Let me start this off by throwing out a disclaimer. I don't know anything about AR's and I dug around a little for the information I was looking for, but didn't find it. It's probably here somewhere, but I wasn't sure what terms to use in my search so anyway... here goes. I've always wanted an ar, but never got around to buying one. Just couldn't justify spending the $'s on a toy that I wouldn't get around to using much. currently I'm convinced that I'd like to have one stashed in the closet just in case I don't have the option of acquiring one in the future (yeah I'm one of the jerks causing a run.. I admit it, that's not what this thread is about). So to the point, I want to pick up an ar. I'd be using money from savings. The plan would be to leave it new in the box so that even though I took money from savings, if I wanted I could sell it and put the money back if I had to without loosing a lot. I want to keep it as cheap as possible, but also want a gun that's not junk. I'm assuming buying a bottom of the barrel bushmaster or something wouldn't be a good choice. So, in short, what brands and models would fit the bill, what should I stay away from. Or, am I poorly informed in gerneral, and thinking about this all wrong. As I said, i'm new to ar's and there's a lot of them out there so any input would be appreciated, thanks.