This rifle exceeded my expectations. Even with a government profile barrel Daniel Defense makes up for the weight with its high quality rail systems that are exceptionally light. The barrel itself is hammer forged and chrome lined. The properly staked gas key, 1-7twist rate and m4 feed ramps are also great features that put this rifle up there with Colt, LMT, Troy, and Noveske. You don't pay for the name, so resale will be more difficult than with a colt rifle (for example), but don't underestimate the additional features such as the sling swivel point at the base of the receiver, or the magpul trigger guard and buttstock. Overall this rifle performed beautifully at the range in terms of accuracy and reliability, the only part I switched was the stock trigger. A great buy for those looking for a high quality rifle.