Originally Posted by cyphertext
Right now, the Ruger is available online for $464... I've seen the Sport 2 at $500. Even the mil-spec only crowd can't argue that these are not incredible values at these prices.
I agree. I have a mil spec AR (Colt) that cost me about $900. As much as I like it it is NOT twice as good as an AR556 or Sport II. The Colt may
be more durable but functionally it's not any better. A lot of very hard use may expose some weaknesses in the lower priced ARs but I doubt many of us use our rifles that hard. It's difficult to buy a bad AR these days. I'm sure there's a few bad ones out there but most well known AR manufacturers are producing pretty decent rifles.