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Ruger AR-556 Review

  • Ruger AR 556
  • Rating: 4
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  • On October 7, 2017
  • Last modified:November 7, 2017

Review Summary:

Ruger signed up with the AR market back in 2009 with the launch of the SR-556 series of semi-autos chambered for 5.56 NATO and.223 Rem. This line was followed by the launch of the SR-762 chambered for 7.62 x 51 mm NATO and .308 Success. in 2013. These two-stage, piston-operated rifles have actually done well, providing a desirable set of functions, superior accuracy as well as dependability. Like other piston driven systems, they are much heavier as well as a lot more costly compared to their gas impingement-operated compatriots. The SR-556 has an MSRP of $1,995 and also an unloaded weight of almost 8 pounds.

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When Ruger made a decision to get right into the AR market with their SR-556 they made use of a two-stage piston style. The AR-556 is made in Ruger’s brand-new factory in Mayodan, North Carolina, is 100% American made and also created almost completely from components made by Ruger. Ruger selected not to chrome line the barrel (something only military full-auto weapons in continual shooting advantage from) but chrome plated the bearing surface of the gas secret as well as the in of the bolt provider where the screw stays.

With the high-end as well as mid-priced AR market covered by its SR series rifles, Ruger made a decision that currently is the right time to include an extra economical gas impingement AR to its directory. Called the AR-556, this new M4-style carbine is chambered for 5.56 x 45 mm NATO and also.223 Rapid eye movement. It pointers the range at 6 1/2 pounds and has actually a suggested retail of $749.

Ruger AR 556 Specs

Area stripping the rifle bolt I discovered Ruger had actually installed a rubber “donut” on the extractor spring to enhance function. The rifle is a flattop layout with a front sight adjustable for elevation and also a flip-up back view adjustable for windage. The supply is a common M-4 style, as well as the front handguards, are round plastic without heat shields. The handguards are secured with a method delta ring. Instead of gliding down and requiring a minimum of 3 hands for handguard removal, the delta ring loosens. Why really did not I think of that? The handgun hold is a new Ruger design and also the rifle has among the excellent Magpul 30 round magazines.

The Ruger AR-556 is a no-fuss M4-type carbine that has a 1:8 inch spin barrel, which should make all the blog writers satisfied, since it needs to support bullet weights approximately (a minimum of) 77 grains (and also to 35 grains) in weight. The barrel profile is the semi-heavy variation without the cuts for a grenade launcher as well as it isn’t chrome-lined. The chamber is reduced to the 5.56 (as well as.223) round as well as uses the enhanced M4 feed ramp for increased integrity.

The rifle has the typical M4 post front sight, flexible for altitude (Ruger supplies the tool). There is also Ruger’s own flip-up (or fold-down) back sight, which is adjustable for windage via a thumb screw.

The AR-556 I received had 1,000 rounds of 5.56 and.223 ammunition from a number of producers as well as I was asked to “court test” the rifle. This is among the processes Ruger uses to check items in the manufacturing stage to identify troubles and make changes prior to last production takes place. Coincidentally, the same week I obtained the rifle I got a new lubricant item called Militec-1 the manufacturer’s insurance claim is suitable for oiling AR rifles. I cleansed and also lubricated the new rifle inning accordance with the instructions provided by Militec, loaded up concerning 25 Magpul as well as Brownells AR magazines as well as headed to the range. I stood out an Aimpoint Mini red dot view in a LaRue mount on the top rail, established a target at 20 lawns and also, firing as promptly as I could, continued to melt through 1,000 rounds in concerning 90 mins. The rifle fumed- and fired all 1,000 rounds without a solitary malfunction. Not one. This is an amazing performance for an AR and also I can connect it to Ruger’s build top quality and also a remarkable weapon lube. Ruger’s Mark Cart informs me they have a couple of AR-556s at the manufacturing facility that has gone beyond 20,000 rounds without breaking and another that split a bolt at about 19,000 rounds so I believe you will not need to bother with reliability if you purchase an AR-556. At the start of my test the trigger pull was a weird 8 pounds, 15 ounces and at the end of the examination, it had dropped to a much crisper 7 pounds, 15 ounces.

The lower Receiver is rather standard with it six-position stock and army trigger. The trigger damaged at eight extra pounds and also was better than many out-of-the-box army M4 rifles I have actually tried. The hand grasp was not typical M4; it was far better shaped, suitable my hand like the proverbial handwear cover, and offering just the right range to the trigger … for me anyway. The entire rifle is completed in a black oxide. Incidentally, there’s no front sling swivel, but there is an accessory factor for one as well as a bayonet, bipod, or various other devices.

The AR-556 is made in Ruger’s new factory in Mayodan, North Carolina, is 100% American made as well as created almost completely from parts made by Ruger. With the premium and also mid-priced AR market covered by its SR collection rifles, Ruger made a decision that currently is the best time to include an extra budget-friendly gas impingement AR to its brochure. Field removing the rifle screw I uncovered Ruger had installed a rubber “donut” on the extractor springtime to boost function. The pistol grasp is a brand-new Ruger style as well as the rifle comes with one of the excellent Magpul 30 round publications.

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Eric Byron

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