Two short months before the annual SHOT Show, Ruger announced the release of the new SR-762 rifle. Maintaining the overall look and feel of the AR platform, the new Ruger SR-762 rifle is chambered in 7.62×51 (aka .308 Win) and uses a piston system similar to the company’s original SR-556 rifle. The rifle appears to have a number of desirable features, plus ships with a number of accessories.
The two-stage piston is chrome plated and uses a four-position regulator to tune the gun to the ammunition selection. Like the SR-556 rifle, the regulator can be turned “off,” requiring the manual operation of the bolt. This would allow shooters to achieve maximum noise reduction when using a sound suppressor.
Ruger uses a fluted, 16.12″ barrel on the SR-762. The barrel has a 1:10 RH twist, and is threaded for any accessory using a 5/8″-24 thread. The rifle comes with a SR-556/Mini-14 style flash suppressor, which can quickly be replaced with a flash or sound suppressor of your choice. The barrel is chrome lined, and uses 41V45 steel.
The gun comes standard with folding iron sights that can be used as-is or as a backup to an optic. A Picatinny rail runs the length of the upper receiver and down the handguard, which allows the use of nearly any optic without having to remove the folding sights.
Speaking of the handguard, the vented unit allows for the attachment of additional rails at the 3-, 6-, and 9-o’clock positions. Two rail sections ship with the rifle, as do three rail covers that have finger grooves in them.
Ruger ships the rifle with three, 20-round Magpul magazines. In an era of magazine shortages, it is pleasantly surprising to see the company ship three mags with the gun.
The SR-762 has a Houge Monogrip pistol grip and a six-position, M-4 type adjustable stock. The gun also ships with a soft-sided case.
Ruger SR-762 Rifle Specifications
|standard magazine capacity||20 rounds, Magpul|
|number of included magazines||three|
|length of pull||11.5" to 14.75"|
|over all length||34.75" to 38"|
|weight (unloaded)||8.6 pounds|
|stock||six position adjustable|
|sights||folding iron sights|
|pistol grip||Hogue Monogrip|
|finish||manganese phosphate/hardcoat anodized|
The $2195 price tag isn’t anything to complain about. I would expect these rifles to sell for less than $2k, which isn’t bad for an AR-10 like rifle with a proven piston system.