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Old May 2nd, 2017, 12:10 PM   #1
 
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New AR 5.56 Should do's

I finally broke down and bought my first AR platform rifle, a Ruger AR 5.56.

What are the top ten "I should" tips ?




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Do you mean top 10 tips prior to shooting.......your question is very broad.

I'm not trying to be an a$$, just trying to figure out where you are coming from.




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Do you mean top 10 tips prior to shooting.......your question is very broad.

I'm not trying to be an a$$, just trying to figure out where you are coming from.




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Mark no offense taken.

I have already stripped and cleaned it, guess what I want would be tips on the AR platform as compared to other systems. I'm a long time shooter and reloader.
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I have already stripped and cleaned it, guess what I want would be tips on the AR platform as compared to other systems. I'm a long time shooter and reloader.
Shoot it, reload, repeat... a lot. Do this before you change anything... figure out what you like and what you would like to change, if anything.
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In my opinion there really are no "tips", its a very simple gun. You're stripped it, cleaned it and reassembled it, time to taker' out to the range.

The only thing I do with my Colt and Ruger is I run them wet, a heavy dose of Ballistol on the BGC after I reassemble them. It really helped with cycling on my circa 1974 Colt and just got carried over to the Ruger.

Some may disagree with that, but I paid for them..........................



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I do like Mark204, after a good cleaning I put a lot of CLR in it, these things seem to run better 'wet'.
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Ditto on the 'just shoot it' comment. Most of them are pretty good guns right out of the box. A few hundred well aimed rounds down range will tell you what you like and/or dislike about it. After that there are about a zillion aftermarket options to make it your own. Personally, I generally keep them stock. I have been known to swap out the wobbly rattle prone adjustable stocks for a fixed stock but that's about the extent of any mods I make. YMMV.

I traded a guy a handgun for a LNIB DelTon. It's configured exactly like my Colt 6920 right down to the OD green MagPul furniture. The only real difference between the two is the DelTon has a mid length gas system. Yes, the twist rate is different and there's no grenade launcher cutout on the DelTon but for all practical purposes they're virtually identical rifles. Shooting them side by side there isn't any real world difference either. I can ring the gong at 100+ meters offhand with iron sights all day long with either rifle and neither one has ever failed to feed, fire or eject. I like my Colt but DelTon, Ruger, S&W and others are selling some really great $500 rifles these days. Get 'em while you can.
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I would take it down and become familiar with how it looks taken down. I only see a pile of parts so I have a diagram of any gun I buy.
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Agree with the others. You have cleaned it, time to shoot it.
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Zero the sights
Buy plenty ammo
Buy plenty magazines
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I think serious defensive carbines need a light. Most other stuff is fluff. Like others have said, shoot it....a lot, have fun.
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Shoot it like you stole it...lol !

Great, great rifle for the money. In my humble opinion the single best upgrade you can do is to replace the stock trigger. Many options out there, but considering what you paid for the AR556, the ALG Combat trigger at $70 is an outstanding choice.

https://algdefense.com/alg-combat-trigger-act.html
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My AR556 has been flawless EXCEPT that the trigger pull was ungodly heavy.
I fixed that easily by installing an AR Stoner Enhanced Trigger Group from Midway USA. You'll need to learn to disassemble and install the trigger group, but there are instructions on you tube to help you out.
Made a big difference in my gun. Trigger pull dropped from over 10 lbs. to about 5 lbs.
You are in luck, it's on sale for $29.95 right now:

https://www.midwayusa.com/product/40...4-single-stage
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Clean, Lube, Shoot

Clean it thoroughly.
Lube well.
Really, just about any quality lube will work fine.
Shoot at least a couple of hundred rounds in stock form.
Rifle will guide you to what you need to enhance.
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