You have all made great points but seriously, they could at least have nitride treated the barrel. It's not like they don't have the facilities to do it and it couldn't cost them all that much.
Better metal or not, it still can be made better and be priced close to what it is now. I just expect more from HK at that price point.
This rifle has potential but is disappointing as it currently exists.
You can't fix stupid. Not even with duct tape.