So I bought my first AR a couple months ago. I didn't spend much - the Ruger AR556 was on sale. But I was realizing this morning how much that entry-level carbine really cost: Rifle - $499 12 Magpul magazines - $160 Sling Quick Release - $8 1.25" thumb-adjustable sling - $20 Ruger 452 trigger - $108 Holosun HS503GU RDS - $205 1500 rounds of ammo(different brands) - $400. Assuming I haven't forgotten anything, the total is $1400. Funny how the carbine itself is only 36% of the true cost.