...I did go look at the Bushmasters at Academy. They had an A-2 and an A-3 both for $999.99. Neither spoke to me. They were lightweight at what felt like a little over 7 pounds. Nice but not what I am looking for. I still plan on going tommorow and look at real DPMS rifles at the dealer I listed earliier in Ft Worth.
For $1000 I see no reason to buy a 5.56/.233 DPMS or BM. At that price you're in the ball park for Colt and BCM. And for much less you can get a PSA. Anyone who already has DPMS/BM and likes them that's great but should you recommend them today for a new purchase when there are so many other fine choices out there? I wouldn't do such a thing to a new buyer.