For years I have been planning on getting an AR and finally have decided to "pull the trigger". That being said, I originally wanted a precision target gun with a heavy barrel. (since I've been into guns I've always agreed with old Townsend Whelen that "only accurate guns are interesting").
Now I've decided on a fighting gun (at least for my 1st AR). I joined a second club that is into the practical shooting disciplines. My old club always had a precision shooting culture (bullseye pistol, NRA High power, CMP - also skeet and trap...the old fashioned stuff)
I guess that's part of the reason I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around it.