all misinformation aside.
I'm also a big ruger fan but in this case I would recommend against them. the piston system gives them hit or miss reliability that you have to constantly fine tune and there are much higher quality ARs out there for the price range. I would recommend for a first time AR something cheap like a DPMS sportical or oracle, Smith and Wesson M&P sport or Palmetto State armory PSA15. all of these can be had for between $600 and $700 and are all decent quality.
ignore my complete lack of capitalization. I still have no problem correcting your grammar.
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