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Old March 16th, 2017, 06:53 AM   #1
 
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Just bought a new AR-556

I just purchased a new AR-556 from Ruger and upon getting it home and opening the box i noticed that the front sight had what look like fingerprints in the metal. I havent seen this before and was wondering if this was common with these particular Ruger models?

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Old March 16th, 2017, 07:21 AM   #2
 
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The new rifle you bought is covered in machine oil. So it doesn't rust the marks that are on the front sight are from the packaging material. The steel just picked up a imprint of the packaging. --It should just buff off with a lightly oiled rag. There is heavy oily grease in the bore. Remove that before shooting. Welcome to the forums I'm from the middle of Iowa
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Ruger CS told me the AR556 is ready to shoot out of the box.
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Thanks for the welcome.I did attempt to buff it out with some Rem Oil but the marks remain. I did notice a couple nicks on it as well like the photo attached. Im going to be taking it to the range the weekend so i appreciate the heads up about the grease in the bore.

Wonder if maybe this particular gun was just mishandled by someone at some point along the way.
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I purchased an AR556 myself this week (my first AR). Before shooting it (today), I removed the upper and completely cleaned the bore and removed and cleaned the bolt carrier assembly. That was a great education for a newbie to AR's in and of itself. The rifle was coated with a surprising amount of grease/oil that could have impacted the reliability at the range. For example, the rotation of the bolt was extremely stiff until it was cleaned out. I didn't have a lot time this morning and went through 4 magazines without a single hick up. From what I've read, it's very important to clean these rifles before firing them to avoid issues. Have fun!
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Definitely take it apart and clean and lube it. That stuff on there from the factory is not meant to be left on as "gun-lube". Tons of great stuff on YouTube on taking it apart and putting it back together if you need it.

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Most Ruger AR-556 rifles come packed in preservative glop that is NOT a lubricant. Is is a really good idea to remove that stuff before taking the rifle to the range. Shooting it straight out of the box may work, but it's not a good idea.
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You have a few defects- always good to check over the firearm really well before filling out paperwork. The upper receiver can be touched up easily. The FSB could be painted. Probably not worth the hassle. I would shoot it and enjoy.
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I did look it over, but i left the store due to them " being backed up on background checks" for about 45 min until they called and said to come get it. Since i had previously bought a new gun from there i didn't check the gun again when i picked it up. Later that day i took it out of the box and noticed the defects. Maybe i missed the multiple defects in the store that i immediately noticed upon taking it out of the box... either way its mine now and i will definitely enjoy shooting it.

That being said, what would be the best way to touch up the receiver? I do have a sharpie handy.
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A sharpie would be a temporary solution. I use these to touch up firearms. It's not always a perfect match tho.

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Ruger CS told me the AR556 is ready to shoot out of the box.
ALWAYS clean a new gun before it is fired the first time. Period.
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ALWAYS clean a new gun before it is fired the first time. Period.
THIS!!!!!

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There is some advice on this for new AR556 users: AR-556 advice for new owners.
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