Definately looking for more of an AR trainer more than just a tacticool toy
In just a few months my S&W M&P 15-22 has more than paid for itself in .223 ammo cost just teaching s few people to shoot the AR.
I have the S&W set up exactly like my AR's.
Several females were completely comfortable with the AR aftering running a bunch of magazines through my S&W M&P.
I've lost count of how any thousands of rounds have gone through the Smith.
Everyone, experienced shooters and new shooters, all like the rifle.
I do a good bit of low light laser and laser/light practice. With the Smith, standing in for thr AR, the noise level is within reasonable limits when practicing using the laser/light after dark.