I took a chance and ordered one of these from J&G gun sales for $499. With an extra mag, freight, and FFL fee, my total was $596. Since it showed up today, I haven't shot it yet but I wanted to give my first impressions. After I strip it down tonight it will be ready for the range. It's going to be a great weekend here in Idaho so I shouldn't have a problem updating this before it's over. Here's a pic to start off:
From what I've read there are two receivers being installed on these rifles. The first is a painted receiver with serial # on the side. These scratch easily. I received the other type that is parkerized and has the serial # on top. From what I have read, and I have no idea if this is true, these receivers are closer to the original HK receivers.
The butt-stock and forearm grips look bad. They are pretty scratched up and have been sprayed with a shiny textured paint that looks silly with the flat black of the receiver. There are no major dings, however, and I'm not too concerned about this because I want to paint them a dark green.
Both magazines were well worn and the extra was expensive ($50). One of them has a good ding but both fit great. I had heard of some fitting issues but not mine. They were full of grit and will get some lovin too.
Sights look straight. The rear site swivels despite reports that others have had problems with them.
Here's the big one. Complaints of head space being too little abound. Head space on these rifles shrinks as they wear. Mine is a decent .016 (.406mm). Whew! I'll re-report this # after this weekend.
Knock on wood, I'm encouraged. Right now I'm going to stop writing and tear into it.