Ruger Selling “State Compliant” Rifles

state compliant AR-556

Ruger announced the company is now selling “state compliant” versions of the AR-556 rifle. The new guns will lack some of the basic features of a common AR-15 rifle. Among the changes to this gun are:

  • reduced capacity magazine (10-rounds)
  • fixed length of pull stock (it retains an M-4 style look)
  • non-threaded barrel

According to Ruger, these rifles will be available to residents of the following states:

  • Colorado
  • Hawaii
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey

Ruger also states the rifle will be available for sale in the unincorporated US territory of Puerto Rico.

The suggested retail price of these state compliant rifles is $749 – the same as the MSRP on the full-featured guns.

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  • WFDT

    Shoots just as well, I imagine.

  • Asdf

    Well, I am ecstatic that they finally made those murder machines harmless.

    • Southpaw89

      I dunno, it is still black, and it has that pistol grip, why it could turn on its owner at any moment! You just cant trust something that looks so scary.

    • Jimbo

      I’m ecstatic that people like you have only one vote. (Wish it were less.)

  • raz-0

    I’ve been seeing some people complain about this. I never get that argument.

    Making firearms more accessible in ban states is an unalloyed good for RKBA. This notion that there is some path to victory by ostracizing populations due to their politicians is stupid. Count the raw population in ban states. Count the electoral votes.

    • Cymond

      As I see it, neglecting those people is EXACTLY what the politicians want. In fact, those gun owners are on the front lines against gun control. Many have said that California is a testing ground for future national legislation. I have a great respect for those that stay and push back, rather than merely retreating to a friendly state.

      I know, I know, Firearms not Politics.

      • Darhar M.

        It seems they are only on the front lines against gun control because they let their elected officials get out of control in the first place or failed to elect their pro-gun politicians resulting in the antis- winning elections and making things rough on firearms owners in these Torry states.

        • Southpaw89

          Or they are just outnumbered by the people who would vote for the anti gun types.

        • nadnerbus

          There is truth to that. But what happens in California does have national implications. They try their strategies here first. They throw law after law at guns, some get vetoed, some get struck down. But they keep doing it ’till some stick. Then you can look forward to seeing those laws tried out at the Federal level.

          With that in mind, don’t be surprised when you see these ideas floated in Washington:

          fingerprinting and ID required to buy ammo
          guns needing to pass a government test to be legally sold
          outright bans on high caps. They did it in Canada.
          micro stamping requirement
          ballistic fingerprint database

          It is much easier and cheaper to fight them small than when it goes big.

          • Darhar M.

            What you say is true as well.

          • Starr Manning’s Lesbian Lover

            No ID should be required to buy ammo! You SHOULD need one to vote but not buy ammo. And let’s face ammo never hurt anyone but voting…now there’s a killer.

          • nadnerbus

            I realize you are intentionally being a jackass, but you already have to have an ID and a background check to get the device that slings the bullets, so your ironic comparison is moot. If you needed an ID to get voting information to make a more informed vote, maybe that would compare a little better.

            The law proposed would not stop crime, but it would drive up costs of shooting as a hobby, since it would make bulk purchases by internet impossible (something that they already passed and was struck down by the court). It would also make collecting a database on who shoots what and how often child’s play. Combine that with political pressure to close down gun stores, and you pinch off a right without actually banning it. San Francisco recently drove their last gun store out of business. My own town recently announced a council meeting to discuss “zoning” changes for the gun store in our town. I wonder what they might be trying to do?

        • Cymond

          … or they’re outnumbered underdogs. Try living in rural NY or CA. Politics are dominated by the mega cities with populations greater than many states.

    • missourisam

      If the people you feel sorry for were to work diligently they just might turn their anti gun state around, If not, they could move out of there to a more gun friendly state, and if enough moved the electoral votes would go down. Problem solved.

      • raz-0

        Do some research. Voting with one’s feet means how many electoral votes can’t be recovered?

        Also go look at most favorable rkba judicial rulings, did they come from places with or without strict gun control laws?

    • Tothe

      While I see the point of producing a product to serve the community where stupid restrictions exist, I also support the people subject to such bad laws breaking them.

  • Maxpwer

    Glad they are serving their customers and that will work until those states ban “state compliant” versions as well.

  • Now they just need one with a Kydex grip wrap to sell in CA.

  • Rodrigo

    When it looked like there was a possible ban on all semi-auto rifles, didn’t Ruger redesign their semi-auto rifles to function as lever actions?

    • Cymond

      The only one I know of was the 96/22, a lever action rifle that took 10/22 magazines.

  • Smitch

    I will NEVER BUY ONE! I will build my own and I don’t live in those F__kedup States!

  • Lance

    Colorado? you can still get a normal AR in that state just no 30rd mags. They had a mag ban not a AWB.

    • LetsTryLibertyAgain

      It looks like the petty dictators win. Ruger can’t make a different version of their AR for each little dictatorship, with specific features to match each specific infringement that changes with each new legislative session adding new infringements, so they make a free state version of their AR with all of the features, and a nanny state version with ALL of the infringements. If you live in a free state, you get an AR. If you live in any partially free state, you get the fully neutered AR. That’s the market response to tyranny. As soon as any nanny state requires micro stamping, all of the nanny state gun buyers will be forced to pay $100 more for a micro stamped AR. Have fun dancing with the Devil.

      • DataMatters

        The market response to tyranny is merely appeasement. Appeasement is what nearly eliminated the UK. It’s a losing strategy, in other words. I’m not terribly optimistic about our freedom in the US going forwards. But I’ll die on my feet if I need to.

  • iowaclass

    Ugh! The worst. The AR was a huge loss of aesthetics in exchange for functionality. Why would you want to retain any of those aesthetics WITHOUT the functionality?
    Just make a decent autoloader with M-14/Mini-14 style furniture using polymer materials.
    What would be even better is, instead of swapping out low-capacity magazines, a loading system in which you can “top off” with individual rounds without taking the gun out of battery, like you can do with tubular-magazine firearms.

    • Cymond

      I don’t see a fixed stock and non-threaded barrel as major losses in functionality. It’s still an AR-15 in every other way, and there are many advantages to the design due to aftermarket support.

      • iowaclass

        Fixed stock, yes, but why THAT fixed stock? “Look, Ma, a lever and tube for adjusting length that’s totally non-functional!”

        • Jeff Heeszel

          Sort of like a big fake hood scoop on a Honda car.

        • Cymond

          Yes, agreed. They probably chose it because of cost. They probably just drilled a hole and put in a roll pin or something like that. Ruger is a budget brand.

      • LetsTryLibertyAgain

        “…and there are many advantages to the design due to aftermarket support”

        If you’re talking about losing that fixed stock that looks like an adjustable stock and replacing it with a REAL AR-15 multi-position stock, I’d agree. Thread the muzzle and put a nice forend on there and you can have a decent AR-15, but that seems like a lot of added work and expense to make some nanny state politicians “feel safe”.

        • Cymond

          Of course, doing that would negate the point of buying a legal AR-15 for people living in nanny states.

          I was mainly referring to swapping uppers, match triggers, drop-in 22lr conversion kits, and so forth.

  • Eric S

    Why don’t they use one of Magpul’s fixed stock offerings on this instead of a useless M4 stock? The MOE Fixed Carbine Stock would be more useful. Although it would probably increase the MSRP so I guess I’ve answered my question.

    • Raymond Miller

      What would be nice is if someone made a stock that had spacers so guys with short arms can adjust the LOP to fit us. If you had spacers of different sizes you could adjust from warm to cool/cold weather very simply and be in compliance, I believe so anyway.

  • Michael Rice

    Little curious as to what they think the Hawaii gun laws are, since as far as I know the only restrictions on long guns is minimum barrel length (16″ Rifle, 18″ shotgun) and no select fire/full auto. SBRs and ‘Pistols’ are also a no go, and the only restriction on magazines for long guns is they cannot be useable in pistols with a capacity greater than 10 rounds (So no pistol carbines I suppose).

    • Scott P

      Well now you know how Maryland feels. Maryland sucks for carry but of all the slave states it is the easiest to acquire guns in. Except for handguns you can still acquire and sell rifles/shotguns like the rest of free(er) America.

  • Captain Obvious

    Ruger already offered their SR556 (piston version) in a ban state compliant version. I’ve seen them offered new for around $800 from some places on clearance. Since a regular Ruger AR556 typically goes for around $600 street price, I can see these neutered ones will eventually be much cheaper. That will be a good deal if you happen to have AR parts laying around and/or are looking for a base gun for a project.

  • Buffalo_Samurai

    Colorado only has a magazine capacity limit. Hopefully nobody is silly/uninformed enough to buy this neutered one without a collapsing stock and threaded barrel in CO because it’s “compliant”.

    Why not just give it an A1 or A2 stock? it would look nicer, be more comfortable, have a little storage, and be just a more functional option.

    If they are gonna have the 16″ barrel they should really use the mid-length gas system too.

    The gas block doesn’t even have a sling swivel, I get no bayonet lug, but come on, it has a rear sling point.

    A pinned muzzle brake is legal in all 50 states right?

    Makes those changes and you have something that’s actually worth while. otherwise this rifle is just for duping newbies out of their money in the less free states.

    You’re gonna be better off building something yourself.

  • Southpaw89

    Just saw one of the non compliant Ruger ARs today, seems like a pretty well built gun for a very reasonable price, I may have to pick one up one of these days. Nice to now everyone in the States will have access to in in some form or another.

  • nadnerbus

    I know, politics…

    But I have to give Ruger props. They are 180 degrees from old Ruger, where they would not even think of selling such evil stuff to mere civilians. It is good to see a good firearm maker come around and do right by the market.

  • Raymond Miller

    I miss the bayonet lug. My friends and I used to go to Asbury Park, N.J. on Friday nights and bayonet people. It was a blast. We only did this on Fri. because it took all day Sat. to clean all of the blood off and get ready for the next Fri. We did this in Asbury because at the time it was the largest city close by, so there were more people to attack.

    • DataMatters

      LOL! Gun controllers just take little bites where they can. If they drive rational people mad in the process, all the better for them.

  • Leo

    i am in nj and i am happy we could get at least something. i don’t care much about rifle limitations, it is minimal and I still could go range and shot! Instead of one mag i have 2×15 rounds. So what?

    • Raymond Miller

      God bless you my friend, but you don’t understand the point here. The DEMOCRATS & some REPUBLICANS are in violation of our Constitution. They are working toward exactly what you left behind in Europe, that is their goal. In NJ they pass laws that do nothing to prevent crime, what they do pass are laws meant to harass and discourage you and me from wanting to own a firearm, and fill our children’s heads with lies about how guns are the reason for crime and must be gotten rid of, not the criminal who uses them. Why that criminal was not loved by his daddy or mommy when he was growing up, that’s why he chose the path he is on. And if you have a problem child that you need help with, you try to get it. The ACLU has made it next to imposable to get someone put into a hospital for theirs and our safety.

  • LetsTryLibertyAgain

    I see both sides of this issue, but to those who say that the politicians want gun companies to ignore the market in the gun-ban states and thus deprive them of the full measure of their right to keep and bear arms, I’d counter that what the politicians really want is to force gun companies to jump through their little hoops and deprive us all of the full measure of our right to keep and bear arms. I live in a relatively free state, and I hate it when I buy a gun and I receive a 50 state compliant version with a ten round magazine because it’s easiest for a gun company to sell to the least common denominator. Essentially, my right is being infringed by the California state legislature and I never had the opportunity to vote for any of those Big Government tyrants.

    I realize that Ruger isn’t playing that particular game and they sell their full featured products in free states and their feature reduced product behind enemy lines, and I respect that, but I feel that any time you capitulate to these control freaks you empower them. Once you start down that road, you’ll be required to offer new products every year, with microstamped chambers, bullet buttons, longer barrels, no Shoulder Thing That Goes Up, etc. There is no appeasing those who seek to ban guns. They’ll bankrupt your company trying to comply with their never ending petty dictates, and accommodating those markets will provide less incentive for gun owners in those states to oppose their oppressive state legislatures. You feed the “we don’t want to ban your guns” rhetoric, by offering them the “common sense restrictions” that keep changing as they constantly move the goal posts in the direction of disarmament.

  • Krombopulus Michael

    Hi there, long time lurker, first time commenter. You can definitely get a “normal” AR in CO. Not only that, but you can get high capacity mags. The cops hate the law and refuse to enforce it.

  • Jay

    Having lived in MA my whole life ( unfortunately….saving to move ) I obviously hate how we have such incredibly stupid laws.
    That being said, I always though that it would be nice if these state ban models could have a different stock than a “m4 fixed stock”
    First thing I do is change the stocks

  • Uncle Joe Biden

    Are they sure they want to ship that abortion to Colorado residents? We may have a “15 rd limit” but we don’t have an assault weapons ban. No educated Coloradan is going to buy that hunk of junk when they can get a million other better ARs that are in there correct configuration. $hi#, we can even have NFA weapons here in Colorado. It is nice for the states that have to have it though I guess. Its still a damn shame that crap like this even exists.

  • Terrance M

    What about Washington,DC

  • Robert Griffith

    I like it. If it was all I could get my hands on I could work with it. I like the simplicity of it. It appeals to the minimalist in me.

  • DataMatters

    You know how I know this country ha completely lost its mind? Crap like that abomination! You can’t ban technology. It doesn’t work. It has never worked. It’s just like when NASCAR started requiring restrictor plates on the air intakes to limit horsepower because too many cars were crashing on the big ovals–the technological speed limit was artificially set and the sport was never the same again. After that time, it was all complete bs and organizers started in with the bs marketing to replace the real deal (e.g. “keeping the pack tighter and making more competitive racing”). It didn’t work.

    In this case, laws are trying to accomplish something that has never once been accomplished in all of human history, which is to put a genie back in its bottle.

    But I worry that humans never seem to learn or to be truly rational animals. We have these Cultural Marxist gun controllers who ignore reason and instead act using their lizard brains and there is no talking to them. All the while, they accuse non-gun-phobics of the same thing–being stubborn to the point of total gridlock. And yet, we’re the ones who are right about technology and don’t fear it. And we accept that bad things happen despite our best intentions. Banning things is not the way forward. Seeking enlightenment and well-being is the only true path.

    The Cultural Marxists must be defeated at all costs.

  • Jimbo

    Alas, not a NY version?