I have only had one AR, made by Stag arms. It seems overly complicated with loads of small parts, and the gas system allows the receiver to gunk up inside with powder. It's also a pain for me to strip fully (compared to the AK or SKS). Although it was a decent shooter, it was light and comfortable, and it has loads of options, it doesn't seem worth it to me to pay nearly $1000 for a modern AR with all of the disadvantages they have. Why not just invest in a cheaper mid-range carbine that shoots cheaper ammo, and get a deer rifle for shooting longer shots? With this in mind, other than collecting, why do you like the AR? What would be your other options if you didn't chose the AR?