If you are just wanting something for plinking around, or "running off dogs" as you say, I think it would probably work very well for this... But if you are planning on confronting poachers, or useing this gun for defencive purposes, I believe I would go with something else. ... I do not own any Hi-Point handguns, but my son in law and a friend of mine do, and they are both pleased with theirs and say they are reliable. So I am not "talking down" these guns. They may be fine firearms... But for something that may absolutly, positively have to work, every time, all the time ... my own opinion is that I'd look at something with a more "proven record". They just don't inspire in me the kind of confidence I need in a defencive handgun.... Just my 2 cents.
Seems to me that "Time" is merely an artificial concept, created by man, with which to hassel himself.
I agree with joe, a 22 with ratshot or cb caps will run off a dog but I prefer a weapon with a little more defined track record for defensive use. Something that you can use under pressure that will work when you need it to, period. Short barrelled revolvers are hard to beat, lots of sound, flash and reliability. Some of the ported semi autos will give that big flash also.
Question: What are you implying by saying running off dogs and poachers? If you see a poacher will you be waving your weapon in a defensive, threatening, or agressive manner? If you are saying that you are looking for a semi automatic for personal defense against dogs and poachers than there are many out there that will do the job. Example, a 1911 .45 ACP is perfect for personal protection. You can find them out there raging in many different prices and there is plenty of ammunition for it. For dogs, a .38 caliber revolver will do the job.
Always know your target, it's foreground and background. Aim small hit big.
In a defensive situation you need a weapon you have absolute confidense in. A lifetime warranty is no good if the gun might fail you at a critical time. My choice is my SigSauer P-228. They can be a bit pricey - $400 used and $500 -700 new. My brother who is a navy cop said the navy cops are going to them because of thier reliability.
My recomendation would get something you would have absolute confidense in. You might have to wait for a while until you can save the money but it will be worth it. When it is a situation where it is you or them you don't want to hear "click".
I'd go with a medium sized revolver in .357. I know from experience that farm guns tend to accumulate more dirt, grit and wear than "city" guns. The revolver stands up to this better than most auto-loaders. The .357 is a great all around cartridge for self defense, dogs and 'yotes orputting down a wounded animal, plus it's plenty of gun to reach out and take a deer or hog if a good shot presents itself. If you do want to go automatic get a Glock in .40 or .357Sig.
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