Three times I made it out of my office to drive to the my LGS to buy that very model. Three times I decided to procrastinate because I had something else to do. Then Firearmageddon hit and the prices doubled and the inventory disappeared. I was shopping for 22LR today and about fell over backwards when I saw the last AR-15 on their rack. And it's the model I was thinking about. And while it's not as cheap as it was before Firearmageddon, it's still $40 less than MSRP. And it's in stock!
The M4 wasn't my style either, hence my presence here at PerfectUnion. The only gun I love more than my Mini 14 is my M1A Scout. Nothing like it. The M1 Garand lineage symbolizes (in the context of guns) everything I respect and admire about America and I saw the M16 lineage as symbolic of the erosion of our modern society. A bit dramatic perhaps. But, throughout the past four or five months I've started thinking that I may someday want an AR pattern rifle. Perhaps it will come to symbolize America's reawakening liberty? This may be the last chance.
Thank you for all the feedback guys. I drove back to the shop and they were gone. Snoozed; lost. The guy I talked to prior to my first post said "we've got a bunch of them; just got a shipment in." I should have never left the counter.
I have nearly 2000 rounds through my m&p 40 since my son got it for me last summer. Not a single issue of any kind, with commercial and handloaded ammo, including cast, plated hollow point, and fmj bullets in 155, 165 and 180 gr. Really good guns from a really good company. Oh and over 10,000 dry fires, BTW. Not a single issue.
The AR market is completely crazy. Glad I've got options, but man do I wish I had bought one two months ago when the notion first struck me. They were $649 at my LGS. Today they sell for three times that on armslist.com. The Moody Blues may have been wrong, but it doesn't seem like the gun industry will ever go home to prices like that again.