There must be something good with the AR platform, if most of the major gun companies in Germany are utilizing it. Germans are known for their practicality and quality workmanship. They chose the platform for that reason. The world seems so right, and I reach a certain zen when firing my Hera Arms AR. Everything works like it is suppose to, and I hit were I want the round to go to. There are actually competitions with semi-auto sports rifles. Sig, HK, Oberlunds, Schmeisser, Hera Arms are all represented there. Shooting my new AR reminds me of the first time I drove a friends Porsche, it is just magical. Sorry for rambling.