The AR marketplace is saturated with options these days, so when Falkor Defense introduced The Standard, I was a little surprised. Why would a company known for their high end AR platforms decide to make something in an entry level platform and what would set them apart from everyone else. One thing I wanted to clear up, this is NOT a budget AR. This rifle has a MSRP of $1599. While there is nothing wrong with budget AR platforms, this rifle falls into the category of a Daniel Defense or BCM. Some people may want to say that this is not an entry level platform, but it is an entry level for what I would classify as a tier 1 rifle. These rifles are for the person looking for a “working” rifle, like competitors, LEO, serious enthusiasts, and serious hunters. Curious about the rifle I reached out to Falkor to see if I could run one for a little while. They graciously lent me one for a month. One of the first things I noticed upon receiving it was the attention to detail in little things. For example, it comes in a hard case, which many rifles in this category do, but instead of just egg foam, it had cut hard foam with addition cutouts pre-cut but not removed for things like optics. Nice touch for sure, but obviously does not effect the shootability.