I agree on BCM, you really can't beat it for your application. I would look at a lightweight midlength barrel.
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.
US Army 1966-69, VFW Life Member, Retired Geek
Is this for duty? Are there any specific rule and regs you need to adhere to?
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