such as a, I don’t know maybe Glock Magazine? With the sheer number of these things out there you would recoup the $80-$100 K for tooling pretty quick. I am not referring to the HTA Bullpup stock, just a replacement along the lines of the 1 that sorta looks like a Beretta Storm that is on market. That should have been made to take Glock mags. My 2 cent’s.

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