Originally Posted by Javelin
Defend your purchase & methods all you want. Most of us have and have owned the brands. I wouldn't waste my $600 on either of those rifles.
Why even bother saying more?
I was relating why, as a new AR owner, I made my choice. Maybe the OP can find something useful in it, and put it into the context of his choice.
I'll reiterate that the S&W M&P Sport may not be the best rifle, but it is a good gateway to the AR addiction.
Why bother saying more? Because the information/experience you have can possibly help those of us that don't have the same level of experience as you.