Hello all...new here. I am considering getting into an AR type rifle. Truth be told I am vacillating a little because cash is tight and it's hard to justify dropping a $K on something I will likely not use very much. I have 5 handguns in various calibers, so home defense is covered. An AR would be for occasional enjoyment and in the event of a SHTF scenario, civil unrest, food shortages leading to home invasions to steal supplies, riots etc etc etc. Not saying it will come to this.....it is just an attempt at a justification to own a semi-auto rifle. Has anyone had any experience with the Smith&Wesson M&P15ORC? If so, how do you like it, how accurate is it and how well does it operate in general, is it finicky as far as dirt, cheap ammo etc etc etc? I have zero time on AR's. When I was in the military I carried an FN FAL. Up to now I actually have had my eye on the Stag Arms Mod. 1. They carry them at a firearm store close to me, from time to time. My bro-in-law has one and he loves it. He has put quite a few rounds through it with not a single problem. Having never fired it, or any AR, I have handled his Stag and the build quality, fit & finish etc seems very good ..... the gas key is staked correctly etc etc. Then a couple weeks ago, I saw the S&W M&P Sport at my "local gunshop" and loved the sale price, but noticed it has no dust cover and no forward assist. More reading revealed it is very much considered an entry level AR type rifle. Today I went down there again to see if I could stop procrastinating and twist my own arm to pull the trigger on the Stag AR, but it was sold. Bummer...and none left in the warehouse. They actually had a bunch of new stock AR's in in various configurations. I spotted the Smith M&P15ORC. Seems very nice...price was $999...... BUT........ no carry handle and no sights whatsoever! No BUIS....nada. So by the time you put on a pair of iron sighta......you are closer to the $1200 price point which is what some of the other AR's go for, fully equipped with iron sights or a bit more for optics. Also I read the trigger is not so great....heavy and somewhat excessive in the take up. So........... decision's, decisions. If I do this, do I order a Stag or grab the S&W if they still have it? Stag build for many AR manufacturers and their level of quality is very good... but..... Smith&Wesson is a very highly respected name in firearms. Prices are similar, plus it's possible the S&W price could be negotiated down a bit if I bought sights from them. So, between a Stag Arms Mod.1 and the S&W M&P15ORC, which way would you go and why? Thanks.