Almost jumped in on the other Hi-Point thread found here, but my question might have derailed that one (comparing 9mm and 45 acp). My question is about the general quality, reliability and value of the Hi-Point 9mm carbine. My son wants one, and it might be a cool surprise for him when he returns from Afghanistan. His logic is that they're inexpensive to buy, cheap to feed and something fun to bridge the gap between his 10/22 and 308. I asked one pal whose opinion I respect and he called it a really bad idea. Other takes?