In the crush of finals, I forgot that people consider graduation to be an important thing, and that some people will send you money for such things. As such, should I opt to spend it rather than saving it in the incredibly pessimistic case that I'm unable to find any sort of job, I have sufficient money to buy a cheap AR-15.
I guess then, that I should figure out exactly what I'm after. This will be my "main" gun, the one I reach for in 99.9% of all cases where I need a gun and have the luxury of choosing one not strapped to my hip. As such, it needs to be pretty good at basically everything, an acceptably general purpose arm.
Things I'm looking for in my rifle
Dissipator: longer sight radius for more precise use of irons, while still being as short as is legally convenient. Might opt for mid length for cost and convenience of parts if I have to
Collapsible stock: Pretty self explanatory, WI doesn't have any stupid laws that say I have to do otherwise.
Flat top: Don't have much use for a carry handle, and I've got a 4x lying around and have plans for a red dot on this thing for general purpose use. If such a thing existed, a 1-4x scope would be good too.
Rails: I need at least a moderate amount of rail space. I plan for this to have a light, laser, red dot, and probably a vertical foregrip. I also want a bayonet on this thing, and will probably have to design my own rail-mount one because I'm dumb and want a dissipator.
Semi-light weight: I've got a $120 complete lower receiver I'm looking at that's polymer and has gotten great reviews, but I'll probably go with a heavy (not bull) barrel, and I'm gaining a few ounces from extra hand guard length
Barrel: I've heard that 1:7 is preferable to 1:9 for a 16" barrel. I'll take what I can get and buy ammo accordingly, because I'm trying to do this on the cheap at present. As mentioned, heavy profile barrel sounds nice.
Magazines: I'm actually tempted to buy up a bunch of Magpul 40 rounders instead of 30 rounders, because they aren't much pricier or larger for a fair deal of increased capacity. Hoping they come out with window versions of the 40 rounders.
Here's the pieces I've got so far if I do it piecewise (they have a dissipator full rifle kit that's never in stock for $500+ a stripped lower receiver)
LW-15 lower receiver
Complete dissipator upper
Magpul MOE handguards
Flat top upper
16" dissipator barrel
If I can save sufficient amounts of money buy assembling things myself, I'll look at optics and other such things. Yes, I'm aware that optics have a minimum price before they're actually decent.
I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing. I have no idea how del-ton handles it, but I know they make parts kits for some of the big names. If you know where to find deals, or can see something I'm doing horribly wrong, let me know. Any help is appreciated