Looking for a variable-power, high-quality scope for your AR-15? Consider the Mark AR series of rifle scopes from Leupold. These scopes offer extremely clear optics, excellent magnification and the durability you need when taking a rifle into the field.
SIG SAUER, Inc. combines the ingenuity of SIG SAUER GmbH in Germany and Swiss Arms AG in Switzerland. Long known for producing superior firearms, SIG SAUER has announced that it will begin production of the SIG SAUER 551-A1 as the civilian version of the SG 551 that is currently being used by the Swiss Army.
The SIG551-A1 is a semi-auto version of the SG 551 that is American-built. The rifle uses an adjustable gas piston to operate a rotating bolt. The 2-point gas piston system allows for a cleaner, cooler shooting rifle, and promises long service life with reliable operation.
Ruger announced a new piston-driven AR-15 rifle: the Ruger SR-556. Â Announced at the NRA convention, the SR-556 is a completely new line for Ruger, and part of an obvious effort to redefine the company.
The SR-556 has a host of quality features, the most significant of which is the two-stage piston system. Â But, in a market that seems to have an overwhelming number of AR-15 makers, will the SR-556 be interesting enough to survive?
The “black rifle” market is clearly hot, as AR-15’s have been selling extremely well throughout the United States. Â Some manufacturers have stated that orders are backlogged six months or more. Â Bringing a new AR-style gun into the market now may be good timing for Ruger, as a scarcity of all AR rifles may push more customers intoÂ their rifles.
Let’s take a look at some of the features of the SR-556.
A few days ago, a photo leaked of a possible new tactical version of the Ruger Mini-14.Â At the time, I stated that it looked like a Mini-14 with the ATI stock on it.Â Well, that is exactly what it is.
Ruger was showing the “new” Mini-14 at the 2009 Media Day at the Range.Â According to the Ruger rep, ATI is manufacturing the Strikeforce stock with the Ruger emblem and shipping them to Ruger, where the Mini-14 is assembled and shipped to dealers.Â According to the rep, that’s it: no other new features or items that you wouldn’t get by ordering your own ATI Strikeforce stock and putting it onto a Runger Mini-14.
The Mini-14/20CF is finished in matte black and fitted with the ATI stock.Â This stock has a quad rail fore and an adjustable, side-folding buttstock.Â It is a nice set-up and feels solid.Â The folks at Ruger say these are already shipping and are already on some dealers shelves.Â The MSRP is $872.
I’ve had several people recently inquire about the availability of aftermarket stocks for the Ruger Mini-14.Â Specifically, they were interested in tactical style stocks for the Mini-14.Â There are two Mini-14 stocks I suggest people consider if they are looking for something more tactical for their Ruger: the TAPCO and the ATI stocks.
TAPCO is a company based in Kennesaw, GA, that has been involved in the firearms industry for many years now.Â I recall stopping into their offices back during the Clinton years and buying SKS stripper clips from them when I still lived and worked in that area.Â The TAPCO people are good folks.
TAPCO manufactures a Mini-14 replacement stock called the FUSION system.Â The FUSION system is a complete stock replacement that gives the owner a M4 style, adjustable buttstock, SAW-style pistol grip, and a Picatinny rail on the top and the bottom of the barrel cover.Â Other nice features about the FUSION system include the pistol grip has a storage compartment, the lower rail has a removable cover, the system is available in black, dark earth, and olive drab colors, and the system works with the Mini-14 in .223 or 6.8 SPC plus the Mini-30.Â MSRP is $129.99 and is worth every penny.
Advanced Technology, Inc. (ATI) manufactures glass-filled, injection-molded stocks for a wide variety of firearms. ATI recently introduced the Ruger Mini-14 Strikeforce Package, which gives your Mini-14 a definite tactical look and feel.
The Strikeforce gives the Mini-14 four Picatinny rails on the forend of the stock and molded inserts to cover them when they are not in use.Â The Strikeforce also features a folding, six-position adjustable buttstock that can store batteries in the tube. The stock has a pistol grip and a removable/adjustable 3/8″ cheekrest.
The Strikeforce MSRP is less expensive than the TAPCO at only $109, but only comes in black.