Do you like to be different? Are you budget-minded? Look at the Hi-Point .30 Super Carry carbine with me today. The latest pop-can plinker that doubles as a home-defense gun will not set you back much. 

Based on the Model 995, it is accurate to at least 100 yards and customizable to suit your needs. Teamed with Federal’s new .30 Super Carry cartridge, this carbine makes a statement. It is certainly different!
 

Table of Contents

Video
History
What is .30 Super Carry?
Caliber Specs
My Impressions
Carbine Specs
Range Time
About the Mag…
Pros & Cons
Conclusion

VIDEO

 

 

HISTORY

 

Hi-Point Model 3095 .30 Super Carry Carbine
Hi-Point's new Model 3095 in .30 Super Carry (shown) is patterned on the proven Model 995. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)


Hi-Point introduced its Model 995 in 1994. Using polymer and steel stampings, it was ahead of its time in design. Limited by the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons ban, its pistol grip magazine capacity was capped at 10 rounds. 

Low-cost and versatile, it was offered in 9mm at first. Other calibers followed, including .40 S&W, .45 ACP, .380 ACP, and 10mm, all intended to be versatile and match consumer’s handgun cartridges.

Following this idea of multi-caliber versatility, the Model 3095 is being chambered in the .30 Super Carry pistol caliber. Let's see what this older well-known carbine can do with a new cartridge!
 

Related: Hi-Point 995TS Carbine Review – Surprising Budget-Friendly ‘Tacticool’ PCC
 

WHAT IS .30 SUPER CARRY?

 

9mm bullet at left with .30 Super Carry bullet at right
A 9mm bullet. left, versus the .30 Super Carry cartridge at right. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)


Developed by Federal Ammunition, the .30 Super Carry is a pistol-caliber round intended to be more than the .380 ACP and lighter than 9mm Parabellum. Why bother? The advantage to a cartridge smaller and lighter than the 9mm is twofold. 

Any gun chambered for it will hold 12 rounds of ammo in the same space as a 10-round 9mm magazine. Secondly, with the lighter cartridges, a firearm could be lighter overall and still pack a firepower punch. 

Compare the .30 SC to the .380 ACP, and you’ll notice the higher velocity and downrange energy. Also, if you intend to travel internationally with your firearm, it may be accepted in countries that ban military-based cartridges.

This cartridge is designed to appeal to the civilian market. Unlike most popular calibers that were designed for military purposes, the .30 SC was built for the self-defense market first. Recoil and kick are on par with a 9mm. Holding a 9mm FMJ cartridge near a .30 Super Carry, I notice that they are similar in length but of different diameters, allowing for a higher magazine capacity.
 

Related: New Caliber – Federal .30 Super Carry
 

CALIBER SPECS

  • Caliber: .30 Super Carry
  • Diameter: 8mm .313                    
  • Velocity: 1,250 feet per second
  • Bullet weight: 100-115 grains      
  • Overall Length: 1.169 inches  

MY IMPRESSIONS

 

Front sight on Hi-Point Model 3095 .30 Super Carry Carbine
I like the round aperture post on front... (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)


What an unusual gun! It is not patterned on anything I know but was designed from the ground up to be practical and good-looking. The carbine has a solid heft that I like. Surprisingly the gun points very well and fits me, and I like the sights. 
 

Sights on Hi-Point Model 3095 .30 Super Carry Carbine
...and how it aligns naturally with the adjustable rear sight, which is also removable to allow optics. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)


They are protected by raised steel ears and are adjustable for windage and elevation. The rear peep naturally aligns with the front round aperture post. The front sight post is fully enclosed and adjustable for elevation. The rear sight assembly can be removed to allow an optic sight, red dot, or scope to be installed. 
 

Butt plate on Hi-Point Model 3095 .30 Super Carry Carbine
When the gun is fired, the spring-loaded butt plate absorbs recoil. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)


The shock-absorbing butt plate is unusual. Three spring-loaded pistons mounted under the butt compress when the gun fires, thereby reducing recoil. The exterior polymer stock protects the steel barrel, action, and zinc-alloy receiver. Picatinny rails are built into the lower forearm and upper receiver.
 

Pic rails on Hi-Point Model 3095 .30 Super Carry Carbine
There's plenty of room to accessorize with Pic rails on the forearm... (Photos: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)
Hi-Point Model 3095 .30 Super Carry Carbine
...and receiver. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)


The pistol grip enables good control with a comfortable length of pull. This is a versatile, adaptable carbine.

 
Pistol grip on Hi-Point Model 3095 .30 Super Carry Carbine
The pistol grip offers good control, but the safety is for right-handers only. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)

 

CARBINE SPECS

  • Overall Length: 31 inches       
  • Weight: 6.25 pounds     
  • Length of Pull: 14.5 inches
  • Barrel: 16.5 inches, steel          
  • Sights: Adjustable for windage and elevation  
  • Receiver Picatinny rail: 8.5 inches         
  • Forearm Picatinny rail: 5 inches
  • Trigger: 5.5 pounds, two-stage        
  • Recoil Buffer: Buttstock        
  • MSRP: $339
     

RANGE TIME

 

Hi-Point Model 3095 .30 Super Carry Carbine
I find this gun points well and fits me, and I like the sights. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)


Another beautiful day in Arizona’s Area 51! I have a good variety of targets, including steel, 2-liter soda bottles, and water jugs. I want to test this little carbine for accuracy and hitting power. The Hi-Point is new to me. Should I be worried that something inexpensive will deliver as advertised? Stay tuned and find out with me. 
 

.30 Super Carry ammunition CCI Blazer 115-grain FMJ and Federal 100-grain
Today I am shooting CCI Blazer 115-grain FMJ and some 100-grain Federal ammo. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)


Ammo is CCI Blazer 115-grain FMJ made by Federal. I also have 100-grain Federal ammo. Hi-Point recommends jacketed bullets for its carbine to avoid barrel leading. They load into the steel magazine precisely but with some difficulty (more on that below).

Time for some shooting. First, I fired a few shots at the center steel target. Not bad grouping for 15 yards offhand, if a bit low. The adjustable rear sight will correct this. Now time for some fun shooting at water jugs and 2-liter root beer bottles. I wish I had some hollow point bullets, but these full metal jacket 115-grain bullets explode water jugs with a resounding “whump.” 

Taking aim at the root beer bottles, I see them explode nicely. I miss a few at first. I am still adjusting to the trigger pull and feel of the carbine and its sights. No worries – the second and third shots find their marks and explode those bottles out to 20 yards. I ring my “milk-bottle” steel target at 50 yards numerous times. That is a stretch for my old eyes! 

Quiet time is next. This carbine has a threaded muzzle, and I have my SilencerCo Hybrid suppressor to attach. This device adds 8 inches to the length of the gun but little perceived weight. It is not seen in my sight picture as I aim but reduces the muzzle blast considerably. Accuracy is good, with no apparent point of aim changes, even on the longer-range targets.
 

About the Mag…

 

Magazine for Hi-Point Model 3095 .30 Super Carry Carbine
This magazine has super stiff springs and was difficult to load, but I expect that to resolve with continued use. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)


The magazine spring is tough to compress. It is very important that the rounds load at an upward angle of about 40 degrees to prevent jams. Luckily, I brought my UpLULA universal magazine loader, which makes loading most semi-auto magazines much easier.
 

Mag well on Hi-Point Model 3095 .30 Super Carry Carbine
My only issues with this gun are its limited mag capacity and hard-to-load magazine. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)


Although the Hi-Point magazine will accept 11 rounds, I find that only one of the two loaded magazines will lock into the magazine well. This is due to the stiff magazine springs resisting as I push the magazine into the pistol grip. I must push it in solidly until I feel it lock, then pull the charging handle back and ensure that the first round chambers. This will likely change as it breaks in over time.

Once this is done, the carbine fired flawlessly without a jam throughout the testing session. Its reliability is quite impressive. A final mag dump successfully ran the magazine dry. No failures to feed nor ejection problems were encountered today. That is impressive for a low-cost carbine!
 

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Affordable       
  • Reliable semi-automatic    
  • Low recoil with new .30 Super Carry 
  • Well-made in USA             
  • Steel magazine with last-round lock open     
  • Threaded muzzle
  • Adjustable sights               
  • Picatinny rail adaptable to red dot/scope       
  • Customizable

Cons:

  • Magazine is difficult to load and limited to 10 rounds.    
  • Safety is right-hand only.   

CONCLUSION

 

Hi-Point Model 3095 .30 Super Carry Carbine
At a price that's hard to beat, the 3095 is a great introduction to shooting the .30 Super Carry cartridge. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)


This gun is not for everyone but delivers as advertised. Teamed with the new .30 Super Carry, it is unique. Look for this cartridge to be offered in many firearms in the months to come. As a carbine round, it offers low recoil with extended range. It compares well with .380 ACP, delivering higher velocity and impact energy downrange. 

It handles well and comes to point quickly with precise sights. The Hi-Point carbine in .30 Super Carry is good choice as a first carbine or one for a new shooter. Home defense, target shooting and fun to plink cans – it is well worth its low cost. 

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