Originally Posted by Sportco
You might want to consider a tm m4a1 (some guy is selling one for 350$ on AC)... use it for one year and if you dont like it, you can sell it and get your money back... if you like it, truck loads of aftermarket parts available and they grow old gracefully...
For an AR-15 variant, I would STRONGLY recommend against buying TM.
It is by far their weakest model.
CA or G&P would be the brands to look for.