Been out of the loop on ARs for a while and it looks like there are a ton more options than 5+ years ago. Looking for a rifle for home defense/self defense and to take an Appleseed course but would like to keep it simple, not interested in a ton of rails, lasers, etc. After doing much research, I know I want the following: chambered in 5.56mm, 16" midlength, 1:7 barrel twist. The only things I want to add to it are a sling, Aimpoint T1, folding rear sight, and maybe a flashlight. Other than that I'm indifferent as to brands. I was kind of leaning toward just buying a Bravo Company complete rifle and calling it a day, but figured I may as well get some feedback first.