JOwens, I can tell you're a knowledgeable guy and are certainly welcome here. Your opinion does matter. But take some time to get to know the ropes here before challanging senior members, especially moderators! This is a very friendly site and we don't like bickering, it's ok to disagree (and we all have our own opinions) but do so with tact and respect. I'm sure you've seen how bickering gets out of hand on other sites and that's something we all try to avoid here. Just makes it a more pleasant experience.
JD is an extremely knowledgeable guy with a lot of years in the gun industry and is an excellent gunsmith. We all learn a lot from him. I sure am amazed by many of his technical comments in various threads. Read his comments in other threads and you'll soon see what I mean. The man knows his stuff!
Anyway, I hope you stick around and bet you'll like the place if you do...
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.
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