Well, I have been on the fence for some time trying to decide between building, or buying an AR. I have done a bunch of research. I actually wanted to go with a .224 with a 20" barrel, etc., but range ammo is not readily available at my local Walmart. So that may be a future build. I ordered a rifle kit from PSA on a clearance sale last night. Here is a short description: PSA 16" 5.56 NATO 1/7 Mid-Length Nitride 13.5" Lightweight M-Lok MOE CTR EPT Rifle Kit with MBUS Sight Set - 5165449492 I have not ordered a stripped lower yet. I was had planned to pick up a Scorpion Armaments enhanced stability lower locally from 22Mods4All, but they have moved to Orlando, so now I am looking at PSA's stripped lower that's also on sale. I am mechanically inclined, so I figure this is going to be a fun project. My next door neighbor is very knowledgeable, and has done some higher end builds, so I know I can pick his brain for tips, if needed. I am planning to spend @ $200 on a scope to use on the new Shooting Park that is being built. Right now I am considering a Vortex Diamondback Tactical scope. I would love to get some input from some of the more experience members on the site on good scopes in this price range that would be good out to about 400 yards. Also looking for a decent lower receiver vise block and some basic AR tools.