I'm fresh off the boat when it comes to the AR realm. A good friend has me (almost) ready to order a new 556. I fired two 30 rd mags through his AR and loved it! In fact, I never thought I'd ever own an AR until now. I'd rather spend the extra bucks to get a better product......as long as the extra bucks are truly getting me a better product. In all likelihood, I'll be using the AR for home defense and target plinking. Worth the money or should I be ordering a Bushmaster catalog about now?? It's not the size of the dog in the fight. It's the size of the fight in the dog!