Hey I saw that thing, too. It was outside of the Rio, Right?
People sure are getting worked up about this. And why is every body mad at Magpul? They didn't set the price. They even thought it was going to be cheaper, I don't know why they didn't know but they didn't. Look, if it wasn't foe Magpul, there wouldn't be ANY
ACR. Not just an over priced ACR NO ACR
at all. They also never "lied" to us about the price. They hoped that it would be cheap but bushmaster had other ideas.
People are just mad that is is more expensive than they wanted. I am, too. But I don't see where all this huffing and puffing is going. People think that by threatening not to buy
that they will change their minds and lower the price. That's not going to happen with a huge company like bushmaster and its owners in charge. They released it with high prices to skim off the people that will pay early adopter prices first. Then they'll lower the price and get the general market. By that time half of the people that threatened not to buy
one will have cooled off and will probably buy one anyway.
Then you'll have a whole new market of people that are unaware of this whole thing saying "Wow! Now I can get that ultra cool ACR that they have had at my local sporting goods store for years for half the price! What a deal!"
My point is this: Magpul seems to be interested in bringing good products to the market. I think this because the people in charge were former operators themselves (0321 FTW
). They know what our guys need and they make them at an affordable price. Just look at ANY of their product line.
Bushmaster on the other hand is run by suits, suits that only see one thing: $. I try to be objective as much as possible. I'll admit at first I was really ticked that the price was so high and I wouldn't be able to afford one. After a while to cool down I thought about it more, and I have come to the conclusion that it was a good business move. I may disagree with it, but it is probably a good move for them. After all Bushmaster IS run by suits, they know their $, and how to get it. If they can get more money overall by alienating just a few (comparatively) people then why not do it?
For me now, the best case scenario is that it gets adopted by the military. This will be a good thing for our guys in the field. That is why I believe Magpul created it. Once, if ever, it gets adopted, then more companies will start making it, and the price will go down. Hopefully that will mean I won't have to buy one from bushmaster. And hopefully it will be soon! I doubt it will, but I hope so. The sooner our guys can get it the better, and the sooner the price drops, the better. Its win win... sorta
Now back to our regularly scheduled flame wars and finger pointing
Its not a threat. I can't justify spending $3k on an assault rifle, no matter how excited I am about it.
Also, I am disappointed in Magpul and Bushmaster who all along lead the community to believe that this rifle was designed to be affordable to the masses. "The People's Rifle" they called it. Now it is just "The Rich People's Rifle" and nothing more than a minor curiosity that could have been. How utterly disappointing.