Originally Posted by Powersportgiant
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.
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.