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Old January 5th, 2017, 07:49 AM   #1
 
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Ar-556 noob!

Just purchased my first, rifle AR-556 and Sig 2022.
Thanks for the warm welcomes in advance.

First. Out of the box, anything (issues) I should be on the look out with my new rifle? I won't try to read every posting out there to get to issues you all know up front...

I love modding and Im looking forward to making MY ultimate AR-556.

I have NO knowledge of Whom does what with Ruger and UPGRADES? Any links would be greatly appreciated. I want a Tactical gun but not tacky.

Looked at the Gun porn forum, some nice gun out there...

One thing I noticed haven't seen many with halo optics? Any reason? Also cantered sights? Thanks again for you WISDOM and guidance.



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Old January 5th, 2017, 08:03 AM   #2
 
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Give the rifle a good cleaning to get all the packing grease and other gunk off of it. Check the bolt to make sure the gas key screws are stake. Check the front sight to make sure both the pins are there and haven't worked themselves out or just loose in general.

As for mods, I free floated my barrel with a Midwest Industries M-Lok handguard plus a Midwest Industries Micro Gas Block. I also swapped out the standard A2 flash hider to a YHM Phantom flashhider.comp. I also didn't like the standard stock so I upgraded to a Magpul CTR-Lock butt stock, I have a basic UTG red/green dot sight that I was given. Can be bought for like 50 bucks on Amazon and is surprisingly high quality and has held its zero through 500+rounds since I mounted it.
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Old January 5th, 2017, 08:18 AM   #3
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Welcome aboard ....and enjoy the new AR.
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Well, I have good news and bad news. The good news is that it is an AR so you have an unlimited number of potential modifications available.

The bad new is that you have an unlimited number of potential modifications available.

The Ruger AR 556 is a nice carbine (I have one) but it is a relatively entry level one. Manufacturers selling ARs at that price point inevitably have to make a few compromises and still be able to turn a profit. There is a school of thought that holds that it is best to leave the AR 556 relatively stock, use it to decide what features it lacks that you would like to have on your AR, and when you have figured that out buy a more expensive AR that has those features and sell the Ruger, or keep it as a backup.

The other school of thought is that since the AR platform is so modular, nearly any aftermarket part that you add to your AR 556 can be transferred to another AR later.

I have made a fair number of modifications to my AR 556 and I will list them for your consideration.

The proprietary flip-up rear sight on the AR 556 works, but is somewhat limited in that it has only a single, small aperture available. I swapped it for a Magpul MBUS flip-up rear sight with dual large and small apertures and an ambidextrous release button that is more versatile.

The trigger on the AR 556 is a bare-bones, single stage, mil-spec trigger. It works but has a relative heavy pull. Many people wind up swapping the stock trigger for an aftermarket trigger, or change out the trigger and hammer springs for reduced power versions. There are many single and two-stage aftermarket trigger options. I wound up going with an AR Stoner enhanced single-stage trigger and a JP Enterprises reduced power spring kit which lightened the trigger pull nicely and smoothed out the break some.

You might want to change out the end plate on your receiver for one that allows attachment of a single point sling, if you think you might want to use a single point sling.

I wound up changing the stock furniture on my AR 556 for a Magpul MOE furniture set in flat dark earth color. If you do choose to swap your forend, make sure you get a carbine length forend, and if you choose to change your stock, get one sized for a mil-spec diameter receiver extension tube (recoil buffer tube) rather than a civilian-sized receiver extension tube. I also added a Magpul M-LOK angled foregrip which places my support hand wrist in a better position.

As for optics, anything that fits on a Picatinny rail will work and the sky is the limit. I am using an inexpensive Bushnell TRS-25 on a UTG .83 inch riser that provides an exact co-witness with my front post sight. I recently shot a few rounds through a custom AR that belonged to a fellow I met at a local range. He had a SIG Romeo 5 red dot sight on his carbine, and I must say I was very impressed with it.

There are many other potential mods available. A lot of AR 556 owners wind up swapping the bolt carrier group or the charging handle, for example.

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Welcome from Western NC. Enjoy the new AR. Here is some stuff I did to mine. Also, be mindful of the advice here about the delta ring. Read through the forum. There is a lot of good stuff here from some knowledgeable folks.

Got my 556 finished.

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Welcome & congrats!

Welcome to the forum and congratulations on your new AR. Get thoroughly familiar with field stripping and cleaning your new "baby". Also important is a good amount of lube- use a good one like Weapons Shield, FP-10, etc. As has been mentioned, if the trigger pull isn't to your liking, there are many options from about $50 to a couple hundred. Changing out trigger groups is usually quite simple. Be safe and have fun! WB
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Welcome from Yavapai County!
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Welcome from Alabama and pblanc nailed it! Go shoot it and have some fun first.
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Wow, there a lot there. But sounds great.

Thank for you advice.
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What does everyone use for ammo?
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Oh by the way, THANK YOU ALL FOR THE WARM WELCOME,
sorry for my lack of manners..
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What does everyone use for ammo?
I've used American Eagle .223 and 5.56, Winchester white box 5.56, PMC .223 and 5.56, MEN 5.56 (German), Independence 5.56 (Israel) and Hornady TAP .223 (self defense rounds). At well over 1,000 rounds I've had zero failures of any kind. My AR556 has been 100% reliable.
I will not use any of the cheap steel case or remanufactured in mine although I'm sure they would function fine.
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I enjoy my AR-556. I used mine as a learning tool. I have never wanted or been interested in the AR platform. I really only bought mine because of Hillary running for Pres. and the potential ban. So I have never handled one before. I bought the AR-556 and started reading and changing parts to get the rifle the way I wanted it. So far I have changed everything except the barrel and the bolt carrier group. I've put a lot of money into it, it would have been cheaper just to have bought an AR with what I was wanting with everything already installed. But that is how I learned about the way it was built and how it works. You will probably do the same thing.

I Love my AR-556 and enjoyed the journey to get the way I like it. Enjoy yours and welcome to the Forum.
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Welcome, Cowboy, and you'll enjoy it here.

Regarding ammo, I've used Federal, Wolf Gold, Freedom Munitions reman, PPU, American Eagle, and others, with no problems. Basically, in my experience, the AR-556 will do well with anything you feed it. I did run a box of Wolf steel case thru it, just to see. No problem, but I can't see making a steady diet of it.

223/5.56 gave me another round to reload, and I've been pleased with the performance of my handloads in the AR-556, too.

Lotsa options. Buy yourself a good rifle carry case and extra mags.
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