So i am looking into my first AR, i have looked at the S&W Sport, DPMS Oracle & Panther, LMT, Bushmaster and colt. I have also seen where i can purchase the pieces seperately and spend around $450 for a base model no scope. I know your gonna ask so here goes: What is its primary purpose? Today, shoot paper at the range and maybe take a tactical class. Tomorrow, who knows maybe competitions....? How much do you want to spend? Currently i am in the mood to spend roughly 650.00 as i just bought a new shotgun. Do you want a Piston, or Direct Impingment AR? doesn't matter at this point... So what are your thoughts, i have only shot an Ar a couple of times and am not "real" familiar with it and its maintainence or breakdowns, i just want a BLACK RIFLE! What are your thoughts????