Hi all, new member, new to guns... Mostly... We recently moved from communist California to the land of the free. My wife and I would like some personal protection firearms in the house so I am thinking a Glock 19 and a mossberg 20 guage tactical shotgun. Going to sign up for some classes at the local gun store first! But on to this forum, I really want an AR. I want to go cheap to begin with and I have done lots of research. I know I won't be putting insane amounts of ammo through it, so how important is a chrome barrel? I know I don't want a carbon model anything, I don't think it will hold up over the years (correct me if I'm wrong). From my research any of the decent manufacturers can be upgraded forever. If anyone has any other suggestions of I should look for, please let me know. Lastly, I think I want a detachable carry handle. I should probably learn to shoot with the iron sights before I get fancy.