Ruger® AR-556® Standard Autoloading Rifle Model 8500



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Affordable, American-made Modern Sporting Rifle with the rugged reliability that you have come to expect from Ruger.

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The Ruger® AR-556®: A Standard in Autoloading Rifles

Welcome to our deep dive into the Ruger® AR-556® Standard Autoloading Rifle, a firearm that has captured the attention and admiration of shooting enthusiasts across the globe. Whether you’re a seasoned shooter or someone curious about entering the world of firearms, the Ruger AR-556 offers a blend of reliability, performance, and accessibility that’s hard to beat. Let’s embark on a journey to explore what makes this rifle a preferred choice for many.

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What is the Ruger AR-556?

The Ruger AR-556 is not just any rifle; it’s a testament to Ruger’s commitment to quality, durability, and precision. At its core, the AR-556 is a semi-automatic rifle designed for the modern shooter. It draws on the classic AR-15 platform but introduces Ruger’s unique twists to enhance its performance and user experience.

Key Features and Specifications

Strong on performance and versatility, the AR-556 boasts a direct impingement system, a cold hammer-forged barrel for exceptional accuracy, and a durable synthetic stock that stands up to any challenge. Its specifications include a 16.10-inch barrel length, a 30-round magazine capacity (where legal), and a weight that balances stability with ease of maneuverability.

Ease of Use and Handling

One of the AR-556’s standout features is its user-friendly design. The rifle’s ergonomic grip, adjustable stock, and overall balance make it a pleasure to handle, whether you’re at the range for the day or out in the field.

Versatility and Applications

Whether you’re into sports shooting, hunting, or home defense, the Ruger AR-556 adapts to your needs. Its reliability across various scenarios is a key reason for its widespread popularity.

Customization Options

The AR-556 is a modder’s dream, with a world of accessories and customization options at your fingertips. From optics and sights to grips and muzzle devices, making this rifle your own is part of the fun.

Maintenance and Care

Keeping your AR-556 in top shape is straightforward, thanks to its design and the quality of materials used. A regular cleaning routine and occasional check-ups will ensure it lasts a lifetime.

Safety Features

Ruger has equipped the AR-556 with safety features that inspire confidence. The rifle includes a safety selector, a bolt lock mechanism, and a magazine disconnect feature, emphasizing safe handling and operation.

Comparing the Ruger AR-556 to Other Rifles

When stacked against its competitors, the Ruger AR-556 shines for its balance of quality, affordability, and performance. It’s a rifle that can go toe-to-toe with higher-priced models without missing a beat.

The Legal Landscape

Understanding the legalities surrounding the ownership and use of the AR-556 is crucial. This section navigates the complex regulations to keep you informed and compliant.

Purchasing Advice

Looking to make the AR-556 yours? We’ll guide you through selecting the right model, finding reputable dealers, and making a purchase that fits your needs and budget.

Ruger AR 556 Specs:

  •  FAMILY:AR-556 Rifle Series
  •  MODEL:AR-556
  •  TYPE:Rifle
  •  ACTION:Semi-Auto
  •  FINISH:Turquoise Blue Cerakote
  •  STOCK/FRAME:Collapsible / Folding Stock
  •  STOCK/GRIPS:Hogue Grip/Turquoise Furniture
  •  SPC FEATURE:Threaded Barrel Model
  •  WEIGHT:6.5 lbs.
  •  CALIBER/GAUGE:223 Rem | 5.56 NATO
  •  CAPACITY:30 1
  •  # OF MAGS:1
  •  MAGAZINE DESC:30 rd. Magpul PMAG
  •  BARREL:16.1″
  •  RATE-OF-TWIST:1-in-8″
  •  SIGHTS:Adjustable Ruger Rapid Deploy
  •  ADDL INFO:Flat Top M4 Design
  •  ADDL INFO:Milled F-Height Gas Block
  •  ADDL INFO:Improved Trigger Reach Grip