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.
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.
- 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
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.
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.