I am about to buy my first AR-15. This will also be the first rifle I have owned, not counting the Marlin 60 .22 I had almost 30 years ago. I want to be able to shoot out to 500 yards (eventually) or so as accurately as possible within my budget. Said budget is $1000ish. I really appreciate this forum and the information/opinions I have found here. I have lurked on the sight almost daily (and posted a few times) and I have read much of the information on the forum about the ARs. However I would like to get opinions on a specific rifle. I met the guys at FAST Firearms at the gun show in Gwinnett Saturday before last and spent a fair bit of time talking to them about what I wanted for my new rifle. They, Chris, were very helpful and informative and so I went to their shop in Lawrenceville and started getting information and prices. So far this is what I am looking at. Their FAST special is a Spikeâ€™s Full lower with DPMS parts (which is factory spikeâ€™s parts kit). The upper is Del-Ton with a chrome moly lined 16â€ barrel, with a 1in 9 twist. It also will come with a quad rail front handguard and a flip up rear sight. The price is right at $900. I have them looking into a 20â€ barrel with a 1:7 twist as I have read this will work better for the heavier rounds I will want to use for the longer range shooting. Oh, and I finally became a GCO member at the Gwinnett gun show. Yay!