I picked this up in October, great time to get one as now they are all gone and prices are up. I like it a lot, it has many nice upgrades offered from RRA as compared to other models. It has a heavy profiled barrel that surely adds to the weight, the quad rail must also be pretty heavy. It shoots true right out of the box, I was hitting my target right off with no previous experience with AR's. I love the gun but when I hold this compared to other lighter models I feel a little like mine is a tank, I'm sure it is really tough but it is over 10 lbs loaded.