The question that you are asking is honestly, too general in nature for good responses.
If you could narrow it down some, great advice will be easier to come by.
1. Rifle or Shotgun
2. What would you like to do with them. Target, hunting, Trap/Skeet, general plinking, budget
You get the idea and hope this helps narrow down the field a bit. Ed
My bad. Best bet would be general plinking. It seems most shooters own an AR which I would like to as well at some point. Money is tight at the moment though. Thanks for the response to my very vague post. haha
If you like the idea of buying an AR15 you could pick up an S&W 15-.22. It's a .22 caliber AR with identical controls so that you can deck it out like an AR and shoot for cheap.
That's a great idea actually. Get two birds one stone kinda deal. Saving money on ammo is always a bonus. Specially when it comes to range fees.