WOW! Listen to you guys...the Diggs asked for "economical", not Daniel Defense or Troy or [insert manufacturer here].
And YES, UTG is associated with Airsoft and Paintball accessories and parts, too. They are also involved in parts for AR15, AK47, SKS, FAL, G3, M14, etc. and not just the Airsoft or Paintball versions of those pieces. For that matter, I've seen the locals around here running ACOGS, AIMPOINTS, and Eotechs on their Airsoft toys. :rolleyes:
Leapers.com - UTG products
Do I recommend them? Well, let's say that there are 'better' choices out there, but those choices will cost more. Go back to my first reply to this thread, and I asked - what price range and whether or not he wanted FREE FLOAT.
As he pointed out that Yankee Hill and Midwest Industries were a bit 'pricey', UTG is a viable option, as they are in the next price category below Yankee Hill and Midwest Industries. The lowest price I've seen on Yankee Hill is around $99 - when they are on sale.
Yankee Hill Machine YHM Lightweight Tactical Free Float Mid Length
I know of a few folks who are presently running with UTG parts on their SUR's with no issues. And I know of a few who have run into issues with Yankee Hill, Midwest, Troy, Samson, Larue, Vltor, and even Daniel Defense - myself included. Luckily, most of those outfits will make it right if there is an issue and you haven't trashed the product while trying to install/uninstall it.
Not everyone out there has to have the latest brand-name product that is being reviewed in magazines, pushed by forums, etc. Not everyone needs them, either. For utility's sake, if brand-x quad rail works for what you want it to do, then by all means go for it. But if you need to have brand-y's NAME for everyone around you to see, or so you can tell everyone that you have it, and that's all you will use, because that's what you read in the latest gun-rag/forum/or your urban-SOCOM-mall-ninja buddy said so, or if you like to 'buy nice or buy twice' and can afford it, then by all means go buy that one. And yes, sometimes you do get what you pay for - but not always.
I'm not saying that one brand is better or worse than the other, or that you should or shouldn't use one or the other. Buy what YOU can afford, and that works for what YOU want it to do. Yes, there is a chance that what you try the first time may or may not work out. If not, return it (if you can), sell it, or chalk it up as learning experience, and go on until you figure it all out. There is no magic button (this isn't STAPLES).