Granted, one does have to wait a while for a Battle Mistress. I would suggest a different strategy. The going price for a combat grade model is around $400-$450 if you purchase it from someone who waited a while and then decided to sell the BM when it arrived. I would keep an eye out for anyone who posts one for sale. Sure beats having to wait for one. But then again, I just drove a total of 950 miles this weekend so that I could get my hands on a Battle Mistress. I just couldn't wait!