Hi-Point Founder, Designer Tom Deeb passes away

The founder of the budget firearms company Hi-Point, Tom Deeb has recently passed away at his semi retirement home in Texas. He was 65 years old and died from cardiac arrest. Deeb founded the company in 1993 with a simple philosophy of creating a budget firearm for the firearms community. Despite much of the criticism that Hi-Point gets, to include myself poking fun at the company from time to time, you do have to give it credit for the niche that it occupies, in being low cost and reliable. Other companies have tried to bring low cost firearms to the market, and have failed because their guns were unreliable. Hi-Point on the other hand, not only produces budget guns, and for the most part, they can be very reliable. I’ve even heard some good things about their carbines as well. To date the company has produced over 2 million firearms.

Tom Deebs history is quite interesting as well, if you have time, I would highly recommend reading the American Rifleman Magazine’s interview with him on how he got the company started, and kept it going. He didn’t come from a designers background at all, rather from a mechanical working area, and envisioned brining reliable budget firearms to the market.



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  • MrPhantom

    presented without further comment

    • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

      Thats all the money you save when you buy a Hi Point

    • Ullan

      Used to be lead or silver, now it’s lead or greenbacks.

  • Jolly

    R.I.P. I wont lie. My first pistol was a hi point .40.

    • Mark

      I had a 40 carbine, great gun shot hundereds of rounds no issues. However 2issues I had were accessories didn’t fit the rail correctly because the spaces were not wide enough like a typical picattiny rail and most of all the trigger was tiny. My finger would pinch between the trigger and the gaurd when fired, otherwise a great functioning and accurate gun.

  • MR

    A true loss. I hope the company survives.

    • He retired and left the co-founder in charge in ?2006?

  • me ohmy

    well that sucks.. he’s armed americans and gave them a safe effective cheap pistol and carbine…he’s to be celebrated as a good american business man.

    • Basically he micro-stamped cartridges without the government’s help or intrusion, so it is only used against criminals that actually committed the crime and left behind shells and bullets at the crime scene.

      I like my Hi-Point.

  • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

    While I never have and never will own a Hi Point, I do respect what he did with the company. Its good that there is a functional pistol on the market that pretty much everyone can afford. Hi Point has allowed many Americans to be armed with a functional and pretty reliable gun who otherwise could not afford to be. I would prefer to be protected by 5 guys with Hi Points over 1 guy with a Sig.

    • BattleshipGrey

      I won’t go so far as to say that I’ll never own a Hi Point. I don’t foresee myself owning one. However, if I lost all my guns in a house fire (or a tragic boating accident) and lost my income in a short time, I’d have no problem re-arming with a Hi Point ’til things got better.

      In a society in which the only right of Bill of Rights that requires you to “pay to play” I’m glad there’s a low cost alternative for those that are on lower incomes.

      • Rodney Steward

        Ever fired one, it surprised me, I love mine!

      • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

        You make a valid point. Unless I was to lose all my guns and did not have anything more than $130 for a gun then Hi Point is definitely better than nothing, so I ought to add that exception to my initial comment. What I meant to say is that Hi Point is nowhere in my future gun buying schedule.

      • RA

        For the money, the carbines are outstanding. Mine was dead on out of the box in 40SW. Great shooting gun. BTW I own HKs, Tikkas, Anderson Arms etc. as primary weapons.

    • PeterK

      Agreed. Came here to say very nearly this exact same thing.

    • SCW

      I’ve owned several Hi-Points over the years and they all worked fine. I used to have the Hi-Point 995 carbine which is a really handy gun that you can keep in your truck without worrying about losing a ton of money if it gets stolen.

      I own two Hi-Point 9mm handguns right now. One stays in the medicine cabinet in the bathroom, and one stays under the bar in the kitchen. Doesn’t matter if I’m poopin’ or cookin’, I always have a gun nearby.

      • Paul White

        I keep meaning to buy one of their carbines but never have…shot them a few times, fun as heck

        • SCW

          Yep, they’re boringly reliably too. My only gripe was the 10 round magazines. If they’d make one that accepted Glock mags, then they’d have a hot seller on their hands.

          The one I kept in my truck had one mag in the gun, plus two extra mags in a butt stock mag holder for 30 rounds on the gun. A 33rd Glock mag would have been way better.

          • desert

            or at least…hi point should make some 20 to 25 round mags!

          • maodeedee

            They should just adapt theme to use Glock mags. Otherwise there’s nothing wrong with those guns hand the have good customer service and are owned and operated by people who know guns and take pride in making them. That’s something I can’t say for other companies these days like Remington who have horrible customer service and poor quality control as well ever since they were taken over by Cerberus Capital Management.

          • RA

            Pro mag makes 15rd mags.

  • Edeco

    Hooray for the men of vision. [/serious]

  • 624A24

    His successful design was the high point of his life.

  • BryanS

    Had the pleasure of meeting him once, and talked about how he felt that people of all income groups should be able to defend their families.

    Great man, great American.

    • Mikial

      This is the big thing, Hi Point made it possible for lower income people . . honest people, to own a functional handgun to protect themselves and their loved ones from the scum predators of society.

      God bless him. He’s done more good in the world than all the politicians put together.

  • Tassiebush

    That linked article was a worthwhile read. It’s fascinating to read how his designs were possible at such a low price.

  • iksnilol

    Well, this is kinda like when Eguene Stoner died.

    Pretty sad, that’s what it is.

  • SCW

    I guess this is the Lo-Point…..Too soon?


    I used to own a C9, and it was genuinely fun to shoot, and reliable as well. I affectionately called it “The 9mm Brick”. I’ve let many new shooters try it out, and I think more smiles were gotten through shooting this amusing affordable gun, than with the rental Glocks and SD9s.

    I ended up selling the C9 to someone who needed it more than me.

    Press F to pay respects.

  • wetcorps

    There should be more compagnies like this.

  • Patriot Gunner

    The American Rifleman Magazine interview was very interesting. Especially the part about their production. 55 employees and they churn out 185,000 guns per year, that is pretty impressive, even if they are mostly cast and polymer parts.

    • Edeco

      Ohio’s a pretty good pedigree for foundry work IMHO. Scotch whiskey, German cars, Swiss watches, Ohio bronze and potmetal shower drains, door-knockers, gun slides, etc, Japanese luxury fruits…

  • mosinman

    Time to fire a 21 Hi-Point salute to honor him

  • Len Jones

    Took my carry test with the 9mm God it was heavy that day but I still have it.

  • The Rifleman

    I don’t own a Hi Point firearm as yet, but I do plan on getting one of their carbines in 45 a.c.p.
    Rest in peace Tom. You will be missed.

  • B Hawk

    I hope they bury him in a cheap, ugly but reliable coffin. R.I.P.

  • dirtsailor

    I own two of the Hi-Point carbines. the 995 and 4095. I won’t say they are the greatest thing since sliced bread, but they are fun to shoot, reliable and great weapons to let my children train with. You also can’t beat the warranty on them. They have earned their place in my safe right next to my AR’s, Ak and SKS.

  • The sad thing is how far society has fallen that we do not produce men like him any more.

    As they seek to take away our right to self-defence, when you read about former LEGAL immigrants such as Edward G. Robinson (great as Johnny Rocco in Key Largo), you realize not only how far the democrat party has fallen, but, society in general.

    Supposedly much of the M1 development was done by a guy (David Williams) who would not even be allowed to own or use a gun under today’s “rules”, never mind work on one under arrest.

    Another patriot has died and unfortunately, he is unlikely to be replaced by an equal.

    Maybe they can give him a 21 gun salute with C-9s !

  • town22

    When shooting bowling pins or steel, there’s always a High Point carbine present and very acccrate that it is.

  • FloridaFits

    Rest in Peace Tom. Now I gotta get me a .45 acp carbine of yours.

  • Rodney Steward

    Something how this man accomplished so much more than the POTUS has!

  • desert

    Like most companies, when the conscience is gone, the company turns to crap…poor quality, higher prices, low quality control etc etc…hope not , but its historical!

    • maodeedee

      That’s what happened to Remington Marlin, and H&R after they were taken over by Cerberus Capital Management.

  • Jamie Clemons

    I own a Hipoint its not my favorite gun, but It is fun to shoot and works most of the time and has a lifetime warranty.

  • Jamie Clemons

    My zombie gun

    • maodeedee

      That looks just like my Hitachi battery drill.

  • Car54

    Actually a guy named Ed Stallard designed what is now the Hi-point pistol. It was called the JS9 and sold by Stallard Arms, Mansfield, Ohio. Originally known as the “Maverick 9mm” he had to change the name as some other company was selling a firearm named the Maverick. Stallard was bought out by MKS which is the parent company of Hi Point. Mks refined it, added a carbine and successfully marketed both. You can still find Stallard Arms pistols out there on occasion.

    • dirtsailor

      I still have mine, bought for less than $90 back in 1989.

  • Retiredextremelydangerous

    2000 rounds and like the bunny, it just keeps going and going and going. Thank you, Mr. Deeb. Own 1 each .45 and 1 9mm in both carbine and pistol. I love ‘um.

  • maodeedee

    At the age of 68, hearing about someone dying of natural causes at age 65 makes me wonder about the expression, “Only the good die young”. My condolences to his family and may he rest in peace.

  • Sorry to see him go. I liked his attitude about affordable guns. My orignal 995 works great, but it’s hard to love. I have been impressed with the changes made to his guns, other than magazine disconnects. (Easily removed on the pistols, at least.) However, like Ruger, I think this will mean an improvement for his company and customers. His personal bias against magazine capacity and willingness to handicap his guns along political lines was a great disadvantage of them. I suspect that we will now see factory magazines with decent capacity become available, just like when Bill Ruger went.

  • Mikial

    I’ve owned numerous Hi Points, along with the higher priced guns. They work great and if there is a problem a simple phone call usually solves the issue. I currently own two Hi Points and will probably always own them.

  • Cmex

    Peace to a good man who founded a great company which delivered an alright product at a wonderful price. He will be missed. I hop others take away his lessons.