Ruger has just introduced a cheaper model of the SR-556 called the SR-556E. It will retail for $1369, over $600 cheaper than the standard and compact SR-556 models. Other than the price, its most notable point of difference is a cheaper handguard that has only a 12 o’clock rail. Rails can be purchased that will screw into the 3, 6 & 9 o’clock positions.
Ruger is not clear on what the ‘E’ (‘Essential’ or maybe ‘Economy’) version of the SR-556 lacks compared to the standard SR-556 and SR-556C. From what I can make out looking at the photo, it lacks the following …
- Quad rail & rail covers
- Troy Folding BattleSights
- Barrel and chamber are not chromed
- Bolt carrier, bolt & extactor are not chromed.
- Houge pistol grip.
- Ships with only one P-Mag magazine (the standard model ships with three)
Note, it does ship with the soft case and the gas system is chromed (chrome-lined gas block, chrome-plated piston and regulator).
It weighs a fraction less than the SR-556C and 0.58 lbs less than the standard SR-556. The SR-556 is well known for being heavy.
|Caliber||5.56mm NATO/.223 Rem.|
|Finish||Black Oxide/Hardcoat Anodized|
|Overall Length||32.75″ – 36.00″|
|MA & CA Approved||No|