Hey, Squawk, I forgot about this thread. I was too hard on you and am sorry that happened. You're entitled to your point of view. I was probably having a bad day and heard the glorious Windham story one too many times.
It is a nice story but as we all learn sooner or later - buy the gun not the story.
The biggest issue with assembling an AR isn't so much getting the parts together right - it's getting the right parts together. You'll remember the quality of a gun long after you forget how much you paid for it.
US Army 1966-69, VFW Life Member, Retired Geek