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Old April 29th, 2017, 05:07 PM   #1
 
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New AR-556 First Impressions

Picked up this new Ruger AR-556 that is factory Cerakoted in Barrett Brown fde. Here are some of my first impressions.



Overall the finish is even and attractive.

I really like the negative Ruger logo on the right side.




Part of my reasons for ordering this are the clean front sight. It is serrated for an anti-glare sight picture.




The rear sight has a single aperture and is flip up. It looks like a Magpul MBUS but not quite.



The Ruger logo is all over this thing. It's on the Hogue grip, the rear sight, the upper receiver, the charging handle. the stock and the hand guards.






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Now, on to some other stuff. There have been a few threads on here about the staking of the bolt carrier. This one is similar to others. An attempt was made to stake these, but not enough.




Here is a comparison shot from some other bcgs I have. The second one from the left has he best staking and is from a factory Spike's Tactical upper. Obviously some are better than others.



The bcg is usually again in that it has a larger cut-out below the tail of the firing pin.



And again that the tail of the bcg is an unusual length. The upper bcg is typical commercial, the middle Ruger AR-556 and the lower a M16 style.
Also of note, the firing pin has a black coating on it.

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Interesting comparisons on the BCGs.

I like the Cerakote and the negative logo as well. Looks pretty good!
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Lastly, the castle nut is NOT staked. My Sig 516 was and it was a bear to remove.


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Now, do I think that these things are a problem? No I don't. I'm well aware that this is an entry level AR and I won't be able to out-shoot the lack of staking. If I do, I know Ruger will take care of it.
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Interesting comparisons on the BCGs.
Yeah, I had never seen one with that kind of cutout before!
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I agree. Should be good to go and Ruger will keeo it running. I'm just interested in the variation between parts and aspects Ruger tweaked a bit. I like your post!
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I agree. Should be good to go and Ruger will keeo it running. I'm just interested in the variation between parts and aspects Ruger tweaked a bit. I like your post!
Thanks.

My biggest question is why they re-designed the barrel nut and delta ring. Seems to me that they could have saved a bit more by using a typical set up rather than using proprietary parts.
I already have another hand guard and some other parts on the way for it!
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I also forgot to mention it has a straight barrel profile (not M4) but has M4 feedramps. Also has Ruger's skinny little flash hider that will get replaced.
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Excellent! How can you not swap parts? The proprietary nut and ring is a strange move. The standard work fine. On the other hand, different isn't always bad...
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Excellent! How can you not swap parts? The proprietary nut and ring is a strange move. The standard work fine. On the other hand, different isn't always bad...
I guess it's cheaper to cast your own out of plastic than to buy someone else's. I originally thought that the "delta" ring was aluminum, because it has that appearance but I just saw a thread about how they're polymer. I'll have to go check it and see what it's actually made of.

Also, I'm planning on dropping in a Ruger 452 MSR trigger. The factory trigger is HEAVY!
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The Ruger BCG is the AR15 tyle with the unshrouded firing pin head.
Which, by the way, is what cocks the hammer causing a burr to form on the firing pin shoulder.
The other two are M16 style BCGs which cover the firing pin and the BCG cocks the hammer.
The Ruger BCG has a black oxide (blued) finish. The other two have a phosphate coating. I find the blued BCG is a little easier to clean.
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[QUOTE=DDelambre;3096889]Now, on to some other stuff. There have been a few threads on here about the staking of the bolt carrier. This one is similar to others. An attempt was made to stake these, but not enough.
Here is a comparison shot from some other bcgs I have. The second one from the left has he best staking and is from a factory Spike's Tactical upper. Obviously some are better than others.
The bcg is usually again in that it has a larger cut-out below the tail of the firing pin.
And again that the tail of the bcg is an unusual length. The upper bcg is typical commercial, the middle Ruger AR-556 and the lower a M16 style.
Also of note, the firing pin has a black coating on it.
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Nice looking rifle buddy, I may have to eventually build an fde rifle. Wait a minute, I already have one, but could use another.

Your points about the rifle I also agree with, don't own one, but have wrenched on a few.
I cannot understand why they did a different handguard retainer. I like the standard version myself better.

I wonder why they have a different profile bolt carrier between the m16, and standard commercial as well. I find that strange.

The unshrouded firing pin seems a weird idea when the shrouded has proven itself reliable many times over.

As for the staked castle nut, I have a bunch that are unstaked and have never moved, desipte being removed and reinstalled several times.

I like the fsb, but curious as to why it attaches over the barrel instead of under as with all other ar rifles. Functional, but a different twist.

The trigger, ah yes, most base rifles have a terrible trigger, but thats an easy fix.

I think ruger did a fair job at a base level rifle. I never thought an ar would cost cheaper than a mini 14 seeing the prices way back in 1998 completely opposite. But now thats true. I just wish ruger would add more emphasis in their stakeholder rifle the mini series.

I hope you enjoy the rifle, and I am sure you will change it for the better, I know your style. Keep us posted, and may the force be with you.

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Here's an update.

I got my Geissele Mark 8 rail this week, as well as their charging handle both in DDC (desert dirt color) so that no two pieces are the same, just like the SCAR. The handguard is a dark fde color and much darker than the rest of the rifle. The charging handle is almost gold in color. Both do a nice touch of contrast.




I also ordered a Troy fixed rear sight in fde to replace the funky foldable plastic Ruger sight since this one will stay open sights.
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Next up is a better trigger. I have a spare mil-spec set lying around that I think I will swap in temporarily until I get a Ruger Elite 452 MSR trigger.
That's all for now folks!
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