[range report added] Just picked up my new Hi-Point .40 S&W carbine Tuesday, cleaned and played with it yesterday. Y'know, this thing is not nearly as ugly as the Hi-Point pistols. Sheet metal shrouds the zinc alloy receiver parts from view. I have stared at pictures of ARs and AKs long enough to become acclimatized to run-of-the-mill ugly anyway. (Yeah, I actually held an AR once while studying it.) It is supposed to warm up to 50° or so tomorrow, so I can take it to the range. I've played with it enough to know the controls - that recoil spring is some rugged!). Photos with the range report, I hope. [I confess I bought this gun because I have a lot of .40 S&W components to mess with. Soon we will know if the result is serendipity or yet another screw-up.] Got to the range this morning. Temp in the 20s instead of the 60s that were there last Friday. I overslept, had no time. Anyway, the gun shoots nice, both with factory ammo and my reloads. It was apparently sighted in at the factory, because it was 'right on' at 25 yards. What recoil there is (there is a little) is straight back, very little muzzle lift. Feeding was flawless with both magazines. I'm thinking I will have some fun with it next summer.