Originally Posted by mjkeat
... I think purchasing the "correct" AR is one of the more simple things to do. There's so much information out there and things are changing but a couple days to a week of good reading and you'll have all the info you need. I enjoy reading about ARs so the research is fun.
For an "all around AR" I would go w/ a standard non M4 cut barrel. I prefer a lightweight barrel but... With a $1500 budget I would go Daniel Defense or soend around $930 on a BCM midlength and use the rest for an Aimpoint H1.
I agree, anyone who's done a few research projects in high school or college should have the mental faculties to get a good idea what they need in an AR. And unlike what you may have been assigned in school, this project should be very interesting! And fun.
For $1500, a BCM LW midlength with Aimpoint H1 would fill the bill nicely for me as well.
The biggest issue with assembling an AR isn't so much getting the parts together right - it's getting the right parts together. You'll remember the quality of a gun long after you forget how much you paid for it.
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