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.