1 - I know nothing about AR's or who makes the best ones other than my buddy just bought one and I loved shooting it. Another buudy and I are looking into getting a couple and we both have the same parameters. 2 - I want to buy a new one (.223) from a very good mfg, not necessarliy the best. 3 - I will do all the add-ons later as I learn more. 4 - I want to stay aroung 1100 or 1200 MSRP if possible. A little more would be ok. What would everyone here with good knowledge buy under these parameters? I'm just looking for opinions so nobody can give a bad answer. I'm pretty much in the dark on this subject. I appreciate anyone who has an opinion.