Haha right on well said my friend. Im definitely going retro with this one and keeping it simple. The way this rifle was set up when I bought it kinda had me in a pickle. The previous owner had taken the fsb gas block off and installed a low pro and a free float quad rail. It had a standard fixed A2 rifle stock but with a carbine length buffer spring and a carbine buffer.. even though it has a rifle gas system and a 20" barrel. I was like what the ? I thought maybe the low pro gas block is adjustable and that could be why but nope it not. Didnt really make any sense to me.. though I think I have an idea of why it was set up that way but thats for another post I guess.Well, here is my thought. Not answering your question actually, but there is nothing wrong with having more than one, keep this one simple, add a light and keep it as is, use it as a defensive gun, plinker, and range gun. You do not need a scope to answer the door at night, nor do you need one when camping, yet they provide a great deal of comfort.
Then get a second flat top and set up the optics any way you want. I have them with no optics, one with the little 3 x 9 x 40 illuminated AR scopes and one with a 3 x 9 x 40 hunting scope The two with scopes have the quick detach mounts. My take is everybody needs 2 ARs and one with just irons is just fine. Funny I carried the M16 for years, and the only optics were on the front side of my face. I qualified with those things with open sights, expert every time, out to 350 meters, over 20 years. If I can do it anybody can. If you can shoot it well, just enjoy it as is and do not worry about additional optics. And who cares what it looks like, if it works for you. Just my 2 cents. Enjoy the gun.
Oh yea, I buy paracord in the 1,000 foot roll I put it on slings also, keeps them from slipping off the shoulder. Whatever works.