Dealer direct on a new SL8 is $999 and that makes your project very tempting. But I did the same as others and moved on. Purchased a Robinson Armament 96 Expeditionary and never looked back. Also, just took a SR15 M4 carbine from Knight on trade, cheap and may transfer it to myself. And when I feel the need for speed, there are no shortages of machine guns around here.