These seem to be popping up more and more after the election, and there seems to be a common theme here. If you have to ask the question "is this rifle better than Colt?". You're probably better off getting the Colt. Why? Scenario 1. You're new to shooting and have been duped into believing "they all come from the same place" or Rifle X is what the local gun store is pushing. So you come to your favorite internet forum to get an opinion. Here you get responses in general. One person says they have Rifle X and it has been amazing and will defend that it is just as good as Colt. Several people will tell you to evaluate your needs and purchase accordingly. The last set of people will just cut to the chase and say buy the Colt. The fact is, that in the same price range ($800-$1100), Colts are the best value for an M4 pattern rifle with a few exceptions that I can count on one hand. There are "hobby grade" rifles at a significantly lower price point, and some of these represent a good deal (like the M&P sport), but a simple google search will show where they different from a Colt. In short, for an M4-pattern rifle, Colt takes the cake. For any other configuration in the $800-$1100 range, BCM, Daniel Defense, and LMT are the only companies I'd consider. Other companies, Bushmaster, RRA, etc, fall in this price range, but aren't of the same proven quality as those previously mentioned. It's for this reason that I don't recommend them. Let's move on to the other, much less common, scenario. Scenario 2. You're new, but like fancy things (who can blame you), and so you want the best rifle you can buy. You've done some research and have found something like the KAC SR-15. At this point, I feel that if you have to ask the question KAC SR-15 or Colt, than you would benefit more from a Colt, a case of ammo, and some instruction, than from a super fancy rifle. This may be where I differ from a lot of people, but a high-end rifle does not automatically make you able to shoot worth a damn. So, therefore, if you have to ask the question Rifle X vs. Colt, the answer should be Colt. I just wanted to get that off my chest.