It is sad indeed.... he really was one of the GREATEST minds in his craft. Noveske AR's are top shelf with no question. It is especially sad to loose someone such high valued in the field in such a scary time for us in the business.
On a less depressing note... AR's are still out there... where I work has gotten dribs and drabs in... and a few other local shops I know the staff at have been getting them in too. It is ridiculous what people are trying to sell for way too much money... but at the same time I can understand the panic.
Glad to hear you were lucky enough to score a great rifle at a reasonable price however.