Approximately 100% of the ARs on the current market are 'hand built'
Originally Posted by Mercator
Colt says hand built, FWIW. What IYO would be better for $1K? Not building.
. To my knowledge, robots are not yet building AR15s. Does a gun enjoy added value because it was hand-built
by a $12/hr temp? Like I said, I don't think this gun is terrible...I just think it's skating heavily on wearing the Colt name and expecting purchasers to pay extra for that attribute.
I suspect this gun is an $80 handguard better (and roll mark, if you love Colt) than a $600 S&W M&P Sport. All the other essentials seem to line up from what I see.
FYI, and for all those who don't want to build: You can
build, without building
! You can buy a super excellent complete lower
for like $250 after all shipping, BGC, and Xfer fees. Then you can add a high grade midlength barreled upper (with excellent handguard/rail via PSA/BCM), BCG, CH, and sights of your choice. It can all be done for a price that will render this 'Colt' insignificant. And you won't actually
have to build it. You'll assemble a few pieces that will not eclipse the basic knowledge required to clean your AR15.
That's my suggestion
. If you feel the need to buy a complete rifle, the Colt isn't a terrible deal. It's just not a great one either. You could get $200-300 better in terms of quality for the same price...by assembling, and not even building.