High Points and 1911s

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With the season of depression, dread, cold, wind, and icy roads upon us, these two videos should help make it bearable because of their humor. Unless you live in Florida, then everything is coming up roses!

Both of these videos are starting to make their rounds on social media and I couldn’t stop laughing at both of them. The first one is by the same guy who made the SCAR fine versus gross motor skills, Phuc Long. He does an outstanding act of playing into the stereotypical Asian not speaking English very well, although he himself has an excellent command of the language. Either way I think it just adds to the hilarity that ensues. Basically he covers 1911 malfunctions, going through a failure to fire, double feed, stove pipe, etc… And then he tells of an all covering malfunction procedure that will fix any 1911, in any circumstance, by throwing the 1911 at the target, and then pulling out his Glock 17 and continuing to fire! Now, I’m a huge 1911 guy, I love them to death and have three of them myself. But I’ll be the first to admit that I wouldn’t carry one in a legitimate environment of any sort, resorting to my Sig 229 with a light, and my S&W Shield for concealed carry.

The second video is much shorter, with no narrative and is about the Hi-Point handgun and how to properly unbox it. The poor Hi-Point takes so much flak in the firearms world, it’s not even funny. Still, it is the cheapest/reliable pistol for gun owners who might not be able to afford a better handgun. I’ve included some of the HI-Point memes circulating around the internet as well, if you haven’t seen some of these.

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Miles V

Former Infantry Marine, and currently studying at Indiana University. I’ve written for Small Arms Review and Small Arms Defense Journal, and have had a teenie tiny photo that appeared in GQ. Specifically, I’m very interested in small arms history, development, and Military/LE usage within the Middle East, and Central Asia.

If you want to reach out, let me know about an error I’ve made, something I can add to the post, or just talk guns and how much Grunts love naps, hit me up at miles@tfb.tv


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  • Don Ward

    Phuc Long is the firearm hero we not only want but deserve.

    • Don Ward

      Also, since some folks seem not to be that quick on the uptake. The name “Phuc Long”? It is a double entendre (pronounced Double In-Ten-Der-Eee if you’re from the Midwest).

      • Bill

        …or if you like country music, it’s just called a dirty joke.

      • Giolli Joker

        Apparently Phuc Long* is also the name of a real “coffe & tea house” in Vietnam.

        Anyway, this guy is great fun. The musical “what it’s best” is hilarious!

        *in reality it’s not pronounced as we all would think, not unlike the poor Vietnamese/Australian guy having troubles on Facebook for his (very real) name: Phuc Dat Bich

  • Christopher Barnett

    “legitimate environment”

    Is that in the tacti-lingo now? How does it differ from an illegitimate environment? And what makes it a 1911-no-go zone?

    I am intrigued.

    • Creepermoss

      I’m scratching my head, too. I guess the thousands of military personnel that carried
      the 1911 over it’s lifetime never had to enter a zone of “legitimate” danger.

      • Don Ward

        Psssst. It’s a “parody”. Shhhh. Don’t tell anyone. It’s supposed to be a secret. Also… *looks around furtively*… 1911 fanboys are oftentimes kind of overly sensitive about their favorite handgun.

        • supergun

          1911 has saved more lives than any other pistol. My Desert Eagle 1911 shot bullets in bullet holes the first time I shot it, and I am just an average shot.

      • CommonSense23

        Would you choose to carry a M1 Garand as your primary rifle in Iraq right now?

        • Bill

          Is there a reason I shouldn’t? Other than the ability to spray a lot of bullets?

          I’m surprised every time i pick one up, just how not-cumbersome it is.

          • CommonSense23

            Well less accurate than modern rifles, can’t utilize modern propellants, less reliable in the field due to the action.

          • Bill

            Sorry, I keep forgetting that this is all satire and comedy.

        • Sulaco

          They are still carrying its little brother the M14…

          • CommonSense23

            Yeah, cause it’s cheap, not cause it’s good.

          • Twilight sparkle

            If it’s not good then why was it chosen to be placed in a DMR role? Lots of people in Vietnam wanted to keep the m14 over the m16… everything has its own strength and weakness.
            Plus if you didn’t see the article France is still using plenty of ac556s from the 70’s and they don’t seem to have a problem with them.

          • iksnilol

            Because they had a bunch of M14s to convert. Converting is cheaper than buying new.

            The modernized M14s are getting phased out for the AR stile 308 DMRs.

          • Twilight sparkle

            But the m14s worked perfectly fine, the only two reasons they’re switching over to ar style 308 rifles is to shorten time required on training and they have a few more aftermarket options for modernising them later.

          • iksnilol

            You also forgot how basically the MK11 and whatnot are superior in all ways. Lighter, more precise, easier optic mounting, more reliable due to being closed, more intensive maintenance in regards to maintaining precision (no need to glass bed an AR).

            I get romance, but I am being realistic about it. You can press something to do something, but you can also get something that’s more effective. I can use my AKM past 400 meters, but I got stuff that’ll do the job better which I’ll rather use.

          • Twilight sparkle

            You might want to check your numbers, a loaded m14 weighs a hair less than an unloaded sr25. And regular off the shelf m14s as opposed to the heavier m14 in an alumin chassis were still being used for stand off ordinance disposal not that long ago. You’re reliability statements are highly arguable, the m14 uses a gas piston system not too dissimilar from the Kalashnikov pattern of rifles which are well known for their reliability, plus the ar10 needs the closed system, when the dust cover pops open it exposes the gas chamber ports in the bolt carrier and if sand or other debris were to blow into that area and clog up the gas rings that could be very bad…

            The ar10 system does have its benefits, but the m14 isn’t completely outdated either. Realistically they’re both more than good enough for what the military needs.

          • iksnilol

            A loaded M14 weighs probably less, an MK14 EBR sure as heck doesn’t.

            Not really arguable, did you see InRange TV’s comparison? They ran an AR and M14 in the same conditions, the M14 choked. This is because the receiver is open, allowing debris and whatnot to get in and clog it. The AR exposes a small bit of the interior when the dust cover opens, in contrast, the M14 doesn’t have a dust cover. The entire thing is exposed 24/7. The AK is somewhat similar but not really, it is an evolution, it closed the receiver and simplified the gas system a ton (no exposed op rod for instance).

            So my statements aren’t really arguable. They are simply rooted in fact.

          • Sulaco

            World spanning ego much?

          • ostiariusalpha

            No, he’s just right & TwiSpark is wrong. It’s not a matter of ego.

          • iksnilol

            None, but I got the numbers from people who build them, who shoot them and those holy individuals maintaining them.

            How many MP44s has Nathaniel F. carried in combat? Yet he can still write about it. Same thing here, except I don’t get paid.

            I don’t really consider myself particularily prideful or humble. So I don’t see your point about how humble I am.

          • jcitizen

            My TAC NCO witnessed that M14s had a receiver rail bolt roller defect, but it was a tough nut to diagnose, and they thought it was an op rod problem. Whatever flaws the weapon had, they had already lost the confidence of many of the troops in the field. None of my cousins or my uncle was ever issued an M14 again, and it wasn’t missed.

          • CommonSense23

            Cause it was far quicker and cheaper to bring the rifles out of mothball than try and start a competition to field a new 7.62 rifle. It cost the military something around a grand to accurize a M14 versus 3 grand to get a new AR10. And could be done immediately versus taking years. The AR 10s are going to be far more accurate and reliable, and typically lighter. The AR platform is far superior the M1/M14 platform. Reliability, cost, accuracy.
            And as for Vietnam. You ever wonder why Special Operations. The guys who could pic their guns, always have photos of them rocking M16s, not M14s. Why they dumped the M14 so quick. How its always the guys who are the least trained who say the M14 was better?

          • Twilight sparkle

            The ar10 has the potential to be more accurate but realistically both are perfectly well suited to the task they’ll be placed into, regular off the shelf m14s would still work great for stand off ordinance disposal in wars where a lot of what our service men and women are fighting is IEDs, by the way m14s are quite a bit lighter than something like a sr25. As far as reliability goes we could debate the operating system of each gun but realistically it’s not going to matter that much, and for cost there’s still plenty of serviceable m14s in a warehouse somewhere and plenty extra for spare parts.

            Spec ops guys in Vietnam also used ruger mark II pistols with hush puppy suppressors, just because spec ops uses something doesn’t mean it’s the best thing for infantry, though I will agree that m16s are much better suited for modern infantry that doesn’t change the fact that m14s still have a place putting big holes in things where an m4 or m16 just won’t cut it.

          • CommonSense23

            Why do I need a M14 to dispose of IEDs? I can shoot it with tons of different things if I want to. Yes a stock M14 is lighter than a dedicated sniper rifle like a SR25. Lets see what happens when you start updating the rifle to todays standards. It gets substantially heavier.
            And as for reliability. I have carried a MK14 overseas. They jam real easy once things start getting dusty or sandy. And the AR10 doesn’t have the potential to be more accurate. They are more accurate. M14s are not accurate rifles out the box. They can be made accurate, but it isn’t cheap, it doesn’t last, and they lose zero if you look at them wrong. Unlike the AR.
            As for Vietnam. Lets look at the issues. Most of the people who don’t like the AR is caused they didn’t get trained properly on it. They spent all the time training with the M14 stateside and got handed a M16 in Vietnam. Yeah there was going to be problems. Look at the 1st Cav and 101st. Units that recieved and trained with the gun stateside. They experienced none of the major horror stories you hear about the M16 even before the A1 came out and solved the problems. And what exactly does the M14 put big holes into. If a barrier is going to reliably stop a 5.56, especially with today’s rounds. Its most likely going to stop a 7.62 Nato.
            The M14 was a bad rifle when issued. Was a bad rifle as DMR, and is bad rifle to issue currently. Why people want to defend it so badly blows my mind.

          • jcitizen

            My 1st M14 experience was in ROTC in 1975 – I fell in love with the beautiful solid machined steel, and ours had wooden stocks. However my TAC NCO had a beef with them in Vietnam, and he was in love with the M16A1, which he said was a huge asset on ambushes and LRPPs, for the high firepower. So that ended my love affair with the M-14, although the M21 and M25 sniper variants still ring my bell.

          • CommonSense23

            You realize how crappy those M21 and M25 variants were right. The only thing the end user was allowed to do was lock the bolt back and clean the chamber and barrel. You couldn’t jump them or they would lose zero(which was kinda a big deal for the SF they were issued to) and they had to be rebedded every couple thousand rounds.

          • jcitizen

            Personally, I just wanted to hang them on a wall to admire them – I’m glad I never had to use one in the field. I’d probably prefer a Remington M40 or later variant.

          • iksnilol

            The M14 can be precise, if glass bedded. Though your zero is still screwed if you field strip it. And it will also negatively affect the glass bedding.

            Also, checked the weights. They both weigh around 4 kg with the same barrel. My sources were KAC and Springfield Armory. I dare presume the people making the rifles know what they weigh? Or is that arrogant of me as well?

          • Larry

            You sound like you think you know what your writing. Having qualified carried the M14 in Vietnam, I was a whole lot more comfortable with it than a M16 that normally failed, got a lot of GIs killed. As for the M10, they have used the MANY years of problems to learn what is needed to have a reliable rifle. Now as for as the M10 taking over the job, don’t asked the long distance shooters about it, because they are still shooting the OLD bolt guns.
            Sometime, It is better to not say anything and have people wonder whether you are an idiot than open it, as you have here and prove to all you are.

          • CommonSense23

            Disprove anything I just said with facts. Do you really believe the M1/M14 design is better than the AR design?

          • jcitizen

            Hope their target is within pistol range – no Ruger Mini-14 variant I ever shot did better than a 12 ” circle at 75 yards. I think a shotgun would be more effective.

          • Twilight sparkle

            That’s not been my experience but maybe it’s good I didn’t get it either way. Did you ever try using an accu strut?

          • jcitizen

            It was easier to simply trade it for an AR-15. Our local police like to use a fully suppressed full-auto Mini-14 for drug bust entries, where they shoot point blank – sounds like the ticket for them! I’ll never miss the Mini-14 myself. In fact I’d probably rather have a FN PS90 for an entry weapon, if the truth be known.

          • Twilight sparkle

            The ps90 is actually my favorite weapon, I keep one by my bed. My local sheriffs department uses sbr ps90s or p90s for their swat team I’m not too sure which they have to be honest, I know the regular PD people a lot better. But that would make a great entry weapon.

          • jcitizen

            Good to know – I like to know our LEOs have the best! I’m a cheap Charley, so I got an AR-57 upper first. Maybe if I can afford it, I’ll spring for the civilian model FN sbr later.

          • desert

            Bullshyt!

          • CommonSense23

            Why cause it offends your ego to think what you know about firearms is wrong.

          • Core

            It’s not cheap, and it’s better than an M4 for many applications.

          • CommonSense23

            It was cheaper for the military. They had thousands and thousands of them that could be free. The only thing that it can do that a M4 cannot is fire 7.62. Thats why there are AR10s, a better platform.

          • Grindstone50k

            As a support rifle.

        • desert

          You bet your ass…then you can pick off the mooslimes at nearly a mile away, try that with a .223!

          • CommonSense23

            Well you would be better off with a MK12 than you would be a original M1 garand for a while shot.

        • supergun

          Would you carry a flint rock?

      • supergun

        Don’t worry about what he said, opinions are like a$$holes, everyone has one.

    • Jwedel1231

      Its not that hard. It’s an environment conceived out of wedlock. In wartime, its out of warlock 🙂

    • Grindstone50k

      I think legitimate environments is where legitimate rape occurs.

      • Core

        I used a MK14 with NV and Infrared. Made it through training in a dusty environment with no malfunctions and stoppages. Our M4s choked frequently due to magazine issues and extractor issues running dry etc. Had zero issues. Had zero accuracy issues. I would take one versus an M16/4 any day of the week. I’m not sure what you people are citing but I know better. Btw mini14 are used by BOP sentries to make kill shots on prisoners escaping and our local prison converted to M14 from mini14. I don’t think the accuracy issue was the fault of the mini14..

  • SCW

    The Hi-Point 995 is actually a pretty decent gun for the money. I owned one and loved it. The downside is you’re stuck with single stack 10 round mags.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      No

      • Twilight sparkle

        If you want a 9mm carbine it’s basically the only choice, unless you want to build a 9mm ar.

        • The soon-to-be Form 1’ed CZ Scorpion Evo3 in my safe says, “no”.

          • Twilight sparkle

            Some states don’t allow sbrs, plus when I was 19 and I bought mine I couldn’t sbr my guns and the evo wasn’t even stateside yet.

          • Cymond

            Actually, I recently read aablog post. You can file a Form 1 to build a SBR at age 18, you just can’t buy a SBR until 21.
            https://www.guntrustlawyer.com/2015/05/can-an-18-year-old-build-an-sbr-sbs-or-other-nfa-firearm.html

          • Twilight sparkle

            Ehh true… i looked into that when I was first getting ars because 10 inch barrels are sexy, but as far as me buying an sbr-able pistol from a dealer that wasn’t going to happen.

        • nobody

          Other than the Kel Tec Sub2000, the Beretta CX4, the Just Right Carbine (wouldn’t recommend due to requiring tools to disassemble though), the MAC 10 and MAC 11 carbines, that one carbine upper assembly that you use with Glock/1911 frames, and a few other options.

          • Twilight sparkle

            The sub2000 felt weird in my hands to me, like it was splitting in half at the pistol grip or something, the cx4 was too expensive at the time and nowhere to be found, the JRC wasn’t just right for me, macs are even less visually appealing than the hipoint especially the carbine versions, and the glock upper would require that I own a glock and I hate full sized glocks because they feel like a 2×4 in my hands. So I chose the hipoint

            What I really wanted was a ruger pc9 but they’re next to impossible to find and I didn’t want to wait that long

          • Larry

            And everyone you motioned, is at least four times as expensive as the Hi*Point. The Hi Point is reliable and should there ever be a problem, they will repair it for ever, can say that about the others, better keep some cash available to have me, a gunsmith, to get it repaired.
            I will be willing to say more than 95% that put Hi Points down have never even touched one. So if you have not, just keep your put downs about yourself.

          • jcitizen

            My cheap buddies shoot them all the time – never heard any horror stories.

  • Chase Buchanan

    I love the way Phuc Long speaks in that video. The way he varies how fast he talks, it sounds like he’s rapping. He’s amazing.

  • Sulaco

    Huh, guess I better box up the Colt 10mm under my arm right now to be PC, so I can live in that…,ya know “legitimate environment”.

  • Jason Lewis

    Now I know what Christopher Walker with an Asian accent would sound like!

  • Biglou13

    Have you been to North Florida in the winter?

    • Sianmink

      That sounds like some sort of spy codephrase.

      • Grindstone50k

        The sun is shining…

        • USMC03Vet

          The chair is against the wall.

  • Bill

    “I wouldn’t carry one in a legitimate environment of any sort” – Now THAT’S some serious funny right there.

  • RICH

    Phuc Long needs to learn a bit more English and how to speak a bit slower so ‘Americans’ can understand him ! ! …. Seriously, Phuc you… need to slow down a bit ! ! !

    • Bob Edison

      it’s.. a fake accent bro. Guess it worked on you. Let me guess, next you’re gonna tell me that FPSRussia should go back to Russia.

  • plumber576

    I know the HiPoint video is BS because they come in a cardboard box, not something as fancy as plastic.

  • Giolli Joker

    This!

  • Nicholas Chen

    I think he is acting my FPS Russia. It is a forced accent and it is hilarious.

  • Mystick

    What, exactly, is an “illegitimate” environment?

    • TJbrena

      A mistress’s house, of course.

  • Trey

    Hi-Point.. very funny sort of like the Beretta Shot gun owners sneering at Mossberg owners. Well done.

  • DIR911911 .

    “100 yard . . . no problem” 🙂

  • Hugo Stiglitz

    The problem with Hi Point is two-fold. First, you have the haters who have never owned or even fired one but are only too happy to tell the rest of us that they are total crap. Then, you have the overly enthusiastic owners who make claims like they are better than any other gun out there and cops and military should switch to Hi Point. Obviously, neither camp is correct. I own a lot of high quality firearms. When I decided to get a pistol caliber carbine, I read the reviews and the overwhelming majority of Hi Point owners were very happy with their guns. The most common description was ugly but dependable…kinda reminded me of me so I pick up a .45 carbine. It cost me less than $300 and the reviews were right. Eats any ammo with no jams, surprisingly accurate and soft recoil. Made in America, torture tested and lifetime warranty….what’s not to like? I’m thinking of buying the pistol which uses the same mags…for $150 it will make a nice car gun.

  • jcitizen

    HA!HA! Now THAT is entertainment!

  • Core

    LOL, I always get a chuckle at the folks carrying them at the range. The old timers always said they always go bang and seem to love them. I tied a compact one time, it was huge, and felt like it was going to explode every time I fired it. It was extremely heavy and had very high recoil for the caliber. It was accurate.

  • Jamie Clemons

    I have a hi-point its fun to shoot but I would trust my .22 revolver over it any day.

  • Treyh007

    That’s good stuff……????

  • Matel Onely

    That was a pretty weak throw. I would have at least try to hit the target. He kind of limp-wristed it. It was worse than a Peyton Manning pass. He probably didn’t want to hurt the steel target.