Yeah, I know about the R1 but a lot of people don't want the coating of the R1 but if you don't mind it that's a great deal. For not too much more you can get an H1 or R1 though so for lots this will be a great way to get a better optic for quite a bit less than they normally sell for.
As to the shipping times and issues with items being listed as in-stock that I've heard in the past the email I got lead off with this line:
"Guaranteed IN STOCK, same day shipping!"
So I'm pretty sure they're trying to repair their rep on this one.
Just for clarification, the R-1 and H-1 have the same lens coating... just different paint/anodizing or whatever outside finish of the bodies. There is no physical, performance, or functional difference between the two. Coming from California, and since I only consider total costs, it's about a 100 dollar difference between silver and black and I didn't choose to pay more for the H-1. Personal preference and all that