The new Ruger is here, and it’s an AR! Not just any vanilla AR though, the SR-556 utilizes a gas piston operating system as opposed to the traditional AR operating system. The guys at GunBlast have a pretty good first look at the gun here, and of course you can also check the gun out on Ruger’s website; which by the way is getting hammered right now with hits.
According to Ruger’s website, the gun comes from the factory with the following features:
- 6 Position M4 style stock
- Hogue Pistol Grip
- 3 Magpul 30 round mags (that’s actually pretty cool)
- Troy Industries iron sights (also cool)
- It’s covered in rails (seriously, it’s a railfarm out there)
You get all of these features for an MSRP of $1995, although the actual price on shelves should come out to be a bit lower than that.
The new Ruger SR-556 is a serious entry from Ruger into the AR15 market. By going the “gas piston” route instead of the traditional AR operating system, they’re able to set themselves apart in a market cluttered with AR15 pattern rifles. No word on whether they’re going to just sell an SR-556 upper, however I’ve got my fingers crossed for that!
Update More here.