I’ve only been shooting since about 2002 and only shooting on a consistent basis since April of 09. So far I’ve shot pistols and shotguns but not rifles. It’s something I’ve wanted to do, but I haven’t had any friends or relatives with rifles I’ve been able to shoot with. Recently I’ve been talking with a guy on a gun forum about the finer points of Jericho 941 steel frame 45s. Turns out he lives in Houston as well and we arranged to meet at the local gun range to compare how our modifications affected our shooting. After showing me how effective his new recoil spring was, he told me he’d also brought his AR and I was welcome to shoot it. *insert large grin* His AR was a Smith and Wesson M&P 15T with various modifications including an Eotech holographic sight w/5x magnifier and skeletonized trigger with very smooth and quick action. He also installed the gas piston system similar to that used in the HK 416. We set the targets out at 100 yds…which I was a little hesitant about since I’d never shot anything beyond 25 yds. 32 rounds later this was the result: The stick-on target is 8" in diam. Needless to say, I am now hooked…..but I will be needing more $$ and WAY more research before I even think about getting into the rifle-owner’s club….much less the AR club, but it’s defiantly something to work towards. While I’m learning, I can save so when the time and opportunity present itself I can purchase quality equipment that fits my needs and preference. Something about many gun owners I’ve found is that they’re some of the nicest people especially on the range….they’re very open to helping people understand equipment and feel comfortable with firearms.