HI-Point 9TS Carbine 9MM Carbine Review

HI-Point 9TS Carbine 9MM Carbine Review

Hi-Point 9TS Carbine 9mm Carbine 16.5″ Barrel 10 Round

Welcome; in this HI-Point 9TS Carbine 9MM Carbine review, we’ll look closely at the HI-Point 9TS Carbine for features, pros, cons, and overall value for the price.

History of the Hi-Point 9TS Carbine

The Hi-Point 9TS Carbine is a newer variant of the Hi-Point 995 Carbine, first introduced in the 1990s. The original Hi-Point 995 Carbine was designed to be an affordable and reliable semi-automatic carbine for the civilian market. The carbine was chambered in 9mm and featured a polymer stock, a 10-round magazine, and a blowback action.

The Hi-Point 9TS Carbine

Over the years, Hi-Point Firearms has made several improvements to the design of the 995 Carbine, including the addition of a rail system for mounting accessories and a new sight system. In 2019, Hi-Point introduced the 9TS Carbine, which features a more modern design with a redesigned stock, a threaded barrel, and an enhanced trigger.

The Hi-Point 9TS Carbine has quickly gained popularity among gun enthusiasts for its affordability. It is a versatile firearm that can be used for various purposes, including home defense, target shooting, and plinking. Despite its low cost, the 9TS Carbine has received positive reviews for its performance and value, making it a popular choice for budget-conscious gun owners.

Unboxing the Hi-Point 9TS Carbine

Unboxing the Hi-Point 9TS Carbine is straightforward; it arrives in a cardboard box with the Hi-Point Logo.

HI-Point 995 9MM Carbine box

Once you open the box, you’ll find the Hi-Point 9TS Carbine in foam cutouts. A layer of foam wedges in the carbine, and you’ll also find the owner’s manual, a trigger lock, a sling with associated hardware, the charging handle you’ll need to screw in, and a 10-round magazine.

HI-Point 995 9MM Carbine open box

For me, the Hi-Point 9TS Carbine is a great-looking ugly gun. Seriously, you look at it, and it’s not a great-looking gun, then you remember it’s a 9MM carbine. Hmmm, a stout 8mm carbine has some serious fun factor possibilities.

Hi-Point Carbine Charging handle

The carbine features a threaded barrel, which allows you to attach a suppressor or other muzzle devices. It also has a Picatinny rail system on the bottom of the handguard, which makes it easy to attach accessories.

When you pick up the carbine, you’ll notice it’s about the same weight as other carbines. But again, it’s a 9MM. At this point, the unboxing of the 9MM has me pleasantly curious.

Hi-Point 9TS Carbine Specifications

  • FAMILY: 9TS Series
  • MODEL: 9TS Carbine
  • TYPE: Rifle
  • ACTION: Semi-Auto
  • FINISH: Black
  • FINISH TYPE: Black
  • FRAME: Polymer Frame
  • STOCK: Synthetic Stock
  • STOCK/GRIPS: O.D. Green Stock
  • BARREL: 16.5″
  • CAPACITY: 10+1
  • SIGHTS: F: Post R: Peep
  • SIGHT TYPE: Adjustable Sights
  • WEIGHT: 6.25 lbs.
  • SHIPPING WEIGHT: 8.2 lbs.
  • SAFETY FEATURES: Manual Thumb Safety
  • ADDL INFO: Internal Recoil Buffer
  • ADDL INFO: Sling Swivel and Scope Base
  • ADDL INFO: Weaver Style Rails
  • UPC: 752334600127
  • MSRP: $408.00


The Hi-Point 9TS Carbine features a simple and reliable blowback action commonly found in many semi-automatic firearms. Blowback action firearms use the force of the expanding gases created by firing the cartridge to push the bolt back, eject the spent casing, and load a new cartridge into the chamber.

UPC: 752334600127

One advantage of the blowback action is that it’s relatively easy to manufacture, which helps keep the cost of the Hi-Point 9TS Carbine low. It also tends to provide consistent performance and high reliability, which is essential for a firearm that may be used for self-defense.

The blowback action of the Hi-Point 9TS Carbine is also low-recoil, which makes it easy to control and shoot accurately.

Barrel and Front Stock

The 9TS Carbine has a 16.5-inch barrel made of high-quality steel and a black oxide finish. The barrel is threaded, allowing for the attachment of a suppressor or other muzzle devices.

9TS 9MM OD GREEN 10+1 16"

The barrel is fixed to the front stock of the carbine, which is made of high-impact polymer. The front stock is molded to the barrel, providing a stable platform for shooting. It also features a forend Picatinny rail, which allows you to attach accessories like a flashlight or laser.

The front stock of the Hi-Point 9TS Carbine is comfortable and has a natural feel when raising the firearm.

Caliber, Magazines, and Capacity

The Hi-Point 9TS Carbine is chambered in 9mm, a popular and widely available caliber. The 9mm cartridge is known for its reliability, accuracy, manageable recoil, and low cost.

Carbine pistol grip

The carbine comes with a 10-round magazine made of durable steel and features a polymer baseplate. The magazine is easy to load and insert into the carbines pistol grip. The Hi-Point 9TS Carbine is also compatible with magazines from the Hi-Point 9mm pistols.

The carbine’s standard capacity 10-round magazine complies with most state and local regulations. However, higher-capacity magazines are available for those who live in states where they are legal.

I seem to be getting the question more and more. Can you shoot +p ammunition through the Hi-Point 9TS Carbine” so below is a quote from HI-POINTs website:

Whichever model you choose, rest assured that you are purchasing a reliable and accurate firearm at a price you can afford. Our hand-built carbines are +P rated and accept most factory ammunition.

HI-POINT Firearms Website


The Hi-Point 9TS Carbine features simple and intuitive controls that are easy to operate, even for new or inexperienced shooters. The controls are located in easily accessible positions and are designed for fast and reliable operation.


The carbine’s manual safety is located on the left side of the receiver, just above the trigger. It is a simple lever-style safety that is easy to engage and disengage. The safety provides a positive click when engaged or disengaged, allowing you to quickly and easily verify its status.

The Hi-Point 9TS Carbines charging handle is above the safety on the receiver’s left side. The charging handle is easy to operate, even with one hand, and allows you to quickly and easily charge the firearm.

Some may find it odd to have the charging handle on the left side. Although, after cycling the carbine and getting used to it, I am confident you’ll appreciate this configuration.

HI-POINT 9TS 9MM controls

This will work by having your right hand maintain control of the carbine while swapping magazines and manipulating the charging handle with your left hand. It will get very comfortable very fast. If you think about it, it is no different than how you handle your handguns.

The carbine’s magazine release is located on the left side of the receiver, just behind the trigger guard. It is a simple push-button release that is easy to operate, allowing you to quickly and easily drop the magazine for reloading.


The Hi-Point 9TS Carbine doesn’t look all that ergonomic. If any of you have seen my Hi-Point JHP Pink Camo Review, you know I am not a big fan, generally speaking, of all of HI-Points’ ergonomics. That said, I’m a fan of the 9TS Carbine’s ergonomics. And again, when I factor in its chambered in a 9mm, I become a bigger fan. I’ll follow up after I shoot it, but on the bench, I’ll call it a winner.

Hi-Point 9TS Carbines ergonomics

The Hi-Point 9TS Carbine buttstock is made of polymer. It is also adjustable, which allows the shooter to customize the length of pull to their specific needs. The length of the pull is the distance from the trigger to the back of the buttstock, and it can be adjusted by sliding the buttstock back and forth on its rails.

The Hi-Point 9TS Carbine stock

The Hi-Point 9TS Carbine buttstock also features a cheek rest, which provides additional support and comfort for the shooter’s cheek.

The carbine has a decent recoil pad, not that I imagine needing it a bunch. Still, nonetheless, it feels like it will be effective, dampening what I belive will already be a negligible recoil.


The 9TSs finish looks good; it is consistent and looks quality. Its finish is applied using a process called “Black Powder Coat”, a heat-cured epoxy finish.

The Black Powder Coat finish is extremely durable and scratch-resistant, providing a long-lasting and good-looking appearance to the firearm.

It is also resistant to wear and corrosion, ensuring your firearm will maintain its appearance.

The finish has a deep, matte black appearance that fits the look of the carbine well. The finish is also easy to clean and maintain, making it ideal for those who use their firearms regularly. Overall, the finish matches the firearm aesthetically and functionally and will serve the shooter well.


The Hi-Point 9TS Carbine has a manual safety on the receiver’s left side. The manual safety provides a positive click when engaged or disengaged, which helps verify a status change. The manual safety on the carbine is designed to prevent the firearm from firing accidentally, providing an important layer of safety when handling the firearm.

In addition to the manual safety, the Hi-Point 9TS Carbine also has a magazine disconnect safety. This safety feature prevents the firearm from firing when the magazine is removed. The magazine disconnect safety also ensures that the carbine will not fire if a magazine is not properly seated in the firearm.

Unlike some HI-Point firearms, the Hi-Point 9TS Carbine is also designed with a last-round hold-open feature. This helps to prevent dry firing and ensures that you know when the last round has been fired.


The Hi-Point 9TS Carbine has adjustable sights that have a decent sight picture. The carbine comes standard with a fully-adjustable rear sight and a post-front sight designed to be easily adjustable for windage and elevation. Together they worked well for me.

The rear sight on the carbine is a peep-style sight that provides a clear and unobstructed view of the target. It is also designed to be easily removed, making it simple to replace or upgrade if desired. With the rail on the receiver, there are many possibilities for sight pictures on the 9TS Carbine.


The Hi-Point 9TS Carbine features a single-stage trigger. I’ve heard all the arguments on both sides of this and still ask myself why doesn’t Hi-Point go a different route on the trigger.

I’m just not a fan. It is no deal breaker for me, but from feel, pull, and look, I don’t dig this trigger. I read a blog post pointing out the Thing Meister Fabrication and Hipoint Triggers that mentioned they are viable solutions, but I have yet to try them. Please comment if you have.

There are more options out there as well.

I guess my final thought on the trigger is, for the money you pay for the 9TS carbine, a trigger upgrade is a reasonable trade-off.

HI-Point 9TS Carbine 9MM Carbine Review Final Thoughts

I’m a fan so far. I feel like the 9TS Carbine will be a blast to shoot. The carbine feels good; it’s simple to operate and chambered at 9MM; I am confident it will also feel excellent at the range.

This Carbine is totally affordable; they are on sale frequently, and ammunition isn’t going to break any banks. This is a viable home protection firearm and should be fun to train on..

The trigger will likely take some getting used to, but I look forward to seeing what options are out there to swap it out. Once the triggers are dialed in, I feel the 9TS will be a blast to shoot.

Hi-Point 9TS Carbine FAQs

What is the Hi-Point 9TS Carbine?

The Hi-Point 9TS Carbine is a semi-automatic pistol-caliber carbine that is chambered in 9mm. It is designed to be an affordable and reliable firearm that is easy to use and maintain.

What is the capacity of the Hi-Point 9TS Carbine?

The Hi-Point 9TS Carbine comes standard with a 10-round magazine. However, the carbine is also compatible with larger capacity magazines, such as 15 or 20-round magazines, depending on local laws and regulations.

What is the length of the Hi-Point 9TS Carbine?

The Hi-Point 9TS Carbine has an overall length of 31 inches.

Is the Hi-Point 9TS Carbine easy to disassemble and clean?

Yes, the Hi-Point 9TS Carbine is designed to be easy to disassemble and clean. The carbine’s simple design and easy-to-use controls make it easy to take apart and clean, even for those who may be new to firearms.

What is the weight of the Hi-Point 9TS Carbine?

The Hi-Point 9TS Carbine has a weight of approximately 6.25 pounds.

What type of ammunition does the Hi-Point 9TS Carbine use?

The Hi-Point 9TS Carbine is chambered in 9mm, and is designed to use 9mm Luger ammunition.

Is the Hi-Point 9TS Carbine reliable?

Yes, the Hi-Point 9TS Carbine is generally considered to be a reliable firearm. While some people may experience occasional malfunctions or other issues, these are generally seen as rare occurrences that do not detract from the overall reliability of the carbine.

Is the HI-Point 9TS Carbine 9MM Carbine rated for +P ammunition?

The Hi-Point 9TS Carbine is chambered in 9mm and is not specifically designed or advertised as rated for +P ammunition. Hi-Point Firearms, the manufacturer of the 9TS Carbine, does not provide official documentation or statements indicating that the firearm is suitable for use with +P ammunition.


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