Ruger AR-556: Best-Selling AR-15 of 2019 |
The best-selling semi-automatic rifle of 2019 on Gunbroker.com was the Ruger AR-556, which improved from fifth in 2018, failed to reach the medal position, it was one or more of the company’s more recent launches that did pushed it off the podium.
Ruger introduced this AR platform rifle with direct gas application to enthusiasts in 2014. There are currently three different groups in the line, each with a variety of versions. The standard, free-float handguard, and MPR families, if you will, have MSRPs starting at $ 799, $ 819, and $ 899, respectively. Combined with Ruger’s American quality and reliability, it leaves little doubt as to why the rifle is regularly on the high volume sales list every year.
Don’t let the name “Standard” fool you. All models in the group are chambered in 5.56 NATO and have the company’s medium-contour, cold-hammered 16.1-inch barrel. Ruger’s Rapid Deploy foldable visor is standard. It is laterally adjustable and the A2 style visor at the front allows the owner to change the height if necessary. Gas block at the carabiner-length point, glass-filled polymer handguard, and more make it a budget-friendly option. State-of-the-art versions with reduced magazine capacity are also available.
The free float line is available in 5.56 NATO and .300 blackout. Each has a flat top receiver for easy visual installation and an 11-inch aluminum free-float handguard with M-LOK slots at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions. If that’s not enough to mount all of your accessories, there are additional slots on the sloping surfaces near the muzzle.
MPRs add the two-stage Ruger Elite 452 AR trigger with a crisp, 4.5-pound trigger pull. You can choose between versions 5.56 NATO, .350 Legend and .450 Bushmaster. The barrel lengths range from 16.1 to 18.63 inches, depending on the chambering. Everyone wears Ruger’s highly regarded muzzle brake design and free-floating handguard.
There are even pistol versions of the AR-556, but that falls into a different category when it comes to 2019 gun sales.