A couple of weeks ago I picked up a Hi-Point .40 S&W carbine at Cabela's. Here are the reasons I decided to get the 4095TS: The price was right. I liked the unusual look of the firearm. Ammo is cheap and plentiful. For me, it is the right choice for home defense. Made in the USA. Simple to strip and clean. Lots of reasonably priced accessories available to deck it out. But wouldn't you know it, no matter how well it's made (or how well it meets my requirements), there are always going to be people who can't hold their tongues when it comes to voicing their preferences. That's how it was when I stopped in to a small gun shop close to home. I told the owner I had bought the Hi-Point and he shook his head. I asked, "what's wrong? You don't like Hi-Points?" To which, he replied, "I hate 'em. Hate the way they look. They're ugly." I pressed the issue a little further and asked, "but they're rock solid, have a nice balance, and are really reliable." The gun shop owner wasn't having any bit of it. He simply didn't like the marque. It was purely a matter of aesthetics for him; more about brand name than specific qualities. Now, I know some folks would consider it stooping to own a Hi-Point. For them it's either top-shelf or nothing at all. But how about a little respect for the guy who's just looking for a reliable, affordable firearm? I've seen this type of partisan behavior before in the motorcycle world. Tell someone you own a BMW and they're ready to tell you what an idiot you are for not buying a Harley. Tell them you bought a Japanese bike for its reliability and they'll crucify you for single-handedly denting our fragile economy. I'm not surprised that there's passionate loyalty in collector groups. It's healthy for technological development as well as the economy. But when the arguments are reduced to base snobbery and brand evangelism devoid of regard for user requirement it's all gone much too far. I'm very happy with my Hi-Point. She's the girl with less-than-Greek features who laughs at your stupid jokes and isn't needy or clingy. She defends you and stands by your side. You want to hold her hand. How can you not fall in love with her? Has anyone else come up against Hi-Point snobs? I'd love to hear how you deal with them.