I have not looked into parts recently...I would guess they are lower as AR prices have dropped off due to high volumes that got produced in front of the scares. I would think you can find a very good gun at a reasonable price across the web. Some of those builds on GunBroker had my eye a few years back. Some sweet rifles at great prices. Just need somewhere to take delivery. There are so many aspects to the AR platform I wouldn't care in the least to buy one with a big name brand stamped on it. Not necessary.
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