well it is an AR!
While this is definitely not for somebody who is into AR15s already, I have to say it is a good rifle for somebody on a budget. The quality is higher than you would expect, even if it doesn't have a few things you might want. It more than gets the job done as a range gun and will prove effective as a defensive rifle as well. Not having a forward assist just means that you will have to clean the rifle at some point in its life.