Just curious if anyone has picked a 9mm carbine, and what they recommend or NOT recommend lol.
I owned a hi-point carbine a couple of years ago. I bought it for $100 (that includes tax and BG check!) at a local pawn shop. As far as a gun to plink with or to teach people to shoot a rifle, I thought it did great. Worked 100% with all sorts of ammo. I usually pulled out the trusty 10/22 with new shooters, but the hi-point in 9mm recoiled very little, was a blast to shoot, and handled very nicely. I think if you were looking for a home defence weapon you can do much better that a 9mm carbine. If that's what you have I think it can work, but I wouldn't go out an buy a 9mm carbine for home defence. You get the length and weight of a rifle and the ballistics of a pistol-not the best combo. Like Mas says-the rifle or shotgun is the artillery. You want artillery with enough power to stop whomever is threatening you or your family right now-something a 9mm has done before, but not with the consistency of a 12/20 gauge shotgun or a rifle. In short-they can be cheap and fun to shoot-but not the ideal self-defense piece in my opinion.
I would buy a cheaper 9mm carbine (like the hi-point) for fun, or something a bit nicer (and a larger magazine capacity) like a lone wolf G9 for competition.