It all depends what your purpose is. Mine is defense with a lot of friendly competition thrown in for fun. Defense means semi-auto for highest volume of fire, not bolt action. It means magazines and a good scope. It means a suppressor if you want, a muzzle brake, at least. It means looking at which weapons are used in (and have been proven by) the military and which ones are not. It means the best trade-off between accuracy and reliability. It means the "loaded" M1A.