As anyone who has spent any time at all on this blog (or, “blawg” as some describe legal blogs) ought to know by now, I like the heck out of Hi-Point pistols as should any cheapskate who likes firearms.
Yes, Hi-Points are cheap and reliable. They are also as ugly as homemade sin. By the way, you can read a somewhat comprehensive list of the pros and cons by clicking here. That list is all based on opinion, of course, but there are some things to consider in there (I hope).
At any rate, it is cheap and easy to do a little something to dress up a Hi-Point. If you look at my Hi-Point JHP .45 ACP pistol in the above photo, you’ll notice the lettering for the pistol logo, model and such is all in white. That information is relief-stamped in black on the slide, but I think that information looks a lot better when it’s painted white and brought out.
So, how can those letter be brought out? It’s a simple process that takes just a few minutes. The first thing to do is head off to the local Wal-Mart (or wherever you can buy stuff for cheap) and pick up some nail polish (I like white, but use whatever color you want) and non-acetone fingernail polish remover (the non-acetone remover is very important — it will prevent you from damaging your gun).
Admittedly, it felt odd walking through Wal-Mart with some nail polish, but I kept reminding myself I needed it to paint my gun. That’s good and manly, isn’t it? Of course, my daughter was thrilled to get my unused nail polish, but that’s another story.
Anyway, apply the nail polish to the lettering and logo on this pistol, let dry for about five minutes and then wipe it off with a paper towel soaked with the non-acetone remover. Keep rubbing and using new paper towels until all the nail polish is removed, and don’t get panic — it will come off with plenty of rubbing.
And, that’s it. Use that technique to improve your mags if you want, too. That’s a small step, but those Hi-Points need all the help they can get in the looks department.
While I would love to claim I came up with this Hi-Point idea on my own, the truth is I got it from the following YouTube video:
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