I’ve thought about this a couple times over the years. But I found it truly is easy to fall into it. When I started building ARs, it was pretty much the beginning of all this. So I saw first hand, the vast majority of “NEW” toys that were released. Now I built my first couple ARs using extended YHM 4-rails & Phantom 5C2 flashhiders. This was at a time when everybody & their brothers were using M4 plastics & A2 FHs, because THAT is how almost every barrel was sold. In 2005, we didn’t have the PLETHORA of manufacturers with stripped barrels, as is common now. Same with gas blocks. Only a couple very high end(& expensive) barrels came like that. Your typical “build barrel“ was a complete unit, with cross pinned front sight block, barrel nut, Delta ring assy. & A2 birdcage.. 2-piece rails had not come out and so, most people simply went with stock plastic handguard. Very few of us were removing the front sight blocks, cutting & refinishing to go under the extended 4-rail handguards with the supplied barrel nuts. I mean VERY FEW! As in, I had no video to watch...and didn’t see anyone else do it. I just had to wing it! As well, my rifles were the first that I knew of to use 5C2 Flashhiders. Within just a couple years, I remember EVERYONE was using them. LOL! But that is how it always was. I tried new things, when very few others would. I was among Spikes Tacticals FIRST customers...when they were a brand new company on the set. In fact, many online criticized me, saying I should use “proven” parts! I still can not believe there was a time when people were calling Spikes Tactical “UN-proven”! Serious!? I even had several of the FIRST batch of Magpul Gen1 Pmags. They worked FLAWLESS for me! I was so angry when the MAJORITY of people started complaining about them! And got Magpul to do a 2nd gen...then a 3rd gen! UHG! For anyone around back then, if YOU were one of those complaining, YES!...YOU are one of the people I’m talking about! (You know who you are!) Magpul catered to people who didn’t know what they were doing building at the time. I hated that! Still happens today. Ya got a 20-something puts a couple ARs together and thinks they are Gunsmith.. Frustrating. Same goes for those who believe they possess a great deal of knowledge, but have never reloaded. Just...NO! You know very little at that point! UHG! But I digress. Point to all this... I’ve witnessed for 15 years everyone doing the same thing over & over again! I was never a blind follower, like most. I like trying things. Big reason I’m able to DO so much..and with one arm/hand at that! But something happened during this latest build. I have always used 12”-13” handguards. Tubes, 4-rails, ssffr’s..all 12”-13”. But this latest AR, I initially ordered a 15” Handguard. Ended up they didn’t have the style I wanted in that length, and sent me a completely different 15” handguard. It was a big fiasco...took a couple more weeks, but I finally ended up with the style I wanted, but in a shorter length. An Hybrid M-Lok,12” length. Afterwards I realized I actually like how the 12” looks MUCH better than a 15”. To me, the 15” just adds more weight. I like seeing some barrel. So WHY did I order the 15” in the beginning, I asked myself. But I had no answer. I’m glad how it turned out, even though the ordeal was a pain. This was just this past week, so my mind has been wrestling this for a few days. Finally, I realized I had fallen into being one of the “AR Sheeople”! I “DID” because that’s what everyone “DOES”! I had been using 12”-13” handguards for a decade & a half..on countless builds...but the 15” is a few inches longer, so it must be better-ER.. RIFHT!? Made sense at the time, to my subconscious I guess. Def. has made me think things. No...I’m going to continue doing things the I have always done them.