Hello all, I have wanted an AR style rifle for years now and just haven't taken the plunge, until now. Over the past few months I have been looking at all the makes and models to chose from and can't settle on one. Then I started looking into whats involved with building my own and realized that the build looks easier than I thought. I've spent the last three days online looking at all the parts and options and now I'm starting to think the shopping is going to be more overwhelming than the build. So I wanted to know if anyone has any advice for the build itself or if there are any "bad" parts to stay away from. I want to build a good solid 16" mid-length carbine in 5.56 with out braking the bank, I am on a budget. But if there is something that I should not skimp on than so be it. The gun will be mostly used for plinking but I want to know that if the world does ever go down the crapper then I have a rifle I can trust. Thanks for your help guys. I'm sure there will be more questions in the future.