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Old 04-12-2013, 09:15 PM   #11
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I greatly appreciates everyones responses.

Quentin, your feedback is exactly what I was looking for. I passed on the AR considering I have 2 good rifles (DD V5 and a Bushmaster made in ME) and picked me up a SR1911 commander instead.

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Okay guys, I am looking for some good information in regards to the Ruger SR-556 Essentials rifle. My local store is running a big Ruger sale tomorrow and will have it for $999. I know it's a good buy, and I Know that Ruger makes good products. My real question is, since it's a Gas Piston AR, what's the difference? I appreciate any feedback.
For a grand, run don't walk, to buy it!

The piston system on this gun is very smooth.
the barrel is cold hammer forged.
very accurate gun.

I have no clue why this forum engenders so much hostility towards these incredible rifles.

The ONLY thing I don't like about the SR556E is lack of chromed barrel.
As a result the SR556E is even more accurate than the SR556.

Lighter too.
When you handle it you can just tell the quality.
there is about the same upper/lower play as on my LMT , which is to say hardly any.

Other than the lack of chrome lining ( the HK MR556 is also not CL and they also use 41V45 CHF barrel)) I put it right up there with my DDM4V5, just under my LMT and SIG516 and above quite a few of my other rifles.

I paid top dollar for these rifles before.
If I could have gotten them for a grand I would have bought 2 or 3.
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and remember they use proprietary piston parts , if it quits running you can send it back to ruger to get fixed , not just drop by your local dealer and pick up the spares, I have yet to see any spare Ruger parts on the shelves for these. Thats the advantage to DI ARs , they are all universal
That's another one of those mythical "issues" :

yes the BCG is very different but when have you EVER seen a BCG break, even in a full auto DI gun?
Think its ever gonna happen in a piston (cooler running) semi auto gun? hardly.

wear parts on an AR are mostly
-gas rings ( not present or needed on this gun)
-firing pins ( which fully interchange)
-Bolts (which interchange and in any event in a piston gun will not see the kind of heat load that might weaken them like in a DI gun.)
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That's another one of those mythical "issues" :

yes the BCG is very different but when have you EVER seen a BCG break, even in a full auto DI gun?
Think its ever gonna happen in a piston (cooler running) semi auto gun? hardly.

wear parts on an AR are mostly
-gas rings ( not present or needed on this gun)
-firing pins ( which fully interchange)
-Bolts (which interchange and in any event in a piston gun will not see the kind of heat load that might weaken them like in a DI gun.)
Yes proprietary piston parts, gas valve assembly, piston, gas valve detent, transfer rod, bolt carrier , upper receiver . Yes bolts are interchangable , I didnt say none of the part were interchangable .
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The key wear parts are interchangable and I think that addresses that concern for me.
I mean who nhas ever heard of a BCG breaking?

And by the time you break elments of the gas assembly you have shot through thousands of dollars worth of rounds a multiple the value of the rifle..

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Freak things happen and happen at the worst time. Murphy's Law... I want and need access to replacement parts but Ruger doesn't play my game. No matter, I can get better for less money. And industry standard to boot.

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. No matter, I can get better for less money. And industry standard to boot.
Name 1 other gun ,piston or not, that you can get for 1000 that has a cold hammer forged barrel in April 2013.

Oh and that can do sub MOA with good ammo out of the box.
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Not sure about the barrel but the Kel Tec SU-16 is piston driven set-up for under $1000. It's a pretty cool gun. I ditched mine because of the plastic receiver. If they made one in aluminum I'd reconsider getting another one.

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Paw: sounds like a nice buy! Show us some pics sometime!

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