So, I picked up another AR.
I was talking with a local guy who had been dealing with Bear Creek Arsenal for about a year & 1/2. He'd sold a lot their rifles in that time and he had only gotten back positive feedback. Bear Creek is a family owned company out of Sanford NC and it's been around for quite sometime, but I'd never heard of them.
They carry (5) different rifle models depending on what you're looking for.
I chose the KODIAK which has a 16'' Parkerized barrel, 1:9 twist rate and a free float quad rail. It's an ORC model that is chambered for 223/5.56/223 wylde. These rifles are built from top to bottom at their facility. Every rifle comes with a lifetime guarantee.
BCA has it listed at $649, but I walked away it for $699, which is a pretty good price in Jersey. We have to do the NICS check, he pinned the stock and brake, and he threw in (3) 15 rd mags.
I haven't been to the range yet, gonna add optics before heading out to season the barrel.
Range report to follow.