now is definetly the time to get an M4 style rifle. I think the M4 would be a good rifle to take to the range for plinking, and it would be great to show to my kids/ grand-kids one day as the weapon I used during my time in the service. (Along with my Sig 228 ) My only problem is that the Army makes it easy by handing me the rifle built by the lowest bidder. I do not have mush experience in the civilian rifle market, and I am not sure what to go with. I know Rock River has been building a great reputation, but I am seriously considering going with a Colt for the collector value (original manufacturer of the M16 and all). If anybody has any experiences,thoughts, or suggestions on the topic, it would be much appreciated. Thanks a lot!