Old man got me one about 15 years ago as a "good grades"incentive.
Gets hot quickly, its an early model eith a pencil barrel. But as my first center fire rifle that weapon made the cans i was shooting explode more spectacularly than any 22 did before it.
It is not a bench gun, but neither are most ars. Seems to me it is an entry center fire rifle.
Love mine, and so will my son.
"...and which is worst of all, continual fear and danger of violent death, and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short."-Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan
...What he meant to add was, "unless, of course, all responsible citizens are armed to the teeth."