As i sit here watching the snow fall this early sunday morning i got to thinking about that dreaded black rifle, ... that led to thinking about how many over the last 40yrs or so i have built or ruined or just shot the sh*t out of. And to be honest i just can't remember how many, i certainly remember in the mid to late sixties all the gun rags either bragging about them or saying how it was the worst thing ever done and would never catch on, what a waste of time and money. It seems that never is indeed a long time, look at them now, 50+ years later. Now back to the soap box, ... in the many years of building and sometimes beating them to death just to see what it took there was/is one thing that for the most part was the same for just about all of them if they were mil-spec. That is that it hasn't really mattered if that upper or lower receiver was super cool and cost $500 for each piece or was only say $50 each as can be bought at the moment. I have three ar's sitting here now that cost right at $400 each or for one of them less than $400 to build. Yes they shoot good, are they target rifles? no we aren't talking about target ar's. We are talking about the one that sits in the truck or goes hunting every time you go hunting. My point is very simple, they can be anything you want them to be. They can cost $5,000 or they can cost less than $500, the dead predator out there at 300yds really didn't care which it was. I have come across very few ar's over the years that are shot out unless they were used in combat. I happen to have one here with one of the first plum crazy composite lowers on it that has over 3500rds through it and still going strong. For that matter i once bought a dpms lo-pro just to shoot until it quit shooting because i wasn't going to clean it until it did. It went over 600rds before it said enough, what other rifle do you have that can do that? So, what do you do to yours and how many rds have you put through it?