Oh no- the CZ rifles are very far from garbage. They are worth every penny, and if there are any shortcuts made in there manufacturing processes- they hide them really well.
I'm not 100% sure where Allen is- closer to Texarkana/New Boston or Dallas metro area? Anyway, a well informed purchase should involve a lot of looking and research- I really hope you get a chance to handle a CZ firsthand amongst the others before you buy. You'll see what I mean. And if you ever venture into the Panhandle- I could let you send a few rounds down range with one of mine. I have both the 527 Varmint and the American models in .223.
Rednecks... Keeping the woods critter-free since March 2, 1836. (TX Independence Day)
I'm going to use the words "clip" and "Long Colt" every chance I get. It grinds my gears to see new members attacked when we all know dang good and well what's being refered to.