[QUOTE=43m1garand;2917571]Just like Colt handguns. High priced and there are others out there that are just as good or better for less money. People buy Colt's are just paying for the pony. People buy something because of a name. People also buy something just because it is used by the military or LE. That does not make it the best. Military and LE have budgets, bureaucracy, and politics to deal with when selecting equipment. Colt probably quit making ARs to drive their value up and will start making them again just like they do with their handguns. Colt has the retro XM117E2 for $2599 while Brownells has the same rifle for $999.99 sale price and was $1397.99 regular price. Troy made one too and it was less than the Colt. So spend twice as much for the Colt over the Brownells just for the pony name. I think some people get too sentimental about certain brands and buy them for that reason.
Like it or not, Colt has been the "Standard" since they got the spec's right first and then won the contract.
That's pretty much the end of that story.
There may be a few people getting it right, a few getting close, but many, many AR manufacturers cut what they consider insignificant corners that later come back to bite the buyer square in the wallet.
Colt prices have been as low as $995.00 recently, that's a bargain. You've seen what shoddy techniques have done to AK's made in America, what makes you think that is any different than with AR's?
Coming back and proclaiming your $650.00 S&W or $550.00 kit build "Just as good as a Colt" is simply wrong, you're either fooling yourself or you lack the knowledge to talk about the subject intelligently from a lack of experience.
I don't mean to offend and I wont discuss it any further, but there it is.