I consider myself a fairly experienced shooter, mostly with handguns and shotguns. I own a couple of bolt action rifles, but lately have become very interested in the AR-15 (black guns). Reading through the many threads on this forum, there is a tremendous amount of knowledge and advice. My goal is to purchase an AR before year's end. With the current political environment, I've noticed slim picking at my local stores. I don't want to make a panic purchase, but it seems the clock is ticking... The consensus of advice here is to build your own for the best bang for the buck. My knowledge of this platform is very limited (mostly what I've read hear and a little hands on shopping and firing a couple of range acquaintances weapons. While I'd love to learn enough about the platform to build one from scratch, I currently don't know enough about the options and their relative merits to get started. My thought was to purchase a "whole" rifle before year end with a versatile set of features, shoot it, learn about it, and hopefully have a chance to build another sometime next year. Sorry for the long wind up, but what would be a good AR to start off with out of the box ready to go? I am in Virginia and we have a local gun show this weekend, and another coming to town on Dec 6-7. I want something accurate as possible. Seems like 20" barrel (Wylde) would be a good starter. Would want to mount an optic and shoot at long range. Any recommendations on a way to go? Seems that Rock River might be my best bet, but Stag and Bushmaster get their fair share of love too. Like to keep it under $1000 if possible. Not sure what features are most important and which ones you can live without or add later. HELP!