Post-Obama-is-coming! Obama-is-coming! Now that he’s come and home defense sporting assault rifles are still for sale, black rifle mania has subsided. Gunmakers are fighting to carve up the way less manic market. In fact, there’s a black gun glut at the moment; prices are soft. But the number of people opting for the AR platform—as opposed to Ye Olde Bolt-Action rifle—is much larger than it was ‘afore. The AR is America’s rifle, and America’s gunmakers want a big ole’ piece of that pie. Enter the Ruger SR-556/6.8 . . .
It’s a new chambering in the Ruger’s SR-556 two-stage, piston-driven, AR-Style rifle. Given that the 556 fires a 5.56 round, you mighta thunk they’d a called it the SR-680. But the mysteries of corporate marketing are best left to people who can withstand five-hour meetings in which sweet FA gets decided. Anyway . . .
The new SR-556/6.8 brings the power and downrange authority of the 6.8 SPC cartridge in a two-stage piston rifle that runs cooler and cleaner than traditional gas-driven, AR-style rifles. Packaged with one five-round magazine and two twenty-five round magazines, the SR-556/6.8 is an ideal hunting rifle for those who appreciate the versatility of the customizable and ergonomic AR-style platform.
And for those who don’t! And God knows I love euphemisms. “Authority” is so much better than “killing power.” Unless you need killing power. Or want to hunt deer or antelope with 556 ammo in Wyoming. ‘Cause you can’t ’cause it’s illegal.
Here’s the here’s what you get bit:
A chrome-lined, cold hammer forged barrel provides accuracy and longevity, Troy Industries Folding BattlesightsTM, Quad Rail and rail covers add considerable value to the package, as does the Hogue® Monogrip®, six-position stock, sight adjustment tool, and the padded carry case, all included with the SR-556/6.8.
And the techie spec bit:
The SR-556/6.8 maintains the mid-length gas system and the heavy (.850”) barrel contour under the handguard of the original SR-556. The 1:10 twist barrel has a standard SAAMI 6.8 SPC chambering, is 16.12” long, is threaded 5/8-24, and is capped with the effective and distinctive Mini-14/SR-556 flash suppressor. The SR-556/6.8 weights 7.75 pounds without a magazine.
And the money shot? Same as the SR-556: $1995 msrp. Anyone care to tell us why they’d opt for 6.8 over 5.56?