A couple of months ago I parted company with my house gun, a Rock River/CavArms M4gery, in order to shake loose the cash to snatch up a '56-vintage S&W Model of 1955 Target .45. I fully intended to snag another AR ASAP, and so I saved all my mags, and stripped it of its GG&G Sling Thing and SureFire weaponlight. Time dragged on, and I kept finding important things to do with my money, like making the empty, hurtie feeling in my tummy go away, keeping a roof over my head, and buying cool boots and flashlights; basically, using it on things that were not replacement AR-15's.
The lack of a house gun gnawed at me until last week, when I finally cut a co-worker a check for an old Essential Arms lower, complete with Vltor collapsable stock and Hogue grip. Next, I swapped a 2.5" 686 to another co-worker in exchange for a DPMS flat top M4 upper he had lying around. Add a flip-up Yankee Hill rear sight, insert a 30-rd mag of 75gr Hornady TAP, prop it in the corner, and suddenly the old homestead didn't feel so empty anymore.
Incidentally, some folks may be wondering at my choice of a house gun. Why did I replace my shotgun with a carbine? And, if so, why an AR-type carbine? The answers to these questions soon, Gentle Reader.