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Posted: 9/12/2004 7:01:22 PM EST
Hello, new to this forum and to ARs in general. And I have a few questions.

I spent about a decade in the Marines, however, and competed in Division Matches a few times. Enough to get a taste for competition. After a few years without an M16, I'm looking at getting a black rifle of my very own.

My question to you is which rifle do I get? I see that Bushmaster and Rock River Arms offer complete competition rifles, but could I build my own for a lot less money? Would it be worth it to start off with a rifle that I know is going to be good and then modify it the way I want to achieve excellence?

I'm also very interested in the possibility of purchasing an M4 style upper that I can simply switch out with my competition upper for home defense purposes. Somebody told me that you can't necessarily just switch uppers like that. I was hoping to have one lower and two uppers that would basically make two different types of rifles available to me for a lot less money than buying two complete rifles.

My last question is whether or not the end of the ban will be affecting prices? I don't particularly need or desire any of the "evil" features that were banned, so is it possible that I'll be able to get a rifle a bit cheaper because of this?
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