Passed: Tom Deeb, Founder & Former Owner of Hi-Point Firearms

Passed: Tom Deeb, Founder & Former Owner of Hi-Point Firearms
Passed: Tom Deeb, Founder & Former Owner of Hi-Point Firearms
MKS & Hi Point
MKS & Hi Point

USA – -(Ammoland.com)-  It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of “Tom” Deeb, founder and former owner of Hi-Point Firearms on March 21, 2016.

Tom was enjoying semi-retirement in Texas.

The loss that is felt by his family (several of whom work at Hi-Point Firearms), and his many friends, cannot be put into words. Tom was an extraordinarily smart and accomplished entrepreneur who built a company that still represents the fair practices and honest principles he implemented in establishing it.

Deeb and Hi-Point Firearms was recently the subject of a feature article in the NRA’s American Rifleman, May, 2015.

Tom was involved in many organizations. He most enjoyed working with his many friends, law enforcement personnel, and The Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE).

Tom had an unwavering desire to always do the right thing, and this principle will be continued by the current Hi-Point owner Mike Strassell, who has been a business partner with Tom for 30 years.

“Tom Deeb founded Beemiller, the manufacturer of Hi-Point Firearms. Tom delivered a revolutionary line of economical, robust, reliable and accurate forearms. More importantly though, Tom was a great personal friend of our company and family for decades and will be greatly missed by us all.”–Charles Brown, President, MKS Supply, LLC.
Tom Deeb was very involved in many organizations promoting and protecting the Second Amendment, hunting rights and the firearm industry. Tom was a veteran of the U.S. Airforce, 1972-1976 serving in SE Asia.
Hi-Point is one of the largest gun manufactures in the United States will continue manufacturing under the ownership of Mike Strassell who was a business partner and friend of Deeb’s for over 30 years.
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mark richardson
mark richardson
4 years ago

thomas deeb accomplished what the rich never wanted to see materialize. probably wasn’t a coincidence cheap firearms makers were never successful at manufacturing a decent firearm at a decent price. i began researching the death of mr. deeb, because as a new hi point owner, i became interested in who’s behind this, and made it a reality. that’s when i came across the name thomas deeb, a saint running a company selling firearms so the poor don’t have to live in fear of the uneducated filth that resides on our avenues. a reason i feel those evil devils killed thomas… Read more »

Chris Scholtes
Chris Scholtes
4 years ago

Rest in peace to a great American innovator and a true businessman. I own his products, but never met the man.
However, I have read a lot about his company, his work ethic and the great legacy he has worked to build.

My prayers and sympathies to his family, friends and former cooworkers.

James Villman
James Villman
5 years ago

For more than 20 years my company sold some of the plastic resin that Tom used in his guns. I spoke with Tom on the phone many, many times and visited him in Mansfield on at least six different occasions. His picture is on the “Wall of Fame” of customers in my office. Tom was a wonderful gentleman and a fine person to do business with. I was planning another trip to Mansfield this summer when I learned that he had passed away. Tom still made frequent trips to Hi-Point Firearms to help with the transition. I was so shocked… Read more »

Ralph Harkey
Ralph Harkey
5 years ago

Funny how things work out. I have just become heavily interested in handguns. I have done a tremendous amount of research and review. I had never even heard of Hi-point (pros or cons) until about a week ago. It was almost like I was drawn to them in some way. Tonight, while conducting more research on Hi-point, I came across this obituary. My prayers are with family and friends. I regret not knowing the man behind the gun. I have made up my mind for my first handgun purchase. My first round through it will be in honor and memory… Read more »

Richard Hitchcox
Richard Hitchcox
5 years ago

RIP my friend. I considered Tom to be a friend and helper to law enforcement. Tom was especially helpful to forensic firearms examiners, and he touched many of our lives in a very special way. He was a good man to drink a beer with while picking his brain for information about firearms. Tom will be sorely missed by those who knew him.

Carroll Pilant
Carroll Pilant
5 years ago

I knew Tom and he was a great guy and will be missed by many.

MIKE JAMES
MIKE JAMES
5 years ago

I have a 45 hi-point. I also own a couple of 45s that cost 5 times as much. The hi-point isnt as much fun to shoot. but never has jammed. I carry it in my tacklebox. Very good weapons for the money.

BIGHOLMES
BIGHOLMES
5 years ago

HIS WEAPONS MAY NOT BE FOR GUN SNOBS, BUT THEY WORK GREAT AND THE WARRANTY IS THE BEST!!!
HE MANAGED TO PRODUCE A PRODUCT THAT THE AVERAGE WORKING MAN COULD AFFORD.
HE MADE MANY PEOPLE MORE SAFE IN THEIR HOMES!!!!
RIP
WELL DONE THOU GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT…..

TEX
TEX
5 years ago

RIP !

William M Butler MSG USA ret
William M Butler MSG USA ret
5 years ago
Reply to  TEX

Amen