Ruger SR556 Review

Vuurwapen Blog reviews the Ruger SR556. Part 1. Part 2. The video review is below …

I have used one and I liked it. A common complaint is that is heavy, which it is, but this is not necessarily a bad thing and comes down to personal preference.

[ Many thanks to jdun1911 for emailing me the link. ]

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Mountainbear

    Love the arrow pointing at the barrel and showing “BARREL”.

  • SpudGun

    A very well thought out review without needless hyperbole, condescention or verbosity.

    However, just to play Devil’s Advocate, the reviewer missed out on the Ruger’s main feature – VFM.

    From trawling various forums, Ruger owners seem to be extremely happy with the value for money of these rifles – normally costing substantially less then other piston variant ARs on the market.

    They get their heavy barrel, rails, chromed bits, flip up sights and Pmags all included in the price. It also helps that the rifle goes bang all the time.

    As for the reviewer’s ascertation that ‘it’s a good rifle if it’s the only rifle you train with’ – that has left me a little puzzled. I’ve shot with full auto, semi auto and bolt action rifles, pump and semi-auto shotguns and revolvers and semi auto pistols. All with different characteristics, controls and recoil. Am I super elite Delta ninja pro with each weapon? No. Can I cope with changing from a pistol to shotgun to a rifle? Yes.

    If you have limited yourself to shooting only light DI AR-15s your entire life, then I can see how this would be a problem. The review seemed to be less about the Ruger itself and more about how different it was from the reviewer’s own rifle.

    But these are just minor criticisms and I enjoyed the review overall and look forward to seeing more from Vuurwapen.

  • altoids

    Annoying. I wish the reviewer would not dedicate every five seconds to preemptively answering any anticipated criticism. Internet trolls will always exist, just ignore them and give a straight review without the perpetual defensive crouch.

  • Gir

    i’m kinda surprised you dont link to nutnfancy reviews

    thanks for posting this though

  • tacotwofer

    excellent “no-shit” review….

  • jdun1911

    For some people weight is an important issue. These type of people tends to sling their carbine, stand for most of the day, and mostly shoot off hand. It’s not fun shooting off hand with a front heavy carbine.

  • Red

    If anybody likes reviews check out Nutnfancys on youtube. I highly recommend it. Interestingly enough he reviewed it and sayed the swing wieght was way to heavy for him. Part 1 Part 2

    About the rifle didnt ruger come out with a lighter version of the 556 and it’s called the SR556c even had a press release about how it was because of customers input.. and better yet steve i saw it on your awesome blog!! 🙂

  • jdun1911

    Yeah, you have to compensate for the front heavy rifle/carbine. You do things a little bit slower when operating a heavy firearm.

  • Josh

    yep very good review esp of a weapon that is not a favorite.
    I like heavy but weight is a factor on long hauls.
    I suspect this is for ar fans mb security details not for military use.
    I expect to see a more military version later like the ac556 of the mini 14.
    I will have to watch more of his reviews seems very knowledgeable.