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Old January 9th, 2016, 07:43 PM   #1
 
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new handguard design on SR-556 Takedown

Came across some pictures of a SR-556 Takedown that had a different handguard than the original quad rail. It appears to be a keymod. So far I haven't found any more info on this not even from Ruger's website.

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Old February 23rd, 2017, 01:21 PM   #2
 
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Question Doe the takedown model make sense ???

Can someone who owns a takedown model advise if its actually worth the extra $ ? It seems a bit gimicky to me as in my mind all AR's are in effect 'takedown' rifles due to the easy separation of upper and lower.

I understand that this model makes barrel changes easier, but for the price difference why not just buy a different upper ? Also with changing barrels won't you have the hassle of needing to re-sight in the optic anyway ? Whereas if you changed the whole upper you could keep the same optic and not need to sight it in, so at first sight I really don't understand the point of this model ???

I want to like this 'takedown' model because in general I really like rugers, BUT I really don't get the point of this model ??? Can someone enlighten me ???
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Came across some pictures of a SR-556 Takedown that had a different handguard than the original quad rail. It appears to be a keymod. So far I haven't found any more info on this not even from Ruger's website.
It appears that ruger is following the latest trend and their new models have the keymod. If thats so, than the only place to get it would be from them. Other manufacturers are not likely to make one since ruger already makes it, and it will only work on that rifle, so their is no various rifles it will work with, which in turn limits marketability. Best bet contact them and inquire about buying one.

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Can someone who owns a takedown model advise if its actually worth the extra $ ? It seems a bit gimicky to me as in my mind all AR's are in effect 'takedown' rifles due to the easy separation of upper and lower.

I understand that this model makes barrel changes easier, but for the price difference why not just buy a different upper ? Also with changing barrels won't you have the hassle of needing to re-sight in the optic anyway ? Whereas if you changed the whole upper you could keep the same optic and not need to sight it in, so at first sight I really don't understand the point of this model ???

I want to like this 'takedown' model because in general I really like rugers, BUT I really don't get the point of this model ??? Can someone enlighten me ???
Well I do not own one but I will give my opinion for what its worth. I am not sold on the takedown since the normal ar is already a sort of takedown design.

I do not know of any guys that have seperate barrels for theres, and its not belt fed so it doesn't need a quick change like a m240 bravo. It would also complicate things if switching calibers as you stated with optics needing to be rezeroed. Having a 5.56, 300blk, and 6.8spc barrel if its available for it would be nice, but could also lead to disaster loading the wrong round in the wrong barrel.

The positive. Being able to access the piston assembly for cleaning, since the gas is vented under the handguard is great for maintenance, and keeping it clean.

The negative, most people do not swap barrels.
The gun is not much more compact than a standard ar broken down. Its cheaper to buy a direct impingement rifle, and build or buy a second upper with no resetting optics or irons.

It may be a great rifle, and many are happy with it. I am a big fan of rugers, and would love a sr762.

If you want it buy it, if not settle for another option.
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Hello

I have this gun and love it but for me it fits a very specific purpose. I run mine with a 300 blackout barrel and an Acog with the 300 black reticle. I'm able to shoot both subs and supers with one scope. I'm not a big fan of 556 but still wanted to have an AR chambered in it. So for me I get my piston driven AR in 300 black with the bonus of a 556 barrel if I ever want to go that route. When I bought it there were not any 300 Blackout "piston" AR's.

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The other reason I wanted this gun was it is just a bit more concealable than normal AR's not by much but enough for what I needed. So to each his own. It really works for me.
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Well...

I have the latest version of this rifle with both 556 and AAC300 barrels. This is the second copy I have, the first was "injured beyond repair" by over-pressured rounds of Independence 556 ammo. Overall not really satisfied with the consistency of this rifle grouping out at 100 yds. It does not print consistently with numerous 556, 223 and AAC300 rounds of different weights all from reliable, high quality manufacturers.

The rifle is now back to Ruger for the second time for this issue. To answer the OP question it has a keymod rail system and the barrel twist for 556 differs from the original model the second generation being 1:8" RH for 556/223 which should stabilize a variety of ammo (not in my copy).

I have always been a fan of Ruger and am hopeful this issue will be resolved but if I had to make this purchase again would consider a non-takedown gas piston at a similar pricepoint with guaranteed MOA accuracy at 100 yds. For now I remain hopeful Ruger will make this one right.

Best regards to all!
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I own the Ruger 556 takedown and have the 300 AAC barrel. I have an Aimpoint Micro H2 red dot on it. I shoot 3 gun and 2 gun competition 556/223 and 300 AAC respectively. I zeroed the rifle at 100 yards firing 556 factory and reloads, then shot 300 AAC factory and reloads at 100 yards. 556 is Point of Aim, 300 AAC is about 2 inches low at 100 yards, consistently. I have not touched the zero since, about 1000 rounds ago for 300 AAC and maybe 700 rounds of 223/556. I have 2 AR10, so I call the SR 556 takedown my AR 15 1/2. For me it works.
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