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BayAreaShooter
02-18-2011, 6:18 PM
I am looking for someone to explain or point me in the direction to a video or link that explains how to remove the barrel of a HI-POINT CF .380. I am planning on polishing the feed ramp and rather remove the barrel than leave it on. I also need some information on the polishing. Since it is black and not steel I assume I would need to remove the paint first. I do have a Dremel and am going to go buy a basic polishing kit tomorrow. Do I just use a wired brush in the Dremel to remove the paint and then use the polishing pad with the polishing compound. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

ElvenSoul
02-18-2011, 6:26 PM
Knock out the pin...slide comes off...tape off end of barrel so compound does not get into it...I used my fingers did not take long...make sure you do the mag fix to...

Shiboleth
02-18-2011, 6:28 PM
I don't know about disassembly of a High-Point, but if you're going to use a Dremel, you need to be very, very careful. I would advise against using a wire brush with it. Dremels rotate very fast and it only takes a slight moment of inattention or carelessness to remove too much material. I suggest grabbing some 1500 or 2000 grit sandpaper, and removing the black on the ramp by hand. Then polish with a compound either by hand or with the dremel on a low speed. Flitz or Mother's mag polish both work well for this.

jr916
02-18-2011, 8:25 PM
DITTO DITTO DITTO to what Shiboleth said about using fine sandpaper to remove the black paint (I don't think 2000grit is necessary, but the finer the better).

I have a c9, and although I haven't broken it down fully yet, I'm fairly sure both the c9 and the .380 have fixed barrels (i.e., it's pinned directly to the frame), so you can't remove them. <----- Someone please correct me if this is wrong.

I'd stuff some kleenex or a piece of paper towel in the breach/chamber end of the barrel, or just tape it off so that you don't get metal shards or polishing compound in the chamber/barrel.

First use the sandpaper (and your finger, as one of them is bound to nicely fit the feeding ramp's curvature), then use the Dremel tool with the finest polishing tool (NOT grinding/sanding tool) on the lowest appropriate speed (if yours is variable speed). Be sure to use that clay-red colored polishing compound when using the Dremel, and I'd put a few drops of CLP or other oil on the sandpaper before using that, too. Be sure to clean up well after, as it'll get your pistol diiiiirty and you don't wanna fire it with polishing compound or metal/paint chips in the internal parts!

Good luck and have fun, hope this helped!

morfeeis
02-18-2011, 8:32 PM
stay away from the dremel as Shiboleth said, all you need is a a bit of sand paper on you finger. as for removing the barrel it cant be done it's fixed to the frame

spencerhut
02-18-2011, 9:59 PM
Put it in a cement mixer with 100lbs of sand for 2 days. Problem solved.

joeyant
02-18-2011, 10:13 PM
I am looking for someone to explain or point me in the direction to a video or link that explains how to remove the barrel of a HI-POINT CF .380. I am planning on polishing the feed ramp and rather remove the barrel than leave it on. I also need some information on the polishing. Since it is black and not steel I assume I would need to remove the paint first. I do have a Dremel and am going to go buy a basic polishing kit tomorrow. Do I just use a wired brush in the Dremel to remove the paint and then use the polishing pad with the polishing compound. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


Are you trying to make your HiPoint look like this?

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=86607&stc=1&d=1298095927

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=86608&stc=1&d=1298095932

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=86609&stc=1&d=1298095940

510GUY
02-18-2011, 10:19 PM
Why do you need to polish the ramp are you having problems with the gun feeding

1911Operator
02-18-2011, 10:42 PM
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=86607&stc=1&d=1298095927

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=86608&stc=1&d=1298095932

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=86609&stc=1&d=1298095940

talk about puttin lipstick on a pig :D

Maddog5150
02-18-2011, 10:49 PM
now thats polishing a turd.... oddly I feel compelled now buy one.

morfeeis
02-18-2011, 11:17 PM
Put it in a cement mixer with 100lbs of sand for 2 days. Problem solved.
and it'll fire just fine when done......

IntoForever
02-18-2011, 11:26 PM
From what I've heard, make sure to not polish the chamber.

BayAreaShooter
02-19-2011, 12:16 PM
Are you trying to make your HiPoint look like this?

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=86607&stc=1&d=1298095927

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=86608&stc=1&d=1298095932

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=86609&stc=1&d=1298095940

I wasn't but I might be now. :D

BayAreaShooter
02-19-2011, 12:22 PM
Why do you need to polish the ramp are you having problems with the gun feeding

No not feeding issues, but it does have issues with ejection. I KNOW that polishing the feed ramp will not help with ejection. I am planning on polishing the feed ramp as well as the channel that the firing pin, springs, and the "doll head" as well as the inside of the slide were their is any contact so the gun will run as smooth as possible.

To everyone who said the barrel can not be removed I am almost sure it can. I was lurking around a Hi-Point forum and Some one mentioned removing his barrel to polish the feed ramp. I also have had a gun with a fixed barrel like the Hi-Point and just had to punch out two pins to get the barrel off. I could be wrong but I am just trying to get to the bottom of this. I might just make an account on the Hi-Point forum and ask around their. Thank you everyone for the advice.

hybridatsun350
02-19-2011, 3:53 PM
The barrel is pressed into the frame. Just don't be surprised if you break something.

BayAreaShooter
02-19-2011, 5:18 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v151/wolf_from_wv/C9_barrel_assembly.jpg

It doesn't look to complicated but I am still debating on taking it off or not.

1JimMarch
02-19-2011, 5:37 PM
Mythbusters actually covered this subject:

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BayAreaShooter
02-19-2011, 6:43 PM
Mythbusters actually covered this subject

While funny I need some actual help with this.

Samoan_dude
09-02-2011, 9:30 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v151/wolf_from_wv/C9_barrel_assembly.jpg

It doesn't look to complicated but I am still debating on taking it off or not.

"After I saw this picture, I thought...maybe I should try it and I did. It is that simple, don't be afraid to remove the barrel. It's only two pins"

PRCABR4Christ
09-02-2011, 10:25 PM
I am looking for someone to explain or point me in the direction to a video or link that explains how to remove the barrel of a HI-POINT CF .380. I am planning on polishing the feed ramp and rather remove the barrel than leave it on. I also need some information on the polishing. Since it is black and not steel I assume I would need to remove the paint first. I do have a Dremel and am going to go buy a basic polishing kit tomorrow. Do I just use a wired brush in the Dremel to remove the paint and then use the polishing pad with the polishing compound. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

If your gun is already reliable, why take a chance, don't get me wrong, I'm all for improving accuracy, reliability, and aesthetics, but not at the cost of ruining a barrel. Don't get me wrong, I know it's a Hi-Point, but I can't tell you how much money I've made off people who can't control a dremel lol

http://i567.photobucket.com/albums/ss112/prcabr4christ/Temptation.jpg

if you can do it, more power to ya, but don't get over your head ;)

Mrbroom
09-08-2011, 7:36 PM
I purchased a Hi Point 9mm today from Turners.. After seeing this picture.. all polished up.. Who can do that for me??

morfeeis
09-08-2011, 8:06 PM
it's a DIY job...........

bsg
09-08-2011, 8:19 PM
"Hi-Point Firearms Forums" should be able to assist you on a variety of projects you might undertake for the Hi-Point.

BayAreaShooter
09-08-2011, 8:35 PM
I got the barrel off and and everything polished up but ended up selling it 6 months ago. Let me check if I have the pictures in Photobucket.


EDIT: I deleted them off my Photobucket but might dig them up later.

Anomic
07-13-2014, 11:36 AM
I know this thread is old, but I just found it looking for some help on whether or not it was possible to remove the semi-fixed barrel on my Hi-point .380. I also seen a couple guys asking why we want to polish the slide ramp and the reason is this: the entire barrel unit is powdercoated black, which in turn does not allow for a round to slide smoothly up the ramp into the chamber, especially if you are using hollow points. It will "catch" on the slide ramp and even mar it it from the force of the slide slamming the tip of the round into the slide ramp and make things even worse. And yes, I used a Dremel. I used 1500 grit wet/dry, I had to make my own sanding spindles but everything came out perfect. I'm actually thinking of stripping the entire thing (except the chamber of course) like the guy above did. I really do like this pistol and as far as I've been able to tell this was the only issue, other than the slide ramp problem this is a nice, accurate reliable handgun for the price.

Gutshot Gary
07-13-2014, 11:54 AM
Literally polishing a turd. I love it!

Tok36
07-13-2014, 1:30 PM
Zombie thread! It just wont die!

'ol shooter
07-13-2014, 3:30 PM
Everyone should own one of these, and a Heritage Rough Rider. Just kidding...:)

aghauler
07-13-2014, 4:14 PM
Are you trying to make your HiPoint look like this?

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=86607&stc=1&d=1298095927

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=86608&stc=1&d=1298095932

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=86609&stc=1&d=1298095940

Not familiar with the Hi-Point what all was done to it besides changing the grips?