I bought mine about a month ago and am very happy with it. For the price, mine was $599, you get a lot of value.would like to hear from owners. I always see the people with an issue, would like to hear the other side of the story.
looks like a pretty well made rifle, and the price is reasonable for an entry level AR.
Ditto, may I suggest that you go with a carry handle made by Colt, BCM, DPMS, or Rock River to insure that you get the proper height to work with your front sight base? I believe Bushmaster makes one that is .40" lower and this can cause issues when sighting it in. I'm not sure what front sight height the UTG or some of the other economy models are made to work with.Goldtop, I'm thinking about buying a carry handle. If I might ask, which one did you buy, and where did you get yours?
I don't intend to bash Bushmaster, but many of the carry handles I've seen on their AR's in stores have not impressed me much. Specifically, the sights seemed to be all loose and wiggly compared to those on competitors' models.Ditto, may I suggest that you go with a carry handle made by Colt, BCM, DPMS, or Rock River to insure that you get the proper height to work with your front sight base? I believe Bushmaster makes one that is .40" lower and this can cause issues when sighting it in. I'm not sure what front sight height the UTG or some of the other economy models are made to work with.
Iowegan, are you trying to tell me my stock AR-556 is not going to shoot cloverleaf groups with Tula ammo at 500 yards?refugeepj, The Ruger AR556 is a short barreled (16.1") M4 style rifle intended for close range use (100 yards or less). Like any other AR-15 type rifle, there's not a part that can't be changed to meet your needs. That said, if you want a longer range rifle or one with match grade accuracy, the AR556 is probably NOT your best choice.
I bought one back in March and put it through its paces. My eyesight is grim so I decided to install a low power scope (Nikon P-223, 3x32) with a set of UGT rings. My first obstacle was the front sight (gas block assembly) so I removed it and installed a low profile gas block. I am very happy with my configuration. It does exactly what it was designed to do, accuracy is decent, and it functions exceptionally well. I do like to shoot from a bench rest or in the prone position so the included 30 round magazine was a pain. I bought a couple 10 round Magpul magazines. I also bought a military type "hasty" sling and attached a QD socket to the gas block.
Something to note: Buy a rifle in the configuration closest to what you want the end product to look like. If you buy a 16" model and later decide you want a 20" ... that can be done quite easily by buying and installing a different barrel, gas tube, and handguard. That can easily total to 200 bucks or more.
In conclusion, if a M4 style rifle is what you want, the Ruger AR556 is a great choice for the $$$. Here's my chosen configuration .... certainly not everyone's cup of tea:
Iowegan, I'm not sure where you got this number, but it certainly goes against what the military teaches... Max effective range is 500 yards for a point target and 600 yards for an area target, with max range over 3000 meters.refugeepj, The Ruger AR556 is a short barreled (16.1") M4 style rifle intended for close range use (100 yards or less).
I thought the same when I got mine. Good fit and finish. Made well.I'll add that the fit and especially finish of my ar556, is as good or better than any of my other 6 AR rifles from brands such as Colt, S&W, Adams Arms, Bushmaster and a couple home builds. Not that the others are in any way bad, just my particular AR556, is well finished rifle.