My boys have been shooting my AR's for years. Finally my oldest wanted one of his own. We were at the local funshow yeaterday and we saw what I thought was a pretty good buy but there was a line for checkout with the dealer and he had to get to work.
I told him we'd go back this morning and get it if it was still there. I pretty much expected it to be gone, but it wasn't. It's not the fanciest and I know DPMS doesn't have the best rep - but for the price it was hard to pass up since it had the features he wanted (rifle length, A1 style sights) which are not the easiest features to find these days.
The rifle is a NIB DPMS Panther A1 20" Lite...the price - $490 plus tax. Been awhile since I've seen a production AR under $500 at a gunshow.
Now to get him out to the range