I'll Chime in here. When I first saw the magpul masada and the specs and it being broken down I got the feeling that I was seeing the Future Assault Rifle of the US military. And a good shot at a new rifle for me. At the time I only rifle I had was the PS90. Then They released info about the PDR. I really really really want a PDR with 16" barrel to SBR or as SBR from the factory.
Then Bushmaster was announced as the builder. OH SNAP I said. Actually said more than that. Bushmaster stuff from anyone I know that had Bushy rifles and my own experience has been hit or miss. Ok new design with company building AR's for years magpul still involved, I'll give them a chance.
The ACR as released is going to be a good carbine BUT want a 18 to 20" barrel or model if Bushmaster actually makes a item number with a 18" or even 20" barrel. Not a carbine but a rifle. Got to have the barrel length to take advantage of the ACOG with horseshoe reticule. A true assault rifle just no full auto.
I actually like the fixed stock.
Then yesterday the price info was sent to me in an email. I about fell out of my chair. Somebody had to of Bumped Their Head. It had to be a typo called Customer service rep, yep 2700. When that lady said $3000.00 for enhanced model, I told her "Lady put the crack pipe down and step back". she hung up on me.
To me the ACR is like the girlfriend takes her top off, bra too, outside in the middle of july. Then says it sure is cold out here, and puts the top back on then throws you the bra, after you asked her to marry you. :huh:
If I had 3 grand I would get one yes. BUT Not only No but Hell to the NO power get one right now. I'll wait. Everyone I know that wanted an ACR has said the exact same thing. One even says he has the 3 grand put back from waiting to get a SCAR but didn't like it when he found one to look says he's glad he didn't put it on order. Its just way too much sticker shock when we were told by magpul time after time $1500.
The Massoud is up next. Then the PDR may or may not get its chance. BUT I doubt very seriously that Magpul will go Bushy for those 2. IT will be 2012 or later before the PDR gets its chance, big ifffff here. God I hope the mayans are not right and just smoked to much Weed or I will get a PDR in July on my birthday and december rolls around it will all just END.
Now the 27th of January 2010 is going to be an interesting day for Apple I Hope. And I'm tired of having my hopes cut up into little pieces like some Kiddy scissor class had just made paper dolls. Get ready for something "insanely great" again.
Sorry for the rant just the truth.