My order; 1) Colt. 2) S&W
I don't know if Colt will slip under $1K or not. The tag on the Colt I traded for last week was $1099 and there are models under it, so I would think a Colt could be had for $1k, or so close the change in the car seat should make up the difference.
Why Colt? I'll use my example again:
Instructors see what works and what doesn't. Every one of them I know has a Colt. They may have others, but they all have a Colt or several.
I had not bought a new Colt AR in a few years, so seeing the details was a reminder of sorts when I got that one last week. Everything was staked that should be staked, the cross pins retaining the front sight were tight, the push pins were secure yet could be pushed out under finger pressure...all the little details that make the difference were there. They magnaflux all of their bolts, not just random samples. Just seeing the "HPT" (high pressure test) on the barrel put it ahead of many others and made it worth what little it cost over others that are "almost".
Sorry to sound like bragging on my Colts but I've had others and still do, but I've always liked Colt ARs. The difference is in the details, and they have them. These things may cost a little more, but have been worth it to me.
Sorry the 10mm isn't coming.
I was looking forward to you testing that out for me.
Can't we all just get a long gun?
Kydex? Anyone need Kydex gear?