Did Uncle Sam give you a Colt?
Did you have any major problems with it?
If not, why not just wait for prices to return to normal and nab one for yourself or hunt for a good deal?
By that time, you should have enough saved up for an Aimpoint, some PMAG's, and a case or two worth of ammo. When you're shooting on your own dime, it seems like it's AR candy and the candyman can (and will) charge an arm and a leg for a can of candy.