I have never owned any of their products, only seen them in use by others, mostly during classes. What stands out whenever I have been in an environment where people were really using their rifles hard was what I said earlier. Cheap AR's are cheap for a reason. They don't work as well as quality AR's. It all depends on what the person wants from their weapon. I want a weapon that I can be confident is going to be reliable, durable and accurate long term. That necessitates spending more money. Most AR owners, at least from my observation, want one because it's cool and they want to occasionally turn some money into noise on the range. A cheap AR does that just fine. The problems arise when people think that all AR's are created equal or fairly close. As long as people are honest with themselves about what they're buying that's fine, which is why I didn't just flat out say that the OP shouldn't buy a Bear Creek weapon, I said there's a reason they cost what they do.