To Yeet or Not to Yeet, the Hi-Point ‘Name-The-Nine’ Situation

No Yeet Cannon? Why, Hi-Point, Why? Even HK wants to yeet with you. (Photo: Hi-Point/Facebook)

Hi-Point Firearms, the humble American budget gun maker, decided to make a splash in the high-speed, low-drag black gun market at the top of this year with a to-be-named suppressor-ready tactical mid-size pistol for…giggles?

Yes and no. Sure, the idea of picking up a tacticool Hi-Point suppressor host that costs less than a tax stamp is funny and charming, but it’s also the company’s way of saying that they make serious guns that can deliver performance in a demanding sector full of demanding users.

Of course we can’t know how well the upcoming handgun will do until it becomes available, and before Hi-Point can start selling the gun, they’re going to have to name it. What do you call Hi-Point’s newest elite tactical pro operator model? Not even Hi-Point had the answer to that question, so the company turned to help from the internet with the hashtag Namethe9, i.e. #Namethe9.

Hi-Point issued an open request for names from fans and would-be buyers to come up with a name, and after weeks of submissions and voting, four names rose to the top, Student of the Gun, the Problem Solver, We Like Shooting and the Yeet Cannon.

Then in the latest round of voting, neither the PS9 nor the YC9 made the list. The internet would have no part in that. And in rare form, neither would industry leader Heckler & Koch.

In one sense, it’s understandable for a company to choose not to pick a brand that has negative implications, which is the case for the Problem Solver, but yeet?

Yeet is a slang expression for joy, like “yolo” and “woot,” and is defined by dictionary.com as “an exclamation of excitement, approval, surprise, or all-around energy often as issued when doing a dance move or throwing something.”

HK says “Good things to come. Great success. Yeet.” (Photo: HK/Facebook)

Hi-Point’s social media pages were instantly bombarded with thousands of angry posts by people who would settle for nothing less than a Yeet Cannon of their own. Heckler & Koch upped the ante by announcing a special edition MK23 Yeet Cannon and a side-by-side photo shoot with Hi-Point.

“Please take some advice from someone who doesn’t listen to their customers, you really really should,” said H&K’s Social Media Girl. “Swallow your pride, get out your crayons, and write a letter to your legions of almost new customers and call it the YC-9.

“We promise to do a collaborative photoshoot with you. We will bring a MK23 specially marked YC-45. This is not a joke. The powers of 2 Yeet Cannons, the original and the little brother, would be unstoppable.”

Facing insurmountable pressure, Hi-Point has reconsidered the Yeet Cannon, the clear leader of all the names submitted, against the second-place runner up.

A final vote will pit two names, the Yeet Cannon and the to-be-determined candidate, head to head. The vote begins on June 25 and runs through July 15. While the opposition hasn’t been determined, it will have to be a stellar title to beat the Yeet Cannon with all of its momenta now.

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About the author: Max Slowik is a writer with over a dozen years of experience and is a lifelong shooter. He has unwavering support for the Second Amendment and the human right to self-defense. His ambition is to follow Thomas Paine, as a journalist by profession and a propagandist by inclination.

{ 11 comments… add one }
  • Bob Hodge August 6, 2020, 11:57 am

    FU cannon 9mm. For all the nay sayers out there about the yeet cannnon.

  • Thomas Flynn July 19, 2019, 2:22 pm

    Is any retailer maintaining a waiting list to purchase this Hi-Point? I believe the demand will be fairly high once they are available for sale. A larger retailer that can work out a deal with Hi-Point will probably do very well. Please let me know so I can be first on the list.

    Tom Flynn

  • Ray July 18, 2019, 1:20 pm

    Why not HQBB9 high quality budget based 9? They do make very reasonable products that do the job
    Intended without breaking the bank

  • Yeet Cannon "I am inevitable" June 25, 2019, 9:50 pm

    Vote for Yeet Cannon YC9 name on
    hi-pointfirearms.com through July 15.

  • allfour1 June 22, 2019, 11:46 am

    High Point isn’t for me; but imaginative, break from the mold marketing works for many products. And if they sold more, that generates capital to create additional designs. Instead of downgrading a companies efforts, let them play the game differently.
    I can think of some foreign cars that made that hurdle. . .the very same way.

  • Brian Wall June 22, 2019, 4:16 am

    How about “UP YOURS”? This seems entirely appropriate, as Hi-Point gets no respect from people who have never even fired one of their products, but still like to mouth off. They’re ugly. They’re clunky. But, THEY WORK! Not everyone has thousands of dollars to spend on a super-slick firearm. Nor do those folks need a competition gun. They’re too busy putting food on the table to feed their family to enter competitions. I only own one of their products, a pistol-caliber carbine. It’s a pain in the butt to field-strip, but it’s accurate and has never malfunctioned. Just my 2-cents.

    Cheers!
    Splice

  • Kevin Baxter June 21, 2019, 2:26 pm

    I guess they did not like my recommendation: HST-9 for hot, steaming, turd.
    I really would be embarrassed if my firearm was a High Point, which really should be named Low Point.

    • John L June 21, 2019, 8:39 pm

      Forget the weapon. You should be embarrassed for being an elitist shit poster denigrating an American gun producer.

  • Will Drider June 21, 2019, 2:21 pm

    I guess “Designer” Brick on a Stick didn’t make the cut. Neither did ‘UBR”: ugly but reliable. All in all, it is a n improvement over the old design. Keep the price point and make money.

  • Steve in Detroit June 21, 2019, 8:51 am

    It should have been BB9. Blow Back 9. I’ll stick with a Browning design thank you.

  • Link Lackluster June 21, 2019, 8:27 am

    The mockers will mock.

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