There are so many different firearms out there today that building a complete collection can seem like an impossible task. If you want to perform at your absolute best, you always look for the gun that will suit your particular needs for the task at hand. This way, you can always account for the right size, portability, caliber, etc. Though there are a great many specialized firearms for you to choose from today, sometimes occasions call for a more general weapon instead. A general design gives you flexible applications, allowing you to take those long distance and short range shots equally as well. It can also serve in a variety of situations.
Of the different options out there, there are few firearm designs more versatile than the classic AR-15. Since its introduction, shooters of all varieties have been using this weapon to meet their needs. It offers customization unlike any other weapon out there and gives you plenty of options to fit your particular needs. Whether you are new to the platform or just looking for a low-cost option to work with for your next project, the Ruger AR-556 is an excellent sporting rifle that provides you just what you need to stay on target.
About the Ruger AR-556
Like many AR designs out there today, Ruger made this rifle using 7075-T6 aluminum forging, which provides a great combination of durability and lightweight design. Its bolt is machined from 9310 alloy and is shot peened and pressure tested to guarantee strength, integrity, and reliability. The bolt carrier is also designed with durability in mind, featuring a chrome-plated design and a chrome-plated gas key to go along with it. Naturally, the gas key is staked in place to ensure it doesn’t loosen. Meanwhile, it is treated with a black oxide finish on the bolt exterior to provide great corrosion resistance.
With the barrel, Ruger opted to use cold hammer-forging to ensure the most precise rifling for greater accuracy and longevity. Its M4 feed ramp gives you the reliability you need while the matte black oxide finish reduces glare and provides additional corrosion resistance. Of course, the barrel is topped off with an included Ruger flash suppressor and using a ½”-28 threaded barrel design, you can attach any standard muzzle accessories. To support this accuracy, the gun is outfitted with a single-stage trigger, which provides reliable fire control and keeps your groupings tight.
The standard front sight is elevation adjustable and includes a tool to keep you on target. It also comes standard with a Ruger Rapid Deploy folding rear sight, which allows for windage adjustments and effectively keep you on target quickly. Finally, the system is supported by a six-position telescoping stock, which utilizes a mil-spec buffer tube and offers the performance you need for tactical operations.
Detailed Rifle Specifications
As you would expect from a standard AR rifle, the Ruger AR-556 comes chambered in .556 NATO/.223 Rem and provides a 30-round magazine capacity standard. It uses a 16.1” barrel, which is offered with 6 grooves and a 1:8 right hand twist for superior accuracy. Overall, it measures 8” tall and weighs 6.5 pounds. Of course, since it uses an adjustable stock, its overall length can vary from 32.25” to 35.5”, depending on your configuration.
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While Ruger currently doesn’t offer many different configurations for this model, they have recently started offering different options for the stock. The standard model uses a black synthetic, collapsible stock. This stock can be adjusted so that the overall length ranges from 32.25”-35.5” inches as outlined in the technical specs above. Alternatively, you might prefer a fixed stock, which offers a 34.4” overall length and keeps a consistent position. Depending on your size, one may be preferable over the other.
Whichever you decide to order, Omaha Outdoors carries the latest Ruger AR-556 designs to make sure you can find what you need. Simply place your order below or give us a call directly with any questions. We look forward to serving you and sending your new rifle with haste.