A friend of mine is looking to purchase his first AR. He's shot my NFA Bushy lower, LMT 10.5" upper before and a friends Bushy Modular. His budget is around $1200 for everything (rifle, optic, accessories). I offered to him to buy a stripped lower and we could help him build what he wanted. Plus, he'd learn how to maintain his rifle while building. Instead, we took him to our favorite gun shop and looked around. He really liked a S&W M&P15 Sport ($607), DPMS Sportical ($607), and a CMMG piston ($1,000). He doesn't like the typical front post sight, he'd rather have one that folds, or none at all. He looked at pretty much all thirty AR's that they had (Bushy's, RRA's, Colt's, Stag's, etc) and said he wanted to wait and think about what he wants exactly. I'm not too certain about these rifles. Can anyone give me any feedback to which would be the better choice, or if he should spend a little more for something else? He rarely shoots his guns that he has. He's brought me his guns before to clean because it started to rust... . I was thinking he needed something with chrome lining too. So far, I know he wants a flat-top AR. 5.56mm 16" barrel. No front post sight. He wants to put an EOTech on it too. He also mentioned he doesn't want to mess with the NFA that I did for my SBR. Basically it'll be a range toy/SHTF rifle.