I own a dozen firearms, including two that cost over $700, but I still keep this Hi-Point 9mm carbine by my bed. It is a tad bulky and the grip texture is subpar, but the only two important cons are: (1) a very heavy and gritty trigger; and (2) the magazine sits up in the mag well and can pinch your palm on fast reloads. Good news is M-CARBO sells a replacement trigger spring, which coupled with a good cleaning and polishing, will give you a pretty good trigger. And the 20-rd mags fix the mag well problem. The three things that really impressed me about this is that I have never had a jam (no malfunctions once so ever with any ammo), it has a ton of rail space, and there is a recoil absorbing buttplate (my Remington 1100 competition series cost 4x as much as this carbine and it is the only other gun I own with a recoil absorber on the stock). I had the opportunity to shoot a Kel-Tec Sub 2000, Kel-Tec CMR 30, Ruger PC9 carbine, and an AK pistol recently, and none of those are any better than this gun (yet they cost a lot). Save your money for some nice accessories (I have a SIG Romeo 5 red dot, a flashlight, and a short bipod on mine).