Ruger has had great
success with their SR-556 gas-piston
semi-automatic rifle. While it is an excellent rifle, many
shooters prefer the lighter weight and affordability of a
direct-impingement gun, and with their new AR-556, Ruger has
Made at Rugerís new Mayodan, North Carolina
facility, the AR-556 is what an AR-15 should be. It has a 16.1
inch cold hammer-forged chrome-moly steel barrel, forged 7075-T6
hard-coat anodized upper and lower receivers machined to tight
tolerances, and a machined billet A-2 gas block with sling stud
attachment point and a bayonet lug. The rear sight is a folding
adjustable unit attached to the flattop upper. Even at a low
price point, the AR-556 is a full-featured AR, having an
ejection port dust cover, forward assist, and empty case
deflector. The barrel is threaded 1/2x28 TPI with a birdcage
flash suppressor attached. The heavy-profile barrel is rifled
one turn in eight inches, and stabilizes bullets up to the 77
grain class. The trigger is a single-stage military type, and
the bolt carrier group is black-oxide finished, with a
chrome-plated internal finish on the carrier and gas key, which
is staked on to the BCG. The six-position buttstock rides on a
mil-spec buffer tube, and is quickly adjustable to fit most any
shooter. The pistol grip fills in behind the receiver for a
more-comfortable hold. The patented barrel nut is easy to
remove, and will accommodate any standard handguard.
The AR-556 ships with one thirty-round PMag,
and has a suggested retail price of $749 US, with an expected
street price of just under $600 US, as of the date of this
review. The AR-556 has endured extensive testing before entered
into production, and the one reviewed here proved to be one
hundred percent reliable, and very accurate. The AR-556 is in
the distribution pipeline now. Check out the extensive line of
Ruger firearms and accessories online at www.ruger.com.
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