Gentlefolk, I touched on this in another area, and it was suggested I start another thread with my questions, and this area seemed the most appropriate. Now, the reason I am asking... At the start of The Craziness I bought one of the last converted Saiga AKs the store had. Nice rifle, goes bang, very happy. Now folks are discussing Colt ARs at $2K, or somwhere more than three times what my Saiga ran. Now, I know a lot of that is going to be a Craziness Tax, but my main question is, what makes the AR platform attractive enough that people are willing to pay these prices? My main area of interest is handguns, so I know why I prefer my Sigs over my Glocks, though they perform the same function equally well. And one is hit with the same price hit...a Sig will yield close to twice what a Glock does. But I don't have enough background with the AR .... OR the AK platform, to be able to understand the differences for those two examples. Not trying to start a war, just interested in information from those in the rifle waters deeper than I have been. Thx!