I just purchased the HBC three weeks ago (my 1st AR-15) and I love it!
I suppose it is just a personal choice for me, but I liked the straighter barrel
and the little bit of extra weight.
It is a little heavier but not extremely heavy.
It also shoots like a charm.
I pushed about 300 rds through it for the 1st time a week ago.
I used old ammo I had carried in my old Mini14 and it was kinda gummy
and several brands all mix matched. Not one jam the whole time and it is
very accurate right outta the case, and I'm a lousy shot!
I agree, go to a dealer, pick up one of each and judge for yourself.
Either way, it will be hard to turn down a Windham!
–– Eric Horne, N.C.