I personally like to keep things simple, the simpler things are with guns and weapons the easier it is to fix. I’ve found the necessity to having loctite on everything that can be screwed in and I have already had atleast 3 scope ring failures while on the firing range. I have a few rifles that I have seriously considered taking a welding torch too because they are so harsh on optics and mounts that I just don’t expect them to hold up under long firing sessions. Some of the gun mounts and accessories that were around a decade ago have probable been put out of business by now. The whole after market magazines industry has been cleaned up and I have already seen the results at gun shows.
Finding a good Carbine that holds up to what you want it to be only takes a little time, but customizing your guns and knowing how to adapt to those customizations takes range time. We get people walking in here want to hold magpul accessories in their hands but it’s not the same as using them on a firing line. We have several blue rifles in the store with rails on them because it’s really important to the operator to know how the grips feel in certain positions and how their body is going to need to adjust to them. Positioning your grips, especially the foregrips is something you need to figure out for yourself and know how to adapt even if it feels odd at first.