I had an AR back in the late 70's, fun gun, but I couldn't afford all the ammo I shot as it was to hard to keep that little switch on semi, so it's long gone. Wish I still had it now but wishes are to expensive to fullfill nowadays. Now it's my el cheapo AK that's always semi and it's fun to shoot too. Much easier to keep clean and has always gone bang with each trigger pull. Regardless of what many say I can't have it all and as much as I hate to compromise I have. The AK fills a want / need for me and I no longer need the cool look to get me through. $800 will buy a lot of 7.62 ammo for my not quite cool AK.