It's your friendly neighborhood KevinFACE! again... So I was up at Academy today... first looking at a Glock 21SF to add to my collection and then their AR-15's caught my eye, I held a couple of different brands of them, Bushmaster and M&P (or S&W, not sure on the second one). After checking them out I've decided that I'd really like to have one, and after research here it appears that most of you guys tend to lean towards building your own. Now, I'm above average in understanding how things work and building my own thing, but these AR's escape me mainly because I've never had one before. These "pre-built" ones only come with a certain number of features but I see talk on here about "stripped lowers" and various other things like that, I assume because they are different grips and all that. The one I was really interested in was $950 and was 5.56, I believe it was the M&P/S&W (can't remember) with a 15 round mag. That to me is a complete semi-automatic rifle with everything I would need to get started... it seemed a little high in price but I don't know what a good price is for this sort of thing. So all that being said, I'm wondering what route I should take to get started...a pre-built or should I find all the parts separately. Each one of those rifles seemed like it would be everything I need to get started and then maybe customize later... I'm not sure. Any thoughts? Research here like I said has lead me to believe that people on THIS forum want to build their own custom ones... but for a newb in this category, what's the right way to go? Thanks in advance!! KevinFACE!