Ruger SR-556E Economy/Essential AR-15

    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.
    Capacity 30
    Finish Black Oxide/Hardcoat Anodized
    Grip Standard A2
    Barrel 16.12″
    Stock M4-style
    Twist 1:9″ RH
    Overall Length 32.75″ – 36.00″
    Weight 7.36 lbs.
    MA & CA Approved No
    Sights None
    MSRP (Price) $1369
    Steve Johnson

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