The New Ruger SR-556 Takedown AR15 Rifle

Ruger SR-556 Takedown Rifle

Ruger SR-556 Takedown Rifle

New to Ruger’s line of SR-556 rifles, is the new Ruger SR-556 Takedown AR15 rifle.  We feel that this new “takedown” rifle may be a unique option for hunters who travel into the back country to hunt game.   Weighing in at 7.6 pounds, without optics, this AR15 is a bit on the heavy side.  But, having the ability to break it down and store it in a backpack, or small case for transport, makes this rifle a strong contender for those who like compact and portable.   For those looking to hunt big game, while on the move in the back country, this may be a great choice.  However, with the suggested retail price at $2049.00, it may be a tough price to swallow for your average hunter.  There is also a .300 AAC Blackout barrel kit available to quickly change calibers.

Another Close-up of the Removable Barrel Assembly

Another Close-up of the Removable Barrel Assembly

Here are the specs of the new SR-556 Takedown rifle:

Stock: Black Synthetic, Collapsible
Finish: Manganese Phosphate / Hardcoat Anodized
Sights: Folding Iron Sights
Height: 7.75″
Barrel Length: 16.1″
Overall Length: 32.75″ – 36″
Width: 2.5″
Weight: 7.6 lbs.
Twist: 1:9″ RH
Grooves: 6
Length of Pull: 11.1″ – 14.4″
Capacity: 30
Thread Pattern: 1/2″-28
Suggested Retail: $2049.00
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Close-up of the Removable Barrel Assembly

Close-up of the Removable Barrel Assembly

Features (from the Ruger.com website):

  • The takedown barrel is removed from the upper receiver by simply moving the slider bar towards the breech, rotating the barrel and pulling it free – no tools required. Installation is simpler yet – just slide the barrel into the upper and twist until it locks. The takedown mechanism provides a repeatable point of impact.
  • MSR shooters that desire a larger cartridge will be excited to find that a replaceable barrel kit chambered in 300 AAC Blackout is available on ShopRuger.com. This range-ready barrel’s headspace is set at the factory and comes complete with a metal flip-up elevation & windage adjustable front sight and two, 30-round metal magazines marked with “300 AAC BLACKOUT” to ensure easy differentiation.
  • Ruger® patented chrome-plated, two-stage piston with multi-stage regulator provides a cleaner, cooler running, reliable firearm with superior operating endurance. The two-stage piston provides a smooth power delivery stroke to the bolt carrier.
  • The Ruger® Elite 452™ AR trigger is a two-stage trigger that offers a smooth, crisp, 4.5 lb. trigger pull. The Ruger Elite 452™ features a full-strength hammer spring for consistent primer ignition and a lightweight hammer that enables a 30% faster lock time over standard MSR triggers.
  • With front and rear folding iron sights, the SR-556® Takedown is ready to go to the range right out the box. The front sight is both elevation & windage adjustable, meaning that when you swap barrels, the zero stays with the barrel.
  • The lower receiver is fitted with the Magpul® MOE grip and MOE SL collapsible buttstock on the mil-spec buffer tube. With a length of pull ranging between 11.1″-14.4″ the fit can be perfect for most any shooter.
  • Precision-rifled, chrome-lined, cold hammer-forged Mil-Spec 41V45 chrome-moly-vanadium steel barrel ensures accuracy and longevity. A Ruger® flash suppressor is provided and the ½”-28 threaded barrel allows for standard muzzle accessories to be installed.
  • Supplied with three Magpul PMAG® 30-round magazines (a lightweight 556 NATO magazine).
  • Also includes a rugged, ballistic nylon case; three rail covers and lock.
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