... Given recent events and the current state of the republic, is it time to take the leap? I am afraid if I don't, I may miss my chance to ever get one (an AR). What do you think?
Yes, now would be the time to buy. Sen. Diane Feinstein just said today she will introduce an AWB bill immediately in 2013 so the Commiefornications are coming after all of us now. Rumors are if it passes it will not be retroactive, so it will only ban new sales much like the Clinton AWB. We have to hope enough congressmen remember what happened after the last AWB and want no part of one today.
Supply isn't too bad right now but as word of this gets out no doubt parts are going to be harder than ever to get. Probably like after the 2008 election. I think I'll pick up more magazines before they dry up.
The biggest issue with assembling an AR isn't so much getting the parts together right - it's getting the right parts together.
US Army 1966-69, VFW Life Member, Retired Geek