Looking at past "deals," a lot of it was just buying at a time other people werent putting much value on what I wanted. A D.U. edition wingmaster with fixed rib modified barrel and smooth deer barrel for $150 at a dealer in 2005 was a pretty good deal. If anything though, we should be out looking for the great deals right now! ARs in many-a-flavor are available and priced right. I just got a nice shooting budget 223 combo (not calling it a build when all I did was snap together a complete lower and complete upper) for $307 including tax, shipping, and transfer fee. All in with mags, optic, and first 500 rounds of ammo less than $500. Think a 6.5 grendel will be joining it a tax time.