While I won't disagree with you, to actually agree I would have to know context of decent. Aesthetically pleasing? No. Fine workmanship, blueprinted? Some, but rare. A good hunting rifle? Debatable (see your post below). Effective? Depends on what you're using it on, how well you wield it, and range. Against large bodies, it has a pretty short effective range, depending on barrel length. Inside the max effective range of it, it is quite deadly with anything but the worst ammunition. Outside that range, it is only effective at poking holes... but who wants holes poke in their internal organs. I've hit steel plates with a 16" barreled AR out to 400 yards, consistently, knowing the dope for my rifle and ammunition. But I have to misconceptions that it is just poking holes at that distance. So, call me conned. But I know the rifle, its internal workings, and its limitations. And I love it. But when I go deer hunting with a rifle, I use a Marlin in .30-30. Which some think is another less than decent rifle. But it works too. For what I need.Oh, how the world has been conned to think an AR is a decent rifle.
Yep, a mass produced, cheap varmit gun.
Ok, so, first, not challenging. Just wondering: what do people find difficult about cleaning them? Other than perhaps the gas key (which I only clean about every other time I shoot one).Well (since you asked ;>), I often think it would be nice if they were easier to clean - just about every time I'm cleaning one, in fact!