Like others have said, AR prices have been berserk for a few months now, Century Arms makes (assembles rather) just the rifle you're looking for using Colt parts. They're not known for being the highest quality manufacturer but usually they make good shooters and Century has good customer service and will fix most any problem a rifle comes with.
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Sgt. of Marines, 5th Award Expert Rifle, 237/250
1st Award Expert Pistol, 382/400
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