No snob points but very good rifles.
The implication that people buy a quality gun for snob/bragging rights irritates me to no end.
There are clear and quantifiable materials and manufacturing differences between a DPMS gun and a gun made to the Mil TDP.
Does everyone NEED to get a full spec gun? No... not really... and a DPMS gun my fit the exact needs of a shooter. Those of us who run a lot of rounds through our ARs and use them for defense, work, or whatever.... don't want to settle for a gun with short cuts in materials or manufacturing.
I run some aftermarket AR uppers, etc. that don't meet the TDP... but I limit their use to recreational shooting.