fiznadd - I don't mind how many people have, if you can afford it, great...but why would a regular person need more than 1? Is it because people don't want to sell their old one when they upgrade?
Different calibers, barrel lengths, and setups for different purposes.
You mean like 1 for home defense, another for target shooting?
Thats one example. The AR is very versatile. You can have various calibers from .22-.50Beowulf. You can have 8"-20" barrels. You can have gas or piston driven. You can have various gas lengths.. The sky is the limit pretty much. I also enjoy buding clone rifles as a hobby.
I'm starting to go down the AR-build rabbit hole.
I initially told myself that I'd build one or two lowers and then get a bunch of uppers, but my online friends say to just build complete rifles.
Not sure which way to go...
I have a dozen or so, built all of them.
You could argue I went a little nuts. After I built a basic, simple carbine I decided I wanted a competition gun. I was doing IDPA pistol matches at the time and thought I might try 3-gun. So of course I needed a competition gun. Or two - you need a backup in case one breaks.
Then I found out about the MK12 - an accurized AR used by the military. I like accuracy, so I built one inspired by that model.
Then I wanted other calibers - .300 blackout, 450 bushmaster, 9mm, 6.5 Creedmoor.
Then pistols became the rage, and 300 blackout was made for pistol length barrels, so . . .
To be honest, I enjoyed the process of planning and building them more than shooting them.
If I had access to a range where I could do 3-gun type stuff, I would like it a lot more. But I do all my shooting at a range where you get assigned to a station, you can sit, stand, or shoot prone, but you can't move around, you only get one target to shoot at, so getting good groups is about the only challenge you can take on. I like reloading, too, and chasing brass was not a lot of fun.
I've found for ordinary range shooting like that I prefer shooting bolt guns. I'm thinking of selling off most of my ARs and buying a good bolt gun.