So, been saving up my beer money to get a new gun. Looking over the options, and handling quite a few, I have narrowed my choices down to two that I think will fit my want/need list. Figured I would get some input. First off, my criteria: 1.Light weight (sub6 1/2lbs) for easy carry. I have an apparently chronic foot issue, and I am trying to spare it as much as possible from strain, but I still have need of a real gun. 2.Close range stopping power: 99% of the time, I will be shooting 10-65 yards, and should not be making shots over 200 yards ever. So, it needs better than pistol thump, but I would prefer some stopping power out to that range. Good chance I will EDC this purchase, at least at work. 3.Reasonable accuracy: I don't need to stack shots in single ragged hole, but I also do not want minute of barn... On these criteria, I have been looking most closely at the M1 carbine and an AR pistol in .300blk. The M1 is larger, obviously, but meets the other criteria, and I very familiar with the platform, and frankly, I am tired of loaners and want my own, and have for some time. The AR is something I am certainly not overly familiar with, but I have handled enough builds to be intrigued by the idea, and it is certainly a plausible option with a 10.5" barrel and accessories.