I wasn't able to find a thread dedicated to firearms, hopefully it's okay I started a thread in the Outdoor World section. If not feel free to shitcan it! I'm hoping some of you might enjoy chiming in and sharing your experiences with guns and talk about the various handguns, rifles, etc., which brands/models you like and why, the situations in which you have used them be it military, law enforcement, target shooting, competition, and or hunting. Right now I am fairly fixated on AR-15's so anything to do with them would be awesome sauce! ANYWAY... I'm new to firearms in general, at least as far as owning and shooting them for fun on a regular basis. Target shooting can be a hell of a lotta fun but I won't lie as I had another motivation which is to know my way around a handgun and rifle in order to feel safe using them and to be ready in the very unlikely and unwanted situation where defending myself and family becomes necessary. My first acquisition was a Springfield XD-M Elite 9mm and I really like it but in my new quest to build a home armory to prepare for the zombie or alien invasion, have turned my efforts to learning about the AR-15 platform and my oh my these rifles are like a lego set! You can buy parts from various manufacturers and build your own or do what I plan to start which is go on a fact finding mission about the different companies who make these and buy a AR-15 complete rifle and deck it out with all the fun accessories. I'm leaning towards the higher end manufacturers as I want something that is reliable and will likely last longer than I will on this earth which brought me to either Bravo Company MFG (BCM) or Daniel Defense. Once I found both of them, narrowed it down to BCM Recce-16 Precision or Daniel Defense DDM4 V7. I will leave it there for now and see if this has any interest or if the community would rather not discuss such things on an audio forum. haha!