About my AR-15 It may seem as like a few here, i might be huge AR fan with a wealth of background concerning them when nothing could be further from the truth. Dont get me wrong, I like the one I have. While gunsmithing away thru the 70s and 80s I had only worked on a few of them for one reason or another, but if you have a basic understanding of design and function, you know what they do, and why. Combine that with standard G.I. training, followed by on the job training and they're pretty easy. One primary reason was in days past they were pretty expensive new. Add to that there were very little if any accessories for them, and what they cost new, you could have a Winchester, Model 70 in just about any caliber other than the Afericans .375 H&H or the .458. And certainly a Remington 700BDL. Additionally, I really had very little use for a rifle like that. I was building Silloutte guns, pin ball .45s right and left. I was, and am of the frame of mind that long distance accuracy equals bolt action. But I did have several Mini-14s. The 180 series were great rifles. A better rifle over all compared to the AR platform. Just my opinion soley, and somewhat more suited to what I was doing back then. Those and allot of things with the .243. Had a few friends that had a colt and it was fun to shoot one occasionally, but my interests were else where. So..how did I come by the weapon I now have ? My son owed me a debit of $1000.00 I called that debt awhile back, and in fact he wanted to square things up. Now I had an AR prior to the one i have now. So I had mentioned that I was considering getting either another mini-14, or an AR-15 to carry in the quad box. So about a month later, he shows up and gave me a New S&W 5.56mm. He stated he wanted to get it for me. He also stated that we wanted to get something else but being a new dad, I told him, you know what, consider us squared away. Had it not been for that, I would have ended up with the Mini-14 rather than the AR as having an M-14 I am partial to that basic design. So I ended up getting one, renewing my friendship with them and went from there. They are a lasting design, and effective. I'll keep it.