Originally Posted by CAcop
You can write all you want. Post spreadsheets. People can read them and discuss them but I think the most important thing a person can do when buying an AR-15 (or anything else to a certain extent, see 1911 forums for similar pissing contests) is to stop and think what they want this thing for.
Ask yourself am I a hobbiest or an enthusiast?
Ask yourself what is it going to be used for?
What is your budget? What is in that price range?
Then finally what matters to you most about the weapon?
This +1. Very good point, regardless of what you bought or are considering. Unfortunately with the panic, not only are people way over paying for the good stuff, there getting raped on the crappy stuff.