It's just not an AR I don't think anyone said it felt cheap its just not got the AR controls and such. The rails are a molded part of the forfend and quite sturdy. If you want an AR looking, fun and reliable little plinker that you can accessorize it works. If you want an AR trainer that is an accurate clone, this isn't it. For us it was fine, my son just decided to try cowboy shooting, I'm glad we started with this one rather than laying out more for the Smith or Colt.
Keep up with the trends, avoid the fads, take your time and do work you can be proud of always