Originally Posted by bartwatkins
Yes, Nighthawk should be added/discussed here. That company was orginally started with a couple of Bill Wilson's gunsmiths.
To me - Wilson, Baer, Brown & Nighthawk should all be discussed on equal footing as the premier semi-custom manufacturers. You can get Wilson to add more custom features than Brown will on a build gun and if someone personally prefers one over the others that is great but the whole comparison analogies to cars made earlier is stretching it a bit, I'd say.
These guys are in business because the build a heck of a product. If they didn't, they would be unknown footnotes on a list of failed gun manufacturers. Once you start playing in this price range, it boils down to personal taste.
If things haven't changed too much in recent months, Baer was the "value leader" of the group with prices that start around $1800 for the entry level models. Worth noting, once you get noticeably north of $3000, you get to the point when a "True Custom" is worth looking into. If nothing else, the waiting period might be shorter