I have the cash and am looking at buying one of these two rifles in the next week. The rifle will be for home defense, range work, plinking and maybe a few (non-competitive) practical rifle games. It will be my primary SHTF weapon, as well. I live 30 minutes from Rainier Arms, and am leaning that way due to the fact that if there are ever any problems, warranty work will be a snap. I also really like the RUC rifle ... it is light, handles like a dream and looks pretty bad-ass. I also like the way the PredatAR handles and feels. It doesn't feel quite as light as the RUC but very close, and I think I like it better for shooting prone or off a rest. It also looks pretty sexy....and chicks dig it. The hand guard/rail system on the RUC is a bit more comfortable in my hand, but I tend to think the LaRue may be better with heat. It's not like I'm going to be doing lots of mag dumps back-to-back or anything, but it is something to consider. I don't like the stock the LaRue comes with, but I already have a SOPMOD that will go on either rifle. I will get credit for the included VLTOR IMOD stock on the Rainier, though, if I supply my own stock. Not so the LaRue. The LaRue will also need after-market BUIS, which the Rainier already has. I give an edge to the LaRue's SSA trigger, but the ALG ACT on the Rainier is surprisingly crisp. I am not worried about resale value all that much, because either of these are precisely what I want in a rifle and I expect to keep it. Here's the question: Before tax (around here, that's 9%), I can walk out the door with the Rainier Arms RUC for around $1,450 and it will have everything I'd ever want on a rifle already installed. I can walk out the door with the LaRue for $1,895 (after adding BUIS). Is the LaRue worth the extra $450? Note: Either rifle will get an Aimpoint H-1 2MOA in a LaRue 660 QD mount. I already have both.