I bought my s&w moe edition because it is an exact Ar platform minus the forward assist. I'm a Leo so I wanted it to train with. The 1022 is a great gun and stocks can be bought for them, but not a true Ar platform. I studied it extensively before I.bought. Yes its pretty pricey but you can get the standard s&w model for around $ 400. On top of training the s&w is just way more fun to shoot than a 1022. The mossbergs I looked at seemed pretty good and the reviews were all pretty good, but I wanted a flat top with flip up buis. Think about what you want to do with the gun, study whats out there and go from there. I looked at building a 1022 up, looked at the mossbergs, sigs, colts, and decided the s&w was exactly what I was looking for so spent the extra money. Your wants and needs may be different than mine.