I purchased my HiPoint 995 (9mm) carbine new several years ago. It's an ugly sucker, but well worth the money as my example has been very accurate at any reasonable distance, and 100% reliable with factory mags. (Aftermarket ProMag's are "iffy"... Some work, some don't).
I did put a red dot scope on it, and I recommend you consider doing the same should you buy a HiPoint carbine.
Also, my understanding is that the new carbines have a completely different stock on them, doing away with the "sloped shouldered original model".. You might check that out.
For those of us who have the ugly stock versions there is an aftermarket company that makes a nice stock for the HiPoint should you want to pretty up your original carbine. I just leave mine alone, and keep shooting.
Excellent value for the money....