Ruger AR-556 Sneak Peek

Tactical Life got a sneak peak at the new Ruger AR-556. Ruger’s direct impingement AR-15. According to the video, the gun will retail for $749 and has a lot of features not seen in an AR of that price point. Such as folding rear sight, serrated angled face, forged receivers, Cold hammer forged barrel. More information to come of course.

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  • Esh325

    It would interesting to see if they could lop off some of the price in other ways like getting rid of the shell deflector,forward assist,dust cover, front and rear sight. Most people use optics anyways.

    • Karl

      Most of those things aren’t noticed until you need them badly (maybe not the shell deflector). I would most definitely never own any firearm without backup sights as they can die, come off due to malfunction or even (going to extremes here most of us don’t have to deal with) been shot off. Also if your AR platform is ever dirty enough (or there’s simply something wrong) you might just have to push the bolt back into battery using the forward assist; again not something noticed until you are in a pinch a really need to perform a text book “SPORTS” but nice to have for the slight chance you might need it.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        Actually… On the topic of backup sights, you’d be surprised just how effective a proper cheekweld and a turned off aimpoint tube can be. Easy 20″ at 100y. I have backup sights on my carbine, but I wouldn’t feel terrible with a good optic and no backup irons.

        You should try it. Surprising results actually.

        • Karl

          I couldn’t agree more with you, and have been there done that (batteries die at the worst possible moments, like at the middle of qualifying at the range…).

      • Hank Seiter

        I don’t think the brass deflector adds to the cost since the entire upper is milled in one piece anyway. True, it would need a bigger piece of billet aluminum. It might add an extra dollar to production cost … okay, maybe $5.

    • tazman66gt

      Unless they are buying their forgings it would cost about the same since they would have to machine new tooling to make the slick upper

    • echelon

      S&W, Bushmaster and others make such a model. They’re typically called “ORC” or “Sport” models…

    • claymore

      Guessing you are not left handed. Empties bouncing off your ear muffs gets annoying quite quickly.

    • Kivaari

      I like the shell deflector. On the M16A1 when fired left-handed, as we did in the Army, the hot cases getting stuck under a helmet chin strap leaves burns.

  • Cornelius Carroll

    Serrated angled face? Not familiar.

    • tazman66gt

      Think he is referring to the front sight base being serrated to reduce glare

      • Cornelius Carroll

        Ah that makes sense. Thanks.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        This. Something to the best of my knowledge DD did and has been pushing. Theirs doesn’t use an angled face but rather a curved one as well as being serrated.

    • shootbrownelk

      You mean Charles Krauthammer?

    • Kivaari

      They are often called “sight towers”. I understand that the M16, M16A1, M16A2 share the same height. It was pointed out to me that the A3 (those rifles with a removable carry handle) are a new height.


    Don’t want to be a grammar nazi – but 2nd time you guys go “sneak peak” on us. Peaks aren’t sneaky . . .

    Also – how can it be a sneak peek? One of the guys @ my local range was shooting his brand new Ruger AR-556 two weeks ago . . .

    • stephen

      When Lewis and Clark were exploring they came upon the Rocky Mountains and they were quoted as saying…

      “That sneaky peak just came out of nowhere didn’t it Lewis?”

      “Yes it did Clark.”


      Just had to joke on that.

      • Harry Dunne

        I expected the Rocky Mountains to be a little rockier than this.

        • Lloyd Christmas

          I was thinking the same thing. That John Denver’s full of s***, man.

        • FourString

          “That sneaky peak just came out of nowhere didn’t it Lewis?”

          I read that in a Scottish brogue for some reason..

      • CrassyKnoll

        Given that their goal was to find a northwest passage to the Pacific I suspect their initial response upon seeing the Rockies was a tad more colorful.

        Quoting it might get you banned, historic or not.

        • markej4801

          Probably similar to the first white man’s view of the Grand Canyon–DAMN! How do I get around THAT?!?

      • Fred Johnson

        Was that Clark Griswold?

    • guest

      Stop making sense.

    • Common usage—

      • It’s rather a common mistake, not common usage, isn’t it? Both words – “sneak” and “peek” have actual, modern meanings that comprise this idiom (as does the word “peak”). Common usage could be argued if one or more of the THREE words were obsolete, mangled, or used here in a meaning that is long gone. But this isn’t the case.

        It’s no more “common usage” than saying “Viola” instead of “Voila”. The fact that a lot of Americans say “big violin” instead of “there you are” for many years doesn’t make it any more correct.

    • maodeedee

      The most commonly mis-spelled, mis-used words are: To, Too, and Two, and There, Their, and They’re.

      So Their. Oh, did I spell that right? Let’s see…. I before E except after C….?

  • john huscio

    Will there be a Larry Vickers endorsement?

    Will it be more successful than their piston offering?

    Will I end up wanting something made by ruger other than a gp100?

    So many questions…

    • JumpIf NotZero

      SP101 4″, awesome.

      Ruger Scout Rifle in 308, excellent if you want a handy 0-300y hunting/pack rifle.

      10/22 and 22/45, classic.

      • Ruger Super Redhawk. I’ve seen the results of what a .44 Magnum in one of those, loaded with 24 grains of Bullseye (yes, 24 GRAINS) behind a heavy bullet did in one of those revolvers. The shooter still has all ten fingers and both eyes — need I say more why, when I buy a .44Mag, it will be a Super Redhawk? [grin]

        Hell, ANY of the steel frame Ruger revolvers (I don’t know enough about the newest ploymer jobbies).

        The Ruger P85/P90/etc. family of pistols — like a 1980’s Volvo — they’re ugly, but DAMN! they’re solid.

        • Kivaari

          I saw a Ruger 3-screw .44 magnum fired with 19 grains of Bullseye. It made it 3 rounds, before the top strap and 3 chambers parted company with the rest of the gun. The shooter said he used “pistol powder, since all pistol powders are the same”. He thought so anyway, and he did not get a refund.

      • Besides the sights, I didn’t see much I liked in the GSR.

        • JumpIf NotZero

          Factory package. It’s a fast and cheap way to get a threaded 16″ with irons, pic rail, AI style mags, and a Mauser 98-like action. It’s not a 1000y gun, but I had no issue with 0-400y and occasionally 500y and in with mine. It was sort of fun even.

          If I was hanging upside down from a tree and want to rack a bolt gun, I’d want it to be a mauser action πŸ˜‰

          • Isn’t the .308 version 18″?

            I guess if you want those features, then yeah, the GSR looks great. For me, though, it didn’t really appeal.

          • JumpIf NotZero

            Stainless might have been. And export is. Normal version 16.1/16.5″

          • Alright, just going off memory, anyway. Jeeze, what’s wrong with me? Google’s sitting right there at the top of my browser.

          • Fred Johnson

            But, the heavy laminate stock and the barrel profile are a recoil reducing feature. πŸ˜€

            Seriously though, the GSR only feels heavy if it’s got big glass on it, a bipod, and a full 10-round steel mag. I don’t know why anyone really wants to mount a bipod on such a short rifle. Maybe it makes sense with a suppressor?

          • Fred Johnson

            And both the 16.5″ and 18″ .308 GSRs have under reported barrel lengths. Measured with a cleaning rod on a closed bolt, both barrels are 3/4″ longer than Ruger says.

            I wonder if the 5.56 GSR is the same?

          • ThomasD

            Lack of stripper clip accommodation makes it not 98-like enough.

          • JumpIf NotZero

            I’m trying to imagine a planet where I would ever seek out stripper clips over AI mags…. Nope. Cannot be done.

          • Fred Johnson

            Bah. Stripper clips are for old military rifles. The GSR is not an old military rifle. Only scout rifles built from sporterized mil-surps have stripper clip guides cut in the receiver. Commercial built scout rifles do not have this “feature”.

          • Hank Seiter

            Besides, if a rifle is really a “scout rifle” then by definition it must be magazine fed. And why would someone want to stripper clip a removable box mag while it’s still in the rifle … unless you lost your other six loaded magazines? I can see a stripper clip charging system like that used for loading up M-16/AR-15 mags BEFORE the mission.

            Stripper clipped modern bolt-actions are an anarchronism but I still have to admit it’s cool to stripper clip my Mauser 98, Springfield ’03, SMLE No.4 Mark 1 and Mosin Nagant. Decent stripper clips for the last two are getting hard to find.

          • Kivaari

            The M14 used strippers. I still like them. It can be faster to reload than fumbling with a magazine.

          • The Brigadier

            The modern M1A and L1A1 both still have the stripper clip guide. The stripper clip for the M14 was only used as an aid to quickly load the detachable magazine which was not internal like the older Garand. It really isn’t any faster because you still have to first load the stripper which is limited to eight rounds. The mag holds 20 rounds so it takes two and a half loaded strippers to feed the mag. It might ease your finger muscles, but it actually saves you no time.

          • Kivaari

            The M14 used 5-round clips so the rifle could be loaded or topped off. The 20-round box magazine obviously was carried in the rifle and mostly 4 spares on the LBE. I don’t get what you mean about the 8-round clip, since that is for the M1 rifle. As issued to a warrior the M1 clips were pre-loaded in bandoliers. Same with the M14 strippers. They were pre-loaded with 2 five round clips with a cardboard cover in a typical cloth bandolier.
            Unlike the M1 rifle the M14 could be easily topped off.
            Only some variants of the FAL-LAR had a stripper clip guide. They were used in a similar manner to the M14.
            The M1 carbine used a 10-round stripper, having a charger guide already attached.
            The M16 had 10-round clips and one charger guide per bandolier.
            In my era there were two strippers in cardboard shells, in each pocket of the bandolier. I’ve seen some sets with 30 rounds per pocket. I don not remember the country of origin.

          • Geodkyt

            Pretty much everyone that issues 5.56 on cluos in bandoliers (including the US for quite a while) uses 30 rounds per pocket, IIRC. The British bandoliers are really nice…

            Of course the old US 7×20 round bandoliers are actually really nice 7×30 round bandoliers, if you omit the cardboard.

          • Kivaari

            Too bad they don’t.

          • Kivaari

            No charger guide and no thumb notch. I like those little things.

      • CrassyKnoll

        No love for the SR-762?

      • MrApple

        I love my MkIII 22/45 but my 22/45 LITE is too finicky on ammo for my tastes. It will probably get replaced soon.

    • valorius

      Ruger makes lots of great guns. I love my lcp like its a person. Lol.

      • Chained

        I second that except I don’t own an LCP.

        • valorius

          In my family we have an lcp, sp101, police service six, a single six, single ten, several mkIII 22’s, and a couple 10/22’s.

          They’re all awesome tools for their role.

    • Gwolf

      I second the 4″ SP101

      The SR22 is fun too.

    • shootbrownelk

      Will it be more accurate than their Mini-14-30?? I sure hope so.

      • Kivaari

        “They say” the newest versions of the Mini’s are more accurate. I never shot a good group from a Mini-30, but had great results from a couple of GB models.

    • Chained

      Not likely

      Yes because of cost and offers more than similar S&W M&P sport

      Yes, you’ll want a series of Single Sixes and Blackhawks, a Single Seven, A Super Blackhawk, a Redhawk, an American Predator, A Gun Site Scout or Guide Gun, A 10/22, SR1911 and an M77 in the caliber of your choice.

      • The Brigadier

        My Security Six with a six inch barrel in .357 mag is my favorite Ruger magnum pistol. The .44 magnum can literally separate the head off of someone’s neck, but the .357 can remove half of it. Dead is dead.

  • Andrew Hobby
    • Michael R. Zupcak

      Also, I’d take an Adams Arms rifle over a Ruger SR-556 any day of the week.

      • Oh yeah, I love guns that shave off bits of the receiver.

        • Mack

          Seriously nathan, i proved this statement wrong in another Piston vs DI debate, do you want me to link the pictures again?

          The newer designs have taken care of carrier tilt and cam pin wear only get to a certain point and completely stops on all of my Piston guns or doesn’t happen at all. (i now have 4, up from the previous 2 from our last argument)

          Your argument was maybe once fact, but if we would go off of things when they first came out, we wouldn’t have basically any guns because all of them have there hiccups!

          With new one piece carriers, enlarged and bcg tails, carrier tilt is basically non existent, cam pin wear only happens during break in and it is minimal. Seriously buy a base model adams arms, beat the crap out of it, and see just how much it wears, then get off your DI high horse, they are both great platforms, you don’t need to criticizes every piston comment out there just because you don’t like them. They both have their advantages, stop being ignorant and open your eyes.

          • Hank Seiter

            Ditto. I have both and each are wonderful pieces of engineering. But I have to admit, there’s little more remarkable than a really smooth running DI AR.
            But I’m still waiting to shoot my first STG-44 which is pretty smooth even in rat-a-tat mode. Maybe I’ll get to Knob Creek at some point and rent one to shoot.
            I had an opportunity to purchase an original STG-44 that with a little cleaning and some WD-40 with quadruple ought steel wool would have been considered in very good condition for $7K. They retail for over $20K, now! Found it in Texas and unfortunately there were some “paperwork” issues with the rifle that prevented any kind of legal transfer. I won’t be moving from the fascist state of Illinois to a Class III friendly state in a few years so I was prevented from purchasing it anyway. BTW, Natchez Shooters Supply now carries the 7.92×33 ammo.

  • northafrican

    a flat dark earth paint is a feature not seen in an AR of that price point.

    • But it is available for a few bucks at WalMart. πŸ˜‰

    • Hank Seiter

      I just painted my first AR. It’s your run-of-the-mill Delton AR lower with a Rock River upper — really smooth shooting so the vent hole must be perfectly sized to the mass of the bolt carrier and the spring rate — and I first uniformly spayed it with Dark Earth tan and then used leaf templates to spot spray with OD green. Then sealed it with flat clear. Looks great but it probably won’t hold up to any heavy-duty solvents like Hoppes 9 so I have to be careful cleaning the bore and not over-lubricating the fire control parts.

  • stephen

    Get rid of the standard A2 fixed front sight post – pleeeeaaasssseeee!

    • JumpIf NotZero

      That’s funny, because 90% of people I’ve seen use an AR, should have a front sight post.

    • That is not an A2 FSB. It’s Ruger’s model.

  • iowaclass

    I am a rank amateur. I have shot very little. Never shot an AR, or any centerfire self-loading rifle for that matter. I know nothing of ARs beyond what I have read. But from this narrow vantage, there is only one thing AR-related about which I feel confidient: all other things being equal, pistons are better than D.I. I don’t understand why D.I. persists, much less do I understand why our military insists on keeping it, beyond costs. What am I missing?

    • E.Stoner

      My understanding is DI has less moving parts. It is therefore cheaper, lighter, easier to maintain and potentially more accurate. Detractors of DI will say the AR “is the only rifle that poops where it eats”. Modern ammo (less carbon fouling) seems to have put the reliably issues of DI to bed.

      • iowaclass

        That’s what I was wondering. There’s the counter-argument: fewer moving parts. I wonder how it works out for shooters in actual use.

        • It works REALLY WELL. And adequate lubrication has settled the “reliability” problems — Google “Filthy 14”. I’ve seen abuse testing of ARs run with the crappiest ammo on the market, NO cleaning, and merely heavy applications of lubrication that, 5,000 or 10,000 rounds into the test, I would swear that based oon the appearance of teh internals, the guns shouldn’t even be running well as straight pull bolt actions. . . yet they were still reliably running as semiautos.

          There’s a reason that the very same US Army Ordnance experts who tried to sabotage the M16’s acceptance tests (and *did* sabotage the FAL and AR10), the very same guys who developed the M21 sniper rifle modification of the M14, admitted (almost immediately after fielding the M21) that the AR’s DI system was one of the major reasons the AR10 was THE BEST CHOICE for a 7.62x51mm sniper rifle for US Army use; even superior to the US Army developed M21.

          Now, there are some specialty cases where piston run ARs are superior to DI. If you’re running a 10.5″ SBR, running an AR as if it was an LMG, or running a suppressor, there are valid arguments for piston systems. . . in those guns.

          • JumpIf NotZero

            Suppressor isn’t. I can first hand tell you that’s baloney. Been there, tried that. Nonsense.

            Almost all of the extra crap you get from shooting suppressed comes back from the barrel because the action opens early. The dwell time is lower, the pressure is higher in the barrel as the action opens, there is new area of low pressure the gas reverses direction to the new area of least resistance. Pistons guns get plenty dirty when suppressed.

          • Jump’s 100% right here. People who think suppressed ARs are especially bad should try shooting a suppressed Tavor or SIG 550 sometime.

          • Mack

            Since opening my business and getting my 07/02, i can not agree more, piston or DI, suppressed get filthy.

          • JumpIf NotZero

            Adjustable / Tuned DI port makes a world of difference, but yea, still dirty πŸ™‚

          • Mack

            yes it does, i tried running noveske switch block, but fine tuning with like a seekins adjustable really has made the difference!

          • JumpIf NotZero

            My next carbine… .049 gas port. Suppressor part of the gun. Suppressed only.

        • Mack

          When it comes down to piston vs di, i think its a toss up, both have advantages. The most modern piston AR designs have more then taken care of premature wear issue of the past, the weight difference is very little (in most designs you literally have one more moving parts and usually no added parts). Both run very equally in price. Both DI and Piston guns are very reliable.

          I prefer pistons because i would rather have a very small area to clean (gas block and piston) vs having to clean a whole receiver, gas tube and gas block)

        • Fred Johnson

          It works just fine. No worse than any piston gun I’ve used.

          Using a bad magazine is the only reason for concern, IMO.

      • Kivaari

        Ezell’s “The Great Rifle Controversy” explains in detail what used to be problems have been solved. Ezell died a decade ago, and since then, the rifles have improved.
        I suggest getting a mid-length rifle. They are not too expensive and you can see if you like them. Chances are you will and can go to a 20″ rifle or an M4 variant. Having two of them is a good thing. I have one of each. My favorite is the mid-length. It’s just money.

    • echelon

      Uh oh…you’ve really opened the fanboy pandora’s box now…lol

    • Michael R. Zupcak

      I’m not going to weigh in on the merits of either (although both systems have advantages and disadvantages). What I will say is you don’t want to post on this site or any other firearm-related site “Never shot an AR…pistons are better than D.I.”. You’ll get verbally ass-raped so hard you won’t shit for a week.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        There is no place or time you would ever want to say “I’m entirely ignorant on the subject”… “but this is the nonsense I read on the Internet and is now my opinion”.

        Any abuse would be well deserved.

        • Michael R. Zupcak

          I sympathize with the guy, though. There are so many articles out there in gun magazines written by “experts” (guys who wore a badge and maybe fired an AR a couple time at the department’s range) claiming this gun is better than that for whatever reason. You have Special Forces guys that endorse products and get paid large sums of money to essentially check their logic at the door and spout off whatever “facts” the check-writer tells them to. Then you have YouTube channels like FPSRussia that are entertainment but are often misinterpreted as a good source of information. Don’t even get me started on TV shows and movies. NCIS New Orleans was talking about Black Talons the other night and I almost threw the remote at the TV.

          • iowaclass

            I’m not an astronaut. My firm opinion is that the Space Shuttle provides a more pleasant ride to and from orbit than a going up on a Titan rocket in a funnel-shaped capsule and splashing down in the ocean and waiting for a carrier to show up and fish you out with a helicopter or a tender boat. But again, I have no direct knowledge.

          • How is riding up to orbit on a bigger controlled explosion more pleasant than riding up to orbit on a smaller one?

            I mean, yeah, splashdown sucks, but so does breaking up over Texas.

          • Yellow Devil

            Yet we mothballed the Space Shuttle and NASA’s next manned rocket, Orion, is actually much closer to the Titan rocket in that the capsule will have to parachute back to earth and retrieved from the ocean after splashdown.
            Ironically, you can maybe make a similar analogy with DI and Piston AR-15. Piston AR-15s are a newer development, but recent upgrades and tried and trued methods with DI has kept them in the market more often.

          • JumpIf NotZero

            I get that. I would just never open with “I’m clueless, but here is what I think!” on any topic πŸ™‚

          • iowaclass

            Let me set you right, son.
            Obviously, unless you have a bunch of foam-hat friends at a range and can test-drive their various ARs for free, if you want an AR, you’re going to have to make an initial purchase, and you’re going to have to base that initial purchase on second-hand information.
            The second-hand information I had, in the aggregate from many sources, is that piston is better than DI in terms of performance. So, my inclination, if making an initial purchase, is to get a piston rather than a DI, subject to affordability. (Ditto for being a taxpayer buying the army’s guns.)
            Now, supra, E. Stoner had a legit counterpoint to offer. (It’s called “adding value.” Try it sometime.) DI means fewer moving parts, which has advantages. So that’s something to put into the mix of considerations.

            Having second-hand information, and an opinion based on that information, is not the same thing as being “clueless.”
            And here’s the larger problem: rude, snotty “gun” people who hate on amateurs are not helping on any level. I live in a gun-control state, and the licensing authorities have never busted my onions the way that the sellers and range personnel have done. The “attitude” issue in U.S. gun culture is a major, major problem. One tends to get much better customer service at the DMV, and from HMO call centers in Calcutta.
            So check yourself.

          • JumpIf NotZero

            Let me set you right, son.

            Then comes up with some garbage that further illustrates someone with no first hand knowledge. Believes whats he reads of the internet. Veers off topic. “Sets” no one anything. Cool.

          • Your intel is tainted, bro.

          • Don Ward

            You are what’s wrong with gun culture.

          • Fred Johnson


            Find a gun range with rental guns. Some have handguns
            for rent, some have long guns for rent. Some ranges have both. It’ll
            cost you, but is still much cheaper than committing to a firearm you
            really don’t want.

          • Kivaari

            Black Talon that rips through like a buzz saw. Except, isn’t the rifling twist around 1 turn in 16 inches? Maybe it buzz saws as it slows down. I do one retired cop that took one through his leg at the knee. It did expand in a text-book manner. A 6 to 8 inch long wound, so maybe it turned 1/4 to 1/2 a turn?

        • SD3

          It’s this bizarro-foreign concept called “integrity”. It levels the field, leaving biases on the side line. Mr. G. Glock has it, and he changed the world.

    • JumpIf NotZero


      • iowaclass

        “No,” D.I. is better or “No,” you’re not missing something?

        • Guest

          No, No one should feed the troll. No, this is not a time or place to “discus” Di v Piston.

          Just No. To all of it.

    • You’ve been fed a line, buddy.

    • You look at pistons, new cartridges, new BCG coatings, milled receivers, etc, and you can bundle all those up into one category: Stuff that’s really easy to do that differentiates you from the market. And that’s one marketing exec away from being “stuff that’s advertised as superior but at best does jack squat.”

      I mean, heck, how many folks fawn over those Adams Arms piston uppers and kits, which literally dig a hole in your receiver?

      • Mack

        read that article, minimal wear that eventually maxed out and did not cause malfunctions or even come close in compromising integrity.

        Most things have slight wear during break in, thats why it is called break in…

    • iowaclass

      Well, now I’m convinced: I’m sticking with AK.

      • Zachary marrs

        But you’ve never fired a centerfire self loading rifle.

        You are just parroting crap you’ve read on the Internet

        • iowaclass

          Yeah, some internet. But there are also things called “books” and “magazines” (the paper kind) that contain information on guns.
          Anyway, how many centerfile rifles that belong to somebody else do you have to beg/borrow/steal and then fire at the range before you can make an educated decision on buying one of your own?
          Unless you have limitless time and limitless access to use other people’s rifles on a “trial” basis, you will have to make a purchase decision in large part on the basis of second-hand information — from the internet, or print sources, or person-to-person.

          • Zachary marrs

            You can find ranges that rent firearms, and sometimes people will be willing to let you shoot theirs.

            According to almost every gun rag, the r51 is the best pistol ever, that Remington still “has it”, but we all know what a ΓΌber turd that was.

            If you simply go by what g&a says, you would have the best gun EVAR! At least as long as that particular manufacturer is still their #1 sponsor.

            More than a few people here have used the DI ar 15 in combat, and ive never seen them say bad about it

          • iowaclass

            There are published news articles about complaints about the M4. Not clear if D.I. was the factor.

          • Zachary marrs

            Oh yes, articles penned by people who haven’t the slightest clue what they are talking about

            Kinda familiar

          • tazman66gt

            Not sure of any ranges here in central Iowa that rent firearms, before he went total internet troll commando I thought about offering him an opportunity to shoot mine, but I don’t want to associate myself with his type.

          • I’m not sure what you expected, showing up to the comments section with an attitude of indignant ignorance like this. “I don’t know anything and that makes me right”. So then you have a bunch of people who DO shoot a lot of centerfire selfloading guns, a lot of guys WITH trigger time on both DI and piston ARs, and they tell you that what you read is wrong, but that’s not good enough. Then you try to turn it into “the whole gun world is just terribly hostile to newbies!” Gee, tell that to Alex C, and he’ll probably still let you shoot his machine guns for free.

            I don’t normally comment on this, but let’s get one thing straight: You showed up here, crowing about your own ignorance on the subject, then you got an attitude. When people didn’t take to that, you got indignant and then you made sweeping statements about the entire gun culture. Jeeze, guy, what did you expect?

          • iowaclass

            I am “reading” people saying on the internet that what I am “reading” other people saying on the internet is wrong. Oh, now everything is so clear!
            I conveyed what I information I had obtained from different sources, then asked “what am I missing.” That’s too much f–ing attitude for you people to stomach?

          • “But from this narrow vantage, there is only one thing AR-related about which I feel confidient: all other things being equal, pistons are better than D.I. I don’t understand why D.I. persists, much less do I understand why our military insists on keeping it, beyond costs.”

            Why do you feel confident in saying this? What sources do you have that are so compelling that, despite being – by your own admission – a total neophyte on the subject, you feel the need to tell everyone that DI is worse than piston operation?

            Then to segue that into “you people are what’s wrong with gun culture”.

            Here’s another example of something you said that has a lot of attitude:

            “And here’s the larger problem: rude, snotty “gun” people who hate on amateurs are not helping on any level. I live in a gun-control state, and the licensing authorities have never busted my onions the way that the sellers and range personnel have done. The “attitude” issue in U.S. gun culture is a major, major problem. One tends to get much better customer service at the DMV, and from HMO call centers in Calcutta.
            So check yourself.”

            But anyway, here’s how I would have asked:

            “A lot of things I’ve read suggest that DI is inferior to piston operation for reliability. Is this so? If not, could someone point me in the right direction on where to begin reading up on this subject?”

          • Renting various guns at a range would be a good start.

          • Fred Johnson


            Find a gun range with rental guns. Some have handguns for rent, some have long guns for rent. Some ranges have both. It’ll cost you, but is still much cheaper than committing to a firearm you really don’t want.

      • I’m not sure how you can “stick” to something you’ve never used.

        • iowaclass

          Just get it, keep it, and never look back.

          • AKs definitely can have problems. Especially cheap ones.

          • Kivaari

            As much as I like AKs, I’ve had around 25 variants since ’76. I no longer own one, and have gone back to AR/M4 – type rifles. Except for the Valmet and Galil versions all AKs have crap sights. At least all the AR’s I have or had, all came with good sights. I don’t like the plastic Magpul sights (even though they are good) and replaced them with Magpul Pro-series.
            ARs for the most part have standard features that improve a shooters experience. Good sights, easy to clean, better grouping, newer versions take optics well, better flash hider (compared to AKs w/o or slanted-types) and more. Most AKs work. Many of you have seen the Norinco .223 versions that had a booklet with them that listed the life expectancy of around 2300-2600 rounds. A couple week ends of shooting for some. The saving grace is the guns were so unreliable, that it would be hard to wear one out from shooting. Other Norinco guns were excellent.
            Buy ARs.

    • Grindstone50k

      Congrats on attracting the ire of the self-appointed gun gurus and snobs on TFB. They couldn’t cut it at TTAB so they came here where it was far more calm and started shoving themselves into everything, throwing their dicks around as if they matter.

    • Kivaari

      DI guns are proven. The M16A1 and newer variants work very well. I love the DI rifles, with normal use and proper cleaning they continue to work. Considering many millions of them have been and continue to see combat, if they did not work, they would not have lasted this long. 50 years of continuous use and improvements seem to have solved the problems that existed 50 years ago. I am down to only three ARs. I had 125 of them in the armory vault. Except for dings from rough handling, the rifles worked.

  • Guest

    I am the only one that would prefer a mid-length gas system & 14.5″ barrel with pinned flash hider? Seems like at that price point they could’ve floated the hand guard and added some rails to it. They’re trying too hard to be an M-4 lookalike but without the cut-out for the grenade launcher.

  • dp

    Surprisingly good price. This is not the 2-stage thing, right?

  • valorius

    Looks like a winner.

  • Tirod

    DI? It very much is the next step in the evolution of firearms development, and it’s major accomplishment is that it reversed the power stroke of the piston to hold the bolt against chamber pressure and move the gas cylinder as the “action” part.

    Look at the bolt tail where it has gas rings hint hint. It’s as much a piston gun as any other. It just does it in a synergistic way to get rid of the high mass of an op rod and all the increase in weight it forces on the soldier.

    We’ve been using it for 45 years, if someone hasn’t got the memo by now, I would suggest 1) enlist and grow a pair, or 2) buy one and find out for yourself.

    Many of us did long ago – even tho we believed the lies about it being a jammomatic poodleshooter and hated them in our ignorance. We didn’t know what we even didn’t know. All the years I spend shooting the M16 (A – nothing, boy,) cleaning it, unpacking new FN’s and qualifying on one the next day, I was lugging an HK91 as my hunting rifle.

    Poop where they eat? Blatant ignorance, fire a mag of Pakistani .308 and check the roller lock bolt on an HK, you will see heaping gas residue. Why? Because, boys and girls, if it’s a self loading action, it has to open early enough there is still residual gas pressure in the barrel which blows back over the case into the action. 10/22 Ruger, HK91, AR15, M16 – A 1,2, M60, M249, Mk19, M2 – you learn weapons, you shoot them, you clean them all.Amazingly, if you bother to allow reality to intrude, wipe the ejected brass down with the tail of a white T-shirt and see the results for yourself.

    If you don’t want to clean one, get a manual action rifle and leave the bolt closed.

    BUT – back to what Ruger is offering, which is a really nice expensive billet FSB on a well proven package at a price point just above S&W, where a buyer can see what he’s paying for, too.

    Reminds me, I have an Armalite clamp on FSB going on a pistol build, and what Ruger has done to theirs is a nice inspiration for cleaning up the forging . . .

    • Excellent comment, Tirod.

      • noob

        please get one of these AR-556s and run ~10k rounds through it without cleaning, next to the knights and the spikes tactical and a S&W? for a control group run an old beat up AK for the same number. Exactly how many rounds without stoppage vs dollars spent can you get out of each rifle?

        It would be interesting to see if all the weapons just keep ticking, now that the materials and manufacturing is all highly developed. if you have enough ammo maybe run them all to a failure that needs gunsmith to fix.

        I know that the test would be unscientific because the sample size for each gun model is 1, but asking you to buy 20 AR-556s and run them to destruction against a sample of >$2300 knights sr15 would probably be asking too much.

    • Kivaari

      Those that hate the DI guns don’t like to be reminded that DI guns work, and work well. If I could have one rifle, affordable, is an M16A1, I still think they are great rifles.

  • Car54

    How about a sneak peek at Sneaky Pete who lives on sneaky peak?

    • shootbrownelk

      Hey, I thought the subject was Rugers AR. What the hell? Fun stuff though!

  • supergun

    I held the gun. Nice.

  • MrApple

    Jeff Quinn from gave this rifle a hell of a good review.

  • Scot168

    Had my sneak peek last weekend at my local gun dealer and he had them on sale for $599.00 and they do look pretty good.

  • maodeedee

    I went to a gun show the week before last with a friend who almost bought one of these for $750. Then the next week one of my local retailers told me that he’d be getting some of these in soon that he’d be able to sell for around $600,

  • The Brigadier

    Just what we all need, another AR. Come on folks, you can wean yourself from these dogs. Just say no or attend an anti-556 group meeting. There is a sponsor near you.

  • Tango Down

    Is this a NEW Ruger AR? I know that Ruger already has one AR out there, has had it for at least a couple of years now.