Ohio-based Hi-Point Firearms finally ended the long wait for its illusive “Yeet Cannon” pistol when it unveiled the brand-new 9mm YC9 today. This is one of those guns that has been living rent-free in my head for several years now. 

Arrival of the YC9 was first expected back in 2019, but Hi-Point continued to work on the gun for years under a veil of secrecy. Now, the newly employee-owned and operated company – as of last year – has YC9s rolling out to distributors' shelves as I write this review. Thankfully, I didn’t have to wait until the release. 

Hi-Point sent over one of the very first YC9s to come off the assembly line for early testing. To be honest, I wasn’t even sure what to expect when I opened the box.


Table of Contents

Video Review
Meet the YC9 Yeet Cannon
Features: What’s New?
Specs & Function
Shooting & Accuracy
Pros & Cons
Final Thoughts

Video Review

 

 

Hi-Point sent over one of its very first YC9s off the assembly line. I've previously run the company's other handguns and carbines through some testing, and the differences in the YC9 were significant. 


Meet the YC9 Yeet Cannon

 

I was one of the first to get my hands on the brand-new Hi-Point YC9. (Photo: Seth Rodgers/Guns.com)


There have been lots of rumblings about a new yeeter from Hi-Point. Heck, the company even started engraving “Yeet Cannon” on some of its older C9 pistols so eager consumers could get their yeet fix before the true Yeet Cannon, the YC9, was finished with development.
 

Hi-Point has been cryptically teasing the release this month.
(Photo: Hi-Point Website)


Just one glance at the new gun tells you that Hi-Point made some dramatic changes to the original C9 design to make the YC9 an entirely new gun. Internally, the gun retains the C9’s simple blowback operating system, but nearly every other feature on the outside of the gun has changed in some way.
 

Hi-Point C9 Yeet Cannon
If the name Yeet Cannon rings a bell, it’s because Hi-Point has branded it on some older C9 pistols so customers could grab them before the official launch of the YC9. (Photo: Paul Peterson/Guns.com)
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Hi-Point has taken a liking to more tactical designs with guns like the 995TS at the top. The C9, bottom left, was basic but shares the same internals as the new YC9 at bottom right. (Photo: Paul Peterson/Guns.com)


The YC9 that finally rolled out for 2023 offers a distinctly tactical flair while retaining Hi-Point’s dedication to simplicity. The fact that the gun came out with a tactical facelift shouldn’t really surprise anyone. Hi-Point has been trending in that direction ever since the launch of its popular 995TS carbine.


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


But this affordable gun still stays true to Hi-Point’s stated mission to offer firearms for Americans “no matter what their budget.” It just does it while bringing the company’s pistol line into the age of red dots, threaded barrels, and feature-filled designs.
 

Features: What’s New?


 
Hi-Point YC9 Yeet Cannon Pistol
Optics- and suppressor-ready with a host of improvements, the YC9 is a long way from the bare-bones features on the older C9. (Photo: Paul Peterson/Guns.com)


Hi-Point dumped a bucket’s worth of new features on the YC9. But the operating system retains the simple, time-tested blowback design used inside the earlier C9. In fact, you can still see the similarities between the two pistols in the general profile of the gun. But the two guns are very different.
 

Hi-Point YC9 Yeet Cannon Pistol
Perhaps my favorite upgrade is the addition of much more grip texture on the YC9 than the slick grip of the C9 on the bottom right. (Photo: Paul Peterson/Guns.com)


The YC9 hosts enhanced grip texture, front and rear slide serrations, raised backstrap texturing at the bottom of the grip, angled slide, threaded barrel, slotted rear sight that can accept an optic or Picatinny mount, Glock-style removable front sight, magazine disconnect safety, and grip safety. Hi-Point also increased the capacity with a proprietary double-to-single-stack magazine that holds 10 rounds over the C9's eight.

Your standard YC9 comes with just one magazine. However, you can purchase additional magazines, optics plates, Picatinny optics mounts, and even a Crimson Trace red dot from the Hi-Point website to deck it out as you see fit.
 

Hi-Point YC9 Yeet Cannon Pistol
Added texturing also includes front and rear slide serrations along with texturing on the front and rear of the grip. (Photo: Paul Peterson/Guns.com)
Hi-Point YC9 Yeet Cannon Pistol
There’s a small amount of Pic rail just below the threaded barrel. (Photo: Paul Peterson/Guns.com)
Hi-Point YC9 Yeet Cannon Pistol
Another big improvement is the addition of a 10-round double-to-single-stack magazine. The C9 used an eight-round single-stack magazine that you can see on the bottom right. (Photo: Paul Peterson/Guns.com)


You can opt to have Yeet Cannon laser-engraved on the slide or keep it in its blacked-out format. I appreciate that, because some people don’t want the extra flashiness of “YEET CANNON” on the slide…but I do. 

Given some recent restrictions in less free states, the YC9 can be had with a non-threaded barrel. Here’s a list of the five models you can expect from Hi-Point:

  • YC9 black with threaded barrel
  • YC9 black with threaded barrel with “YEET CANNON” laser-engraved
  • YC9 black non-threaded barrel (for restricted states)
  • YC9 black non-threaded barrel with “YEET CANNON” laser-engraved (for restricted states)
  • YC9 black threaded with Crimson Trace red dot installed 
     

Specs & Function

 

Hi-Point YC9 Yeet Cannon Pistol
The internals are quite simple. The gun has a fixed barrel and relies on the weight of the slide for its simple blowback operating system. (Photo: Paul Peterson/Guns.com)


It’s helpful to look at the original C9 when looking at the YC9. While both guns use the same blowback system, they vary at least slightly in nearly every other way. The YC9 comes in at nearly 8 percent heavier but with a 25-percent increase in magazine capacity. 

The YC9 is 0.5 inches longer than the C9, offers a similar trigger pull that feels just a bit smoother, and a Pic rail at the front of the frame for lasers and lights. Both guns feature a very basic thumb safety that is just a bent piece of metal, though the YC9 safety does have a positive click when flipped on or off. Neither gun features a true slide stop/release, but the safety doubles as a lock feature for disassembly.


Related: Hi-Point C9 Yeet Cannon Review – Junk or Diamond in the Rough?


I’m guessing Hi-Point got some requests for additional safety features from consumers because the designers put in extra time and manufacturing effort to add a grip safety to the backstrap. I’m not a huge fan of grip safeties or the added magazine disconnect feature, but neither are deal breakers, and some folks do like them.
 

Hi-Point YC9 Yeet Cannon Pistol
Hi-Point added a grip safety. The YC9 also hosts a magazine disconnect. (Photo: Paul Peterson/Guns.com)
Hi-Point YC9 Yeet Cannon Pistol
You can purchase optics plates, red dots, or Pic rails from Hi-Point. (Photo: Paul Peterson/Guns.com)


With the meteoric rise of pistol-mounted optics, Hi-Point took note and added two distinct options for mounting optics. There’s a Pic rail that can accept any Pic-based mounting system and a plate that is designed to accept red dots like the budget-friendly Crimson Trace offered on Hi-Point's website.
 

Hi-Point YC9 Yeet Cannon Pistol
The slide has a unique cut for mounting plates and rails. (Photo: Paul Peterson/Guns.com)
Adding a red dot as an option brings Hi-Point’s new pistol in line with current market trends. (Photo: Paul Peterson/Guns.com)


Here are some specs for the brand-new YC9:

Weight (With Empty Mag): 2.14 pounds
Weight (No Mag): 1.94 pounds
Length: 7.5 inches
Sight Radius: 5.4 inches
Barrel Length: 4.1 inches
Height: 5.76 inches
Width: 1.45 inches
Capacity: 10+1
Trigger Pull: 7.68 pounds

The biggest improvement in my mind is one of the simplest: grip texture. The C9 grip was slick, to say the least. That was my biggest complaint about the gun. The YC9 features hexagonal texturing. It’s actually Hi-Point’s logo. This is aided by a semi-abrasive finish around other areas of the grip.

This new grip isn’t nearly as positive as, say, the S&W M&P 2.0 line that comes off like coarse sandpaper. Still, it is far and above the texture – more like no texture – on the C9. I found the YC9’s new grip performed far better during our hot summer testing.
 

Hi-Point YC9 Yeet Cannon Pistol
The trigger is also new with a skeletonized profile. (Photo: Paul Peterson/Guns.com)
Hi-Point YC9 Yeet Cannon Pistol
The safety is very simple. There is no real slide lock/release, though the safety can hold the slide back for disassembly. (Photo: Paul Peterson/Guns.com)


Hi-Point skeletonized the trigger on the YC9. Earlier C9 pistols merely had three lightening holes drilled into them. The pull has a bit of drag to it as you creep into the wall. The break isn’t very refined and a bit springy. Overall, it’s a functional but not refined trigger that caused no real issues while shooting. The reset is positive but somewhat light and extends to about 0.3 inches. 

Front and rear slide serrations are also new on the YC9. They are not very deep or sharply cut. Instead, they look like they were formed while making the slide instead of cutting them after the fact, but they are still improvements over the original C9 that only had a small strip of serrations at the rear.

Keep in mind that this is meant to be a very budget-friendly gun, so don’t expect expensive perfection. 
 

Shooting & Accuracy

 

Hi-Point YC9 Yeet Cannon Pistol
We did our shooting on a very hot and sweaty day. (Photo: Seth Rodgers/Guns.com)
 

I ran a mix of 500 9mm rounds through this gun with the fixed sights for initial testing with no cleaning or oiling beforehand and another 100 rounds on a second range trip with the red dot. 

My test 9mm ammo was a mix of Federal 150-grain Syntech, 115-grain FMJ Blazer, 115-grain FMJ Buffalo Bore Adrenaline, and 115-grain Federal Range Target. All shooting was done on a particularly hot summer day with very little cloud cover. It was very sweaty, and the new grip texture certainly paid off.
 

Hi-Point YC9 Yeet Cannon Pistol
I brought out a variety of ammo types from Federal, Blazer, and Buffalo Bore for the testing. (Photo: Paul Peterson/Guns.com)
Hi-Point YC9 Yeet Cannon Pistol
Most of our shooting was done at 25 feet. (Photo: Paul Peterson/Guns.com)


At a reasonable self-defense distance of 25 feet, I was able to cut a large hole in the center chest of the target using the original iron sights with just a few fliers in the black. By the end, most of the shots simply flew through the gaping hole, which just shows the point of aim/impact is quite predictable, and I did shoot somewhat aggressively fast to get through the 150 rounds.
 

Hi-Point YC9 Yeet Cannon Pistol
I put 150 consecutive rounds through this half-sized man target at 25 feet. All rounds were in the center or at least in the black. Note: I often test for accuracy with a few rounds on just the center red portion of the target, but that center is the target's belly and not the more important chest area that lacks a convenient red center. (Photo: Paul Peterson/Guns.com)
Hi-Point YC9 Yeet Cannon Pistol
The standard front and rear sights proved more than accurate enough for defensive shooting and were easy to see even in high sun. There’s also an option for a peep-style rear sight. (Photo: Paul Peterson/Guns.com)
Hi-Point YC9 Yeet Cannon Pistol
Given the weight, recoil was quite easy to control. (Photo: Paul Peterson/Guns.com)


Recoil was very manageable given the gun’s sheer mass, but we did run into a few malfunctions. So far, the YC9 seems to like somewhat hotter ammo, like the Federal Range Target, over the heavy but slow 150-grain Syntech. Most of these happened in the earlier break-in period and were failures to fully eject or extract spent casings. I noticed the gun smoothing out as we chugged through mags. 

Still, the handful of malfunctions surprised me a little, because the C9 I tested ran flawlessly for several range trips. It could be that this gun needs a bit more break-in time, or it’s so new it just wanted some more TLC on the range at first. 
 

Hi-Point YC9 Yeet Cannon Pistol
Hi-Point teamed up with Crimson Trace for a low-cost dot option. (Photo: Paul Peterson/Guns.com)


I attempted to mount a 3-MOA Crimson Trace red dot. Unfortunately, my first attempt with that particular dot lacked the adjustments to bring it low enough to the point of impact for my tests. 
 

Hi-Point YC9 Yeet Cannon Pistol
As for its accuracy capabilities, here's a three-shot group using the Crimson Trace red dot at 25 feet. It has some precision chops, but I will note that the 3-MOA dot is on the budget side. (Photo: Paul Peterson/Guns.com)


After some fiddling, I got it to line up with the Crimson Trace micro dot that Hi-Point offers. A bit of patience with pistol dots pays off if you’re running into any issues. The dot itself presented unexpectedly well given the size of the YC9 slide. The window popped up nicely for my eye relative to the natural pointing of the pistol. My issue with it is that I noticed the zero shift twice over the course of my shooting, which has happened to me before with these specific dots. Your mileage may vary.
 

Hi-Point YC9 Yeet Cannon Pistol
My least favorite feature was the magazine release, because it’s hard to reach without adjusting your grip, but the heel of my palm interferes with ejecting mags quickly anyway. (Photo: Paul Peterson/Guns.com)


On a final note, the magazine ejection button is a bit hard to reach and small. I found it was often easier to simple hit the release and extract the magazine with my support hand. That became intuitive quickly.
 

Pros & Cons

Here’s my short list of pros and cons:

Pros:

  • Low cost for entry into gun ownership
  • Employee-owned and operated
  • American-made
  • Significantly improved grip texture
  • Angled slide with front/rear serrations
  • Suppressor-ready
  • Optics-ready with options for plate or Picatinny rail
  • 10+1 versus 8+1 capacity
  • Front Pic rail
  • Peep and notch rear sight options
  • Adjustable rear sight

Cons:

  • Mag release is hard to reach
  • Grip can resist mag ejection
  • Early reliability/break-in period
  • Somewhat heavy for capacity
  • Magazine/grip safeties are not my thing 
  • Crude thumb safety
  • Budget red dot had some zeroing issues
     

Final Thoughts

 

Hi-Point YC9 Yeet Cannon Pistol
Overall, the YC9 fixed or improved most of the things I didn’t like about the C9, which makes it a good step forward in my book. (Photo: Paul Peterson/Guns.com)


Hi-Point makes no pretenses that the YC9 or any of its guns are the world’s finest fighting or competition firearms. That’s not the company’s mission, so I generally toss out any complaints from people who try and compare guns like this to $1,000+ firearms. 

The company aims for affordable and accessible products that remove barriers to gun ownership. I applaud that. In a “Yeet or be Yeeten” world, the YC9 adds a tactical-lite option that won’t make bank accounts cry. Plus, it’s still a hoot to shoot with friends on the range, and I’m normally more than satisfied with that alone.

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