Originally Posted by 5timpy
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.
Originally Posted by Boat Paddle
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.