Yes that's a very good thing! And it's cold hammer forged, another very good thing. I would like to see more specs but that's promising. I'm now thinking it's probably a quality rifle. Odds are a high quality barrel points to overall high quality.
What profile barrel did you get? I have a DD upper receiver with their midlength pencil barrel. Great upper.
Anyway, more specs, and pics would be good too. I honestly don't know much about them but your brother may be right that they're nearly milspec. Maybe he can help you get more info posted?
Anyway, leaning towards a thumbs up on the new Kentucky Rifle.
See guys, I don't alway trash a new rifle!