During my charity self defense days, I chose only those in extremely dire financial straits as students. If they had money, they could afford to pay for a standard course of instruction.
This meant I would have to pay for just about everything needed for the self defense course out of my own pocket. Safety equipment, ammunition, targets, range time. All came out of my meager disposable income.
One thing I would never do was give away firearms.
The reason for this is way obvious, as the potential liability was too great if the gift would be used in an irresponsible manner. Besides the fact that I am hardly made of money myself, and guns are rather expensive.
This means my students would train in the classroom and at the range using my firearms, under my close supervision of course, but then would have to obtain their own guns to provide for their defense. This resulted in a lot of old family heirlooms being cleaned up, checked out, and put into service. Long after the original owners had become less than memories, their firearms would still be safeguarding the lives of their descendants.
But sometimes there were no old guns lurking in attics, or tucked away and forgotten in basements. When that occurred my students would buy new, but they didn’t have a lot of cash to spend. So they would try to something that was serviceable, effective, and devoid of expensive extras. I would suggest Hi Point firearms.
Ugly, blocky, clunky, heavy. All these things and more. And yet they were also reliable, dependable, and chambered for effective calibers. Although they look like they will come apart after but a few shots, they are rated for +P ammunition in case you want to load up something with extra punch.
And they are inexpensive! At the time of this writing in 2017, one can buy a brand new, factory fresh Hi Point chambered for the 9mm Parabellum cartridge for about $200.0 USD (£155.00). Those chambered for the adequate .380 ACP cartridge are even less dear, with a new model coming in at $180.0 USD (£140.00).
Can one get a better gun for more money? Yeah, sure, of course one can get a better gun for more money! But you can’t get any better for this kind of money!
Bottom line is that a lot of my students were able to live their lives free from fear due to Hi Points. But one thing I never knew was that they are just about indestructible!
Watch to the end. You won’t believe that the gun can still function, but it still goes bang.
Keep in mind that I don’t recommend anyone treat their firearms the way that the gun in the video was treated, so viewer discretion is advised.