I would not by one dated after 2005. I have a couple of 98 & 99 models that are OK. You have to pick them out in person, and not risk a bad one out of the box. The QC is awful. The other thing is his Web Site has become corny, and dumb. The amount of things flashing, plus the supermarket ninja look keeps me away. At a show, I will put my name in for the custom draw, but that is it. Just got a Hinderer XM-18, and LOVE it! The XM-18 is far better than any Emerson ever made!