Hi-Point 45 ACP Carbine in Camo Gun Review

By Mike Searson
Live fire gun review of the Hi-Point 45 ACP Carbine with the desert digital camo stock, model 4595TS DD.

Hi-Point 45 ACP Carbine
Hi-Point 45 ACP Carbine
Mike Searson
Mike Searson

USA –  -(Ammoland.com)- Pistol caliber carbines are one of those firearm types that shooters either love or hate.

Detractors scoff at the thought of firing a pistol cartridge from a rifle, holding that a rifle should be chambered in a rifle round. Adherents hold that it is a stop gap measure delivering superb ballistics over a pistol and improving accuracy.

Hi-Point’s 45 ACP Carbine is a design that most shooters seem to love. Our first exposure to the Hi-Point carbine was nearly 20 years ago in California.

A private agency tasked with teaching police cadets had a dilemma with regard to rifle training. None of the principals were active duty law enforcement and could not get an exception to train with what California and the Federal Government at the time considered an “Assault Weapon”. Furthermore the agency was in a start-up mode and could not afford the neutered alternatives.

They went with the Hi-Point carbine in 9mm. Curious as to its performance, when we asked them how they ran; they said that they were very impressed. We shot one on the range and felt it had potential, but never got around to picking one up.

Hi-Point 45 ACP Carbine in Camo

MKS Supply changed that by sending us a Hi-Point 45 ACP Carbine in Camo, model 4595 DSD. This is a carbine chambered in 45 ACP finished in a Digital Desert Camo scheme. We wanted to give this carbine a good work out. Since it wasn’t a personally owned piece, but a loaner, we did not run it over with a HUMMVEE, drop it out of a helicopter, set it on fire or use it to batter down doors.

Instead our good friends at Freedom Munitions sent us 500 rounds so we could shoot the hell out of it.

Hi Point 45 Carbine in Camo
Hi Point 45 Carbine in Camo

Hi-Point 45 ACP Carbine in Camo : The Good

Hi Point 45 Carbine Front Ghost Ring Sights
Hi Point 45 Carbine Front Ghost Ring Sights

Just like their pistol the Hi Point JHP 45 ACP Handgun, we fired at least 50 mags full of ammo through this carbine without a single hiccup. We rung steel at 50 yards with it and achieved single hole groups at 50 feet.

At first the camo paint job made us chuckle, but it grew on us as did the performance of the carbine. Another bonus is that the carbine has plenty of rail space if you wish to add lights, lasers, fore grips, etc.

The carbine runs the same magazines as the JHP-45 pistol, so if you own the pistol, you can interchange the magazines.

Action is blowback and that is good enough for all of our favorite Gen-2 Subguns so it works well here. There is a recoil buffer inside the stock that is said to aid in recoil reduction, too.

The factory ghost ring sights are adjustable and highly usable. They may look a little fragile at first, but we found them to be very robust.

Hi-Point 45 ACP Carbine in Camo Factory Ghost Ring Sights
Hi Point 45 ACP Carbine in Camo Factory Ghost Ring Sights

Hi-Point 45 ACP Carbine in Camo : The Bad

Even though magazines are available, they are a single-stack, 9-round type. This is ok, but it is no longer 1994. We have seen an extended magazine available within the past several weeks, but have yet to try it.

Disassembly looks like rocket surgery. There are clips holding pins and it does not conform to our comfort zone. On loaner guns that have to go back (or get shipped out to a winner in one of AmmoLand's giveaways!) we prefer to keep them free of our exploratory investigations that conjure up profanities instilled by over 4 decades as a native New Yorker, Marine, construction worker, bouncer and being of Irish descent when they need to go back together!

The rails are the Weaver type and suspect there may be problems attaching certain accessories that are designed for Mil-Spec Picatinny systems. Removal of the factory rear sight does not look like a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon, either.

Lastly is the weight, which is fine for keeping down recoil and if you walk 50 feet from your car to the firing line: not a big deal. If we had to walk 10 or more miles with this, we would prefer a better caliber.

Hi-Point 45 ACP Carbine left side
Hi-Point 45 ACP Carbine left side

Hi-Point 45 ACP Carbine in Camo : The Reality

Shooters looking for a good quality and highly reliable carbine in 45 ACP will find a lot to like about Hi Point’s 4595 DSD. There are a small number of law enforcement agencies using these carbines (or the 40 S&W or 9mm equivalents) for situations that require more accuracy than a handgun without the hazards of using rifle calibers or shotgun loads, like taking down a drug lab with potential chemical and fire hazards.

We would like to see a slightly higher-end version with true Picatinny rails, a threaded barrel for use with a silencer and perhaps a staggered double-stack magazine that takes Glock 21 magazines. However, the company has a successful formula in what they are producing and probably sees no need to change what is obviously a winning solution for them.

Hi-Point 45 ACP Carbine in Camo :

  • Barrel length: 16.5″
  • Overall length: 31″
  • Weight: 6.25 lbs.
  • Capacity: 9-shot
  • MSRP: $392 !!!

About Mike Searson

Mike Searson's career as a shooter began as a Marine Rifleman at age 17. He has worked in the firearms industry his entire adult life as a Gunsmith, Ballistician, Consultant, Salesman, Author and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1989.

Mike has written over 2000 articles for a number of magazines, websites and newsletters including Blade, RECOIL, OFF-GRID, Tactical Officer, SWAT, Tactical World, Gun Digest, Examiner.com and the US Concealed Carry Association as well as AmmoLand Shooting Sports News.

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I bought mine after having seen the price at a gun store. I love the desert camo so I got the 45 ACP. I put the red dot on it and have it zeroed. Now it’s my gun of choice when Im hog hunting.. the clowns out there all about $ don’t know what they are missing. Fun to shoot and fun to own. Thanks to HP for makeing the blue collar guy a fun reliable carbine.

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Glen J Floe

Just received my 4595 hi point carbine, love it but had to ajust rear sight all the way left inorder to get near zero, dont like that, has anyone else had that problem and is their a fix?

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mayor

make sure the front sight is in line. I had to do the same thing with mine until i realized that the front sight was canted. there are 2 allen head screws holding the sight to the barrel. doesn’t take much movement to line it up.

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jim MC donald

my son would like one for hog hunting with the 220gr max exp 1025 fps sub bullets from lee hi defense what is the twist rate on this rifle and will it stabilize sub ammo with a can at 50 to 70 yrds.thanks

Mikial
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Mikial

I am a Hi Point fan and have owned their handguns in .380, 9mm and .45. I currently own a .45 pistol and carbine.

Great guns, and if you have an issue, all you have to do is call and they take very good care of you.

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Parson

I have to agree with the article, for the price point, i was amazed at the reliability. I have the 9mm, and it has been a blast to shoot. Cleaning it was a nightmare the first couple of times, but once you get the routine down, it becomes easier each time, and almost feels natural. She is HEAVY when fully loaded, and yes, i wouldn’t want to take a 10 mile hike with this caliber, if I was going to do that, I would pick something more substantial… lol… Highly recommended for the particular usage mentioned in the article.

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David Reinhart

I pretty much agree with everything in this review. I have the .40 S&W version of this carbine. My aging eyes don’t like the ghost ring sights so I mounted a TruGlo red dot (a red dot is also available from the factor). It groups extremely well @ 50 yards and recoil is virtually non-existent. I bought this firearm because I also own a S&W Shield in ..40 caliber and wanted a complimentary long gun. The price point ($300 for the black TS version w/ghost ring sights) made it extremely attractive. I have no regrets about the purchase. Everybody who… Read more »

Parson
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Parson

Have you noticed the black one looks kind of like the guns used in the movie Planet of the apes??? and some of them in StarshipTroopers.

The Rifleman
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The Rifleman

Although I personally don’t like the camo finish on this rifle, everything else considered, I think this is a very nice semi-auto rifle, and I would be very happy to own one of these Hi-Point rifles, and especially in .45 ACP caliber. According to the author, it’s very reliable and accurate, and I think a guy would be hard pressed to find anything comparable, and especially not at that price.