It was only a matter of time. Ruger catalogs ammunition, knives, modern sporting rifles, revolvers, handguns, and even silencers. Now they can add stripped lower receivers to their burgeoning resume. The Ruger AR-Lower Receiver was quietly announced November 22nd, and will soon hit store shelves.
If you own a Ruger AR-556 rifle or have at least fondled one, then you have seen the stripped lower receiver that Ruger is selling. Like most others on the market, it is Mil-Spec and interchangeable among an array of industry parts.
Ruger has this new product offering kind of hidden on their own website. It does not have a dedicated page to view it like most of their products. Instead, if you visit their AR-556 page it is about half-way down. You can find it HERE.
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. had this to say about their lower receiver:
This affordable, American-made modern sporting rifle lower receiver is CNC-machined from forged 7075-T6 aluminum, is Type III hard-coat anodized and makes a great centerpiece component to those looking to build their own modern sporting rifle.
Ruger does note in an e-mail sent out to distributors and dealers that it is just a lower receiver. Internal components or a lower parts kit are to be bought separately.
The current MSRP of the Ruger AR-Lower Receiver is $129. This drops it right into the same ballpark as many industry standards like Anderson Manufacturing. So in reality, it should sell anywhere from $60 – $100.