I got one a few months ago to teach my 9 yr old daughter to shoot with. I heard all the bad things about it but figured what the heck. We've got about 250 rounds through it with no problems. It's a nice plinker and I prefer the heft of it.
I recommend it. It's awful fun. Took me a few lips to adjust to it. I kept expecting recoil (used to sooting .223 and .45) and got pretty bad groups. my daughter on the other hand was shooting like a pro.