i avoided the AR platform like it had the clap for years. my 15 y/o expressed his desire to get one to build. i caved and have built 2 off of completely blemished parts. my cost/investment was a wash since i had a few ak kits for trade bait. number 2 is in the planning stage. 16' 762x39 heavy profile barrel, dpms slick side upper, aerotech lower, no name bcg, and an ace club stock. was going for a light weight build amd i think i hit it. it appears to feel less heavy than my bull barrel 10/22. im waiting for my buffer to show up so i can get this completed.