funny, our outdoor range has no limit on caliber, the sheriff asked everybody not to use tannerite targets anymore.I could careless what people buy, but would not go to the internet for advice. Too many fads, over hyped and too much marketing. Most sell the sizzle not the steak. Should be simple to find a reasonable price for a basic AR. I would first find out how much I plan to shoot one. The cost of ammo, nearby outdoor ranges and on and on.
I just wish AR owners would stay the heck out of local indoor pistol ranges.
in an indoor setting, ask the rangemaster if they have a problem if you bring in your ruger alaskan. If they do, then mention the .223 shooters who are likely rapid firing ( they asked us not to do that either btw, seems the people in the north end of town can hear it, and it freaks them out)
I was disappointed that the Ruger 556 didn't use a standard hand guard mounting system after all the information about the "ar platform"
great rifle for a first time AR user given the reasonable price and now with new models, you can get what you want (I bought the first week they were available, which I'll remember not to do again, I'd prefer the new model setups.)
for long sessions I wear earplugs AND earmuff..that helps alot.On sunday's the local that owns a .50 will come down and it's not my ears that hurt..is my neck. I've wrapped it up quick more then once when he's shown up. If its a tell, the guy has to use hearing aids