I am new to the AR world, as alot of posts here seem to say. I have been looking for awhile and am now looking seriously. I saw a Rock River Predator Pursuit today at a gun show and it was sweet. 20" stainless heavy Wilson barrel, round forearm, in the flat top configuration. Nice trigger too. But the guy didn't take trades so, not having $1000 handy, I left. Went to a gun shop that is a dealer for RRA, and he also had a good deal on Smith and Wesson M&P's, flattop, 16" barrel, and a collapsable stock. I could get for $799 after rebate. Not bad.
Now, here is my problem. I really like the RRA. But pricey. S&W ok. Don't really like the skinny barrel and collapsable stock. My requirements are good accuracy and reliability. I am NOT going to accessorize this thing like I am going to combat. I handload and intend to taylor a load to the gun. I am going to use this gun for strictly target shooting, have a big scope on it, and the RRA has a 3/4" MOA guarantee. But the guy swore to me the S&W would shoot just as good. And could I swap out the collapsable stock for a fixed one? So, who has experience with the S&W? Some opinions would be greatly appreciated.
The Predator Pursuit lists for $1075 in the RRA retail catalog. I bought the NMA4 which lists for $1215. But I paid $915...how? If you are friends with an FFL holder, ask him to give you a signed copy of his FFL and order the gun directly from RRA. It will ship to his address, but you will get dealer pricing! You will pay less for the RRA than for the S&W also. RRA's dealer pricing is $300 less than their retail pricing. Incidentally, with my handloads I knocked the 3/4 moa guarantee down to less than 1/2". They are VERY accurate and you would need a machine rest to measure their true potential. The .223 Wylde Chambering is more accurate than the standard 5.56 chambering. Additionally, RRA sells complete uppers from 9mm up to .458 Socom if you ever want to convert your AR in another caliber!