Shorter barrel = more attractive to most Nutz = higher price.
Manufacturer makes less of them than other models = higher price.
Demand is most likely exceeding supply (even if there are some on the shelf at SFRC right now), so they can charge more.
No fault of SFRC. If you can get an extra buck, get the extra buck - it's a business, not a charity. They offer a great product (primarily their service, as ammo and firearms can be purchased from other places - but SFRC service can only come from SFRC). I would gladly pay (and have already paid) a few extra dollars to a guy who seems to enjoy his work, processes transactions quickly, ships fast, replies to questions and emails quickly, and still offers a better price than my local supplier.
I know you know this burnaby - not insulting your intelligence. Maybe I just needed to get a rant out.
I feel better now.