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Old 03-29-2019, 04:22 AM   #1
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Ruger AR 556 Pistol

Yesterday was a pretty good day, considering I went to the dentist for a crown. How can you turn getting a crown into a good day??? Buy a gun afterwards. I have been wanting to see the Springfield Saint Edge Pistol, so I stopped into the gun store, and there was one on the shelf. My first interest was the new brace. I was the only customer in the store so I spent a good while handling the pistol and tinkering with the brace. I was surprised to see that I didn’t like it. To me, extending and collapsing the brace required too much busy work. It felt awkward. I’m sure with enough time a person could become very efficient with it, but I didn’t care for it. The pistol was a quality product. However, the $1400+ price tag was a bit much, especially after a root canal and crown. I asked what other AR pistols he had, and he pulls down an Adam Arms and Daniel Defense, both of which were priced like the Edge. Then he pulled down the Ruger AR-556 Pistol. There was nothing unique about it. It was a bare boned example of simplicity. It had the adjustable SBA 3 brace (which I like), 10.5” barrel length (which I like), and a quality build. And, the price was $714 (which I liked). So, I bought it. When I got home I cleaned it up (it was very oily) greased and oiled to my liking and replaced the trigger. I am selling my Saint Pistol because the barrel is too short for my suppressor. I had to remove my Gisselle trigger and install the factory trigger in the Saint….then remove the Ruger trigger and install the Gisselle. It was a perfect evening, along with a shot of Crown Royal over ice, sitting at my work bench and peace and quiet. My function tests were fine on both pistols. Today I will shoot both to ensure they are working fine. Then I hope to put the Ruger on the bench and see how it shoots.
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Old 03-29-2019, 05:13 AM   #2
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Interesting concept on the pistol. Looks like it would be a nasty home defense weapon. I know zero about the AR platform but looks like you have to mount optics or a laser on it?? Congrats on the new firearm and good luck with the dental work.
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Old 03-29-2019, 07:48 AM   #3
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I mounted a Leupold red dot. AR's are a lot of fun. I'll stick to a pistol inside for home defense. If trouble were to be outside then my choice would be an AR. Everyone has their own ideas, but that is mine.
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Old 03-29-2019, 02:02 PM   #4
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Very cool gun--congrats. Man, I wouldn't want to shoot one of those inside without a suppressor, but sounds like you already have that covered.
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Old 03-30-2019, 06:28 AM   #5
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Very sweet indeed! Those type of AR pistols are oodles of fun to shoot. Plus the red dot is the way to go for an optic. Well done.
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Old 03-30-2019, 06:33 AM   #6
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I know that technically it's a pistol; but to me pistols are something you carry in a holster. I guess in modern times, Josh Randall would have carried this.........
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Old 03-30-2019, 06:52 AM   #7
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I'm moving right along. I've installed the Giselle SDE trigger, Leupold LCO red dot, AAC suppressor, Magpul Mag-assist device, BCM charging handle, and some M-LOK covers. I've ordered an ERGO grip, ladder rail covers, and a Magpul endplate with QD attachment. I spent some time on the bench. My two best 3 shot groups were 3/4" and 1 1/2" at 50 yards. But I'm not doing that consistently. I believe the problem is 71 year old eyes with astigmatism.
Tinkering with these things is the most fun I've had since taking my last Viagra......

Gotta go do some plinking.......
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Old 04-05-2019, 12:22 PM   #8
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What a great gun. I am still getting some more gear and looking into a few things before I feel fully stocked.
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Old 04-09-2019, 12:31 PM   #9
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I want to change the bolt carrier group to one treated with NP3, for easier cleaning. In theory it should also make for smoother operation.
I called Ruger to see if they offered one. The lady said no, so I questioned her on whether their BCM is mil-spec. I explained I had found one for sale by Wilson Combat that is NP3 treated and I wanted to know if Ruger had done anything proprietary to their BCM that I should be aware of. Once we finished this conversation, she said I was the first person to call in on the AR556 pistol and that this gun was a new introduction and “the engineer’s ‘baby’”. She asked what I had done to it and said she was taking notes. She seemed quite excited and said she couldn’t wait to go talk to the engineer. I must admit I got excited too. So much so that I slipped off into the woods with the gun and my dog, roaming through a swamp and managed to shoot up 40 rounds. By the time I got back to the house I had broke out in a sweat. It was a great day.
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I have been very happy with the Ruger AR556, until………….
After 300+ rounds I had failure to feed problems, several times. I changed ammo, magazines, bolt carrier group and I still got failure to feed between the second shot up to the 19th.
I contacted Ruger and they said to send it back with the magazine. I returned it on April 15 and I will get it back tomorrow…..that’s 12 days including shipping. I would call that AMAZING. I called Ruger to see what they did. They replaced the bolt carrier group and the gas block. They fired 90 rounds with no problems. There was no mention of any costs. I will know more when UPS gets here tomorrow. Just thought I would share the anticipation with y’all.
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I have been very happy with the Ruger AR556, until………….
After 300+ rounds I had failure to feed problems, several times. I changed ammo, magazines, bolt carrier group and I still got failure to feed between the second shot up to the 19th.
I contacted Ruger and they said to send it back with the magazine. I returned it on April 15 and I will get it back tomorrow…..that’s 12 days including shipping. I would call that AMAZING. I called Ruger to see what they did. They replaced the bolt carrier group and the gas block. They fired 90 rounds with no problems. There was no mention of any costs. I will know more when UPS gets here tomorrow. Just thought I would share the anticipation with y’all.
That's a pretty quick round trip.

Makes you wonder if those parts were bad from the factory, or they failed.
Or maybe the gas block just wasn't aligned with the hole, and gradually clogged up.
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Old 04-26-2019, 04:14 AM   #12
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I'm thinking it was an issue with the gas block. If so I can't understand replacing the BCG. I tried that myself. I'm hoping there will be an explanation with the gun.
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Old 04-26-2019, 08:35 AM   #13
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I'm so annoyed with UPS I could scream. I received 5 e-mails for my delivery time:
3:45+
2:00+
2:00+
3:45+
11:00+
I never saw the last email since every time showed delivery to be in the afternoon.
Wouldn't you know the driver showed up at 11:39 and I was in the shop. If only he had blown the horn. I guess customers are supposed to sit at the front door and wait all day on packages requiring a signature. I called them, asked the lady where she was and the lady said she was in the south Pacific. She said someone would call me in an hour from the central warehouse and verify that I can pick up the package tonight. That is a one hour drive, each way, for me. Arrrgggghhhhhhh!!
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So with all the goodies what's the price tag? I like it but would like to know what it takes to get it where you have it.
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What a crazy day. I was told I could pick up the gun between 6:45 and 7:00pm. I decided to drive to the 'city' and have supper first. After a fine dinner of grilled shrimp I headed to the UPS warehouse. Knowing I would be early I stopped for gas. A UPS truck pulled up in the lane next to me and I looked at the driver and recognized him as MY driver. I told him who I was and he said he had been at my house and when he heard from his office that I had called he offered to go back to my house. His boss told him NO. I was able to sign for the gun in the gas station and saved 45 minutes of my time. Apparently I was in the shop looking for some long screws to fix my back door when he knocked on my front door. We had a good laugh and handshake and went on our way. I took a quick look at the gun and put it in the safe. I'm picking up my runnin' buddy at 7am to ride to Brunswick to buy some of the large white roe shrimp coming in. We buy them off the boat for $ 5 per pound. I expect to buy 40 pounds, freeze 'em up and have a mess for the year.

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Let me think Dave. This is off the top of my head.
Gun $714
GeisseleTrigger 225
Leupold LCO 650
Advanced Armament Suppressor 795
QD disconnect 35
Misc 150
Total………. $2600
Mind you, cheaper parts are available. I have no children, so there is no one to leave my inheritance to except my wife, and she doesn’t care what I buy as long as I love her. And I love her dearly.
Besides, I can always sell it later.....if the Democrats don't take over.
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Thanks.
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Old 04-27-2019, 03:13 PM   #18
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I managed to take this pistol for a test drive since getting it back from Ruger. I did nothing "mechanical" to ensure nothing was changed from the factory "repair." I added some rail grips and the suppressor. After 10 rounds I had the same failure. Do not buy this gun unless of course you want to buy mine.
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Update. Not to be one who gets discouraged, I looked over the AR one more time this morning. It was getting late last and I had grabbed an old magazine. An old metal one from somewhere in the past. I decided to use the Magpul PMag Gen3 that I had sent to Ruger with the gun. I fired 30 rounds of the same .556 ammo without any failures. This looks encouraging. I'll continue to shoot today and hope for the best.
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Update. Not to be one who gets discouraged, I looked over the AR one more time this morning. It was getting late last and I had grabbed an old magazine. An old metal one from somewhere in the past. I decided to use the Magpul PMag Gen3 that I had sent to Ruger with the gun. I fired 30 rounds of the same .556 ammo without any failures. This looks encouraging. I'll continue to shoot today and hope for the best.
That's good to hear. Sometimes you've just got to sleep on it.
I've had to bend the lips on those metal mags a few times to get them to work.
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