Looks are not a concern, I've found that my right thumb hits the bow when I try to bring the carbine to my shoulder rapidly. I'm planning to use it as a home defense gun and want in the best for me configuration. I got it from a seller that needed money in a hurry. I only paid $425 for the carbine. The sight and shroud set me back another $125. I paid $65 for the bow removal and texture on the grip. The main reason I'm think about a different shroud is to add a bit more muzzle weight, I've found if I add about 8 ounces more I swing through a moving target better.