Re: AR-15 with my tax money...
I would build from scratch and get everything you want. For $1500, you could basically get premium everything. There are a lot of quality barrels out there for under $400. You can purchase a geissele trigger and lower parts kit for about $200. Stripped lower and upper receivers can be had for under $100 each. I should also mention that a lower that is $150 or $200 is no better than one that is blemished and on sale for $60.
As for your barrel length, I would personally go with 20". I originally purchased a Bushmaster Varminter (24" barrel). Great gun, but the barrel is just too long for my needs. I want something that is fast handling and easy to carry. 20" is about the best all around length. With that said, I am planning on building an 18" gun for my go to gun. I already have my long, heavy gun for bench work and prairie dogs, and I have my carbines for playing around. I figure 18" is about right for me. But, to each their own.
Last edited by jasonprox700; 04-04-2011 at 11:56 AM.