I will be picking up an Armalite AR 10 with 16" barrel and carry handle on Sunday. I'm looking forward to spending some time at the range with it. I'm sure it will be accurate and a lot of fun. What worries me is that when this discussion comes up the anti-AR crowed all point out that the ARs are not durable in the field. How much truth is there in this point of view? Is it just good old fashion "mine is better than yours because I say it is." I find it hard to believe that the U.S. would keep in service for 50 + years a weapon that's as bad as some have said. I was in the Navy so I never had the opportunity to carry an M 16 in combat and therefore can debate this with others. I currently have an FAL and I'm totally happy with it as a SHTF weapon. I hope the AR 10 will be there as well if needed. Thanks for any advice.