Recently I have realized that it has been quite some time since I have feed my firearm addiction. I was looking into adding to my small pistol collection when a friend of mine, and fellow gun enthusiast, asked why I wasn't considering a rifle since the only long gun I have currently is a shot gun. I realized he was right. I looked at a variety of rifles but then decided that I probably should get an AR before the end of next year. I have a small savings pool set up that I put money aside each month, currently I have around $ 400 bones. My current ceiling is around 1,000. I think around this price point I can get a solid basic AR for plinking and general home defense purposes. Currently I am looking at a left handed Stag arms AR. Could anyone suggest some equivalent makes and manufacturers? Also, is there any sort of chart that organizes the manufacturers into tiers?