I am interested in owning my first ar. I live in NY so I need a NY compliant gun. 10 rnd mag, no flash hider, fixed stock. If I was looking to build a carbine do you think it would be worth while, money wise, to build it up or should I just buy a pre built NY compliant gun and add parts as I see fit. It seems like its hard to find NY compliant uppers and stocks and such over the net. Free state parts are much easier to source out at better prices. Not to many gun shops around here have ar's on the rack nowadays, believe it or not. I have found the smith m&p's for a small markup fee. Also just to add I think I am capable of blindly building up an ar, even never owning one before. The point of wanting to build my own was to learn as much as I can about the gun and I dont mind breaking a few eggs to do so. Thanks for your help.