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The HiPoint YC9 Yeet Cannon: A New Step Forward

MKS Supply recently released the long-awaited second edition of the Yeet Cannon series of handguns. With the huge success of the .380 caliber version, it only made sense to launch the 9mm version. I have been anxiously awaiting the YC9, and when MKS Supply reached out to me asking if I’d like to be one of the first to get my hands on it…I just could not resist.

HiPoint YC9 Shown with factory Sights
HiPoint YC9 Shown with Red Dot Sight

My introduction to the YC9 at my local gun dealer was met with a grin so big you’d think I was a 9-year old getting my Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Everyone at the dealer was eyeballing the Yeet Cannon but I had to remind them that they couldn’t say a word until the official release date. However, just like the lucky guy at the bar, I was the only one blessed enough to take this lady home with me.

While I was at my local dealer I thought I would go ahead and pick up some ammo for testing. I figured since this is a budget-friendly handgun, I would go with budget-friendly ammunition. I landed on 50 rounds of Blazer FMJ and 50 rounds of 115 grain PMC Gold FMJ. Although the YC9 should run any self-defense ammunition just fine, for my initial evaluation, the full metal jacket rounds should do the trick.

Let’s dive into the specifications of the HiPoint Yeet Cannon YC9. It is a massive step upgrade to the standard 9mm HiPoint handgun. The YC9 has several improvements that make it both aesthetically appealing and more fun to shoot. The YC9 weighs in at about 34 ounces unloaded, and although it is one of the heaviest 9mm’s on the market today, its MSRP of around $229 also makes it one of the least expensive handguns. I feel the trade-off is a winner’s choice. The YC9 comes standard with a front frame rail making it perfect for light attachment or aftermarket lasers. Just like its little brother, the G1, and its big brother, the JXP 10mm, the YC9 comes with a threaded barrel, allowing the shooter to utilize suppressed shooting options.

Yeet Cannon Version Shown with Front Pic Rail and Backstrap Safety

The grip of the YC9 has the new HP logo grip texture pattern, and HiPoint has added a backstrap extension making the YC9 very comfortable to grip and adding additional stabilization from felt recoil. Taking things, a step further, HiPoint has even added a backstrap safety to the YC9. I was very surprised to see this level of advancement on a firearm in this price range. In addition to the backstrap safety, the YC9 also has the standard side thumb safety that is standard on all HiPoint handguns. Even the magazine got a noticeable upgrade with the addition of a pinky extension, and it’s a 10-round double to single-stack magazine. If I had to guess as to why the new YC9 took so long to come out, it would be because magazines are hard to make…and this gun is designed around this magazine. Getting that combination perfect is never easy, but HiPoint has succeeded.

For my testing I used the German Precision Optics Red Dot mounted on the Pic Rail adapter.

One of my favorite things about the YC9 is the sight options. The standard sights are a 3-dot model with the rear sight being fully adjustable. The standard out-of-the-box sights for the YC9 are not bad, and they certainly do the trick; however, if you want to get fancy, HiPoint gives the option of both an RMR plate and pic rail adapter for the top slide. You can run your favorite red dot optic in just about any capacity or size you’d like. This takes your target shooting or even home defense to the next level. That is the coolest thing about the YC9 Yeet Cannon is the ability to outfit it in just about any way you like!

I decided to use basic ammunition when testing the YC9. I carried to the range a 50-round box of PMC 115 grain FMJ and a box of Blazer 115 grain FMJ just to put the YC9 through its paces. I set my target at 10 yards and sighted in the German Precision Optics red dot I had mounted on the Pic rail.  At first, I shot a little high and to the right, but after three or four rounds and getting used to the weight of the YC9 I was able to keep all other rounds within a 5-inch group at center mass on rapid fire. I was very pleased with this, especially since I do battle some arthritis in my left thumb joint and I admit I’m not the best shot in the world.

Author Shooting the YC9 with German Precision Optics Red Dot

The HiPoint YC9 performed without a flaw. It ate all 100 rounds with no hiccups. As with most HiPoints, performance does not seem to be an issue. I must admit, for a $200-$230 price point, the YC9 will make a huge splash on the market. It’s one of those guns that are perfect to add two or three to your collection for various rooms in the house, hiking, camping, or keeping in your vehicle. Make no mistake, HiPoints go bang, and they do it consistently. Just like the other HiPoint firearms I have tested, the YC9 holds its weight and gives the user several bells and whistles you do not typically find on firearms in this price range.

Center mass at 10 yards Rapid fire testing

I fully suspect the YC9 to be one of the best sellers of 2023 and 2024, so I suggest you get your order in fast with the dealer nearest you! To locate a dealer near you visit www.lipseys.com/dealerfinder