...a PSA premium rifle kit and PSA stripped lower, that is under $600? http://palmettostatearmory.com/index.php/catalog/product/view/id/21537/s/psa-16-midlength-premium-5-56-nato-1-7-a2-profile-moe-rifle-kit/ http://palmettostatearmory.com/index.php/catalog/product/view/id/10445/category/4514/ This is what I am looking at. I have been educating myself on the platform, and surfin the interwebs for reviews/opinions on entry level AR's. From what I have found, this seems to be about the best "bang for the buck", and PSA seems to have a decent rep. My intended use for the weapon would be primarily as a plinker/range toy, and obviously for for personal defense/shtf use if needed. Only upgrades I would consider (bet ya'll have heard that before), would be a drop in rail system, a rear flip up, red dot, and a flashlight. Any opinions/better ideas are more than welcome!! Please, no "buy a colt, sig, DD, etc." comments, though. I am not a brand fan boy, and $600 is my max budget on the gun itself. I would rather spend any excess money on good optics and ammo. Thanks!! Edit: I was looking at this PRK as well. http://palmettostatearmory.com/index.php/16-mid-length-light-weight-chrome-lined-premium-rifle-kit.html Is there a "better than" between those two kits, primarily concerning the barrel profile?