i was hoping for some input from those who know more than myself, so that should be pretty much anyone who wants to chime in. i am looking into getting some training soon. i have had the good luck to recently meet an ex-marine marksmanship instructor who will give me some tips on shooting. after that, i hope to hit an appleseed and work to become a rifleman! when i looked at the appleseeds requirements for ammo , i knew i must invest in a 22 to compete at least most of the event with. i figured if i'm gonna burn $200+ for ammo....maybe it would just be a better investment to get a 22 rifle. now you know why...here is my question.... should i just invest in a 22 conversion kit for my AR OR just spend $50-100 more and buy a 10/22? here is the advantage i see of the conversion kit: 1) slightly less expensive 2) saves space in my gun cabinet (weak ). 3) i get the training on the AR platform and advantages of buying 10/22: 1) i get a new gun!!!! 2) good starter gun for kiddos in the next few years 3) ive had an itch for one lately 4) have a commited 22 rifle can someone give me their opinions? i would specifically like to know the downsides of each choice. and if someone could comment, i would really like to know their thoughts on the conversion kits. are they bad for your AR in any way? are they a nightmare to clean up? thanks for all input.