Ive had the ar bug for a long time and now have the money to buy one.. Wanting to stay at 1k or less. only requirements are 16" barrel and if it has to have a carry handle make it detachable but id prefer a flat top,dont care if its a m4 profile or midlength. ill modify it in due time so for now i just need a basic rifle. ive looked at dpms, del-ton, bushmaster,stag,and even a couple other complete rifles. I know its cheaper to get a stripped lower and then a complete upper but almost all the uppers i have seen when put in conjunction with a stripped lower and lpk are close to the price of a del-ton already already built. Planning on a new stock, pistol grip, either mid length or rifle length handguards, if rifle length or anything over 9" ill have a low profile gas block and incorporate both front and rear flip up irons...But building one exactly like that will cost way more than 1k so ill just start with the basics and start adding parts here and there.