American Rifleman | Ruger AR-556: A Top-Selling Semi-Auto Rifle in 2020

by Guy J. Sagi –
Wednesday March 10, 2021

Ruger has a long tradition of manufacturing high quality firearms at a fair price. Boost performance with the longevity expectations enthusiasts have come to expect, and it’s an unbeatable combo that will put your guns at or near the top of an annual sales list.

Last year, the company’s AR-556 ranked second among semi-automatic rifles on It’s a slight decline in stature since late 2019 – when it was the first – but the booming firearm sales pace of 2020 shows that the total number of vehicles sold has still increased, probably by a wide margin.

The Ruger AR-556 has been in the top 10 list since 2015. The MSRP for a standard version is $ 799 – the same price as last year if you wonder. There are three versions of this family of rifles, and there is no shortage of options in each.

Standard models are all housed in the 5.56 NATO. Two ships with 30-round magazines and another pair have state-of-the-art versions with a capacity of 10 cartridges. The barrel length is 16.10 inches, and one model comes without a flash hider or barrel thread for purchase in more restrictive conditions. The rifle has a relative humidity of 1: 8 inches and the most expensive model in this line carries Magpul MOE furniture. The MSRP for this is $ 849. All models feature the Ruger Rapid Deploy foldable visor and an A2-style visor at the front. With a glass-filled polymer handguard and a carbine-length gas block, they offer the nimble handling that enthusiasts expect from a modern sports rifle.

Additional chambers are available in the Ruger MPR line with the Ruger Elite 452 AR trigger. The drain weight in the two-stage trigger is 4.5 lbs. You can choose chambers from 5.56 NATO, .450 Bushmaster, or .350 Legend. The barrel lengths depend on the cartridge but are between 16.1 “and 18.63”. The standard equipment includes free-floating hand guards, the company’s own muzzle brake with radial connection and the flat-top receiver with Picatinny for optical assembly. MSRPs range from $ 899 to $ 1,099. There’s even a star and stripes flag model ($ 949).

Free-float models are available in 5.56 NATO and .300 blackout. They come with an 11 “aluminum handguard with M-LOK slots. The flat top receiver makes it easy to mount a rifle scope. The barrel length is 16.1” regardless of the chamber at a rifle speed of 1: 8 “RH in 5, 56 and 1: 7 “RH in .300. A government complaint version is also available, and MSRPs for all are $ 819.

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