Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Stopped by the hardware store: Ruger SR-556c

That beautiful redheaded gal I'm married to recently allowed me to stop by the local hardware store to pick up a new power tool and some accessories.  For some time now, I've been looking pretty closely at some of the power tool offerings over at Daniel Defense and BCM, and I'm not in any way complaining, but knowing I'm a Ruger fan... she's a great gal, I'm tellin' ya...  a Ruger SR-556c was at the counter with my name on it.

One thing I like about power tools is all the accessories you can get.  I've fired a number of ARs and even a select fire M16 over the years, but this is my first time outfitting an M4-style, flat-top AR from scratch... so we'll eventually find out which accessories are useful and which ones end up in the bottom of the tool box.  The Tapco Buttpad is more to keep the butt-stock protected and reduce the chances of the rifle sliding around when I lean it up against the gun bench out back.

Those Ruger-branded folding Troy Battle Sights seem like a great iron-sight solution, but I thought maybe they would be better off working as a back-up for an AimPoint PRO red-dot sight, complete from the factory with a riser.

There was an extra Streamlight TLR-1s laying around in the gun room so I ordered a remote pressure switch set-up and hung the light on the front end just ahead of a Magpul AFG2 angled fore-grip.

Ruger provided a set of rail covers from Troy Industries and they also included a pretty nice soft-case that holds the rifle, mags, accessories, and other items you might need while working on your various DIY projects.

The Hogue rubber grip is straight from the factory while the Troy Professional Grade Rifle Sling Adapter is something I added for use with a single-point Troy Battle Sling.

Three PMAG 30 magazines by Magpul came with the gun, but I went ahead and ordered a few more as you can never have enough extra magazines around.

Now I'm no expert when it comes to black rifles and black rifle hardware, but I figured this would be a good start for this particular rifle and we'll see how things hold up over time, get changed, repositioned, swapped out, and modified.  After some significant time and use, we'll learn how a piston AR runs, if carrier-tilt is a problem, how the accuracy works out, and I'll post a full review of my experiences.

One thing I do know, I'm very glad I... Stopped by the hardware store: Ruger SR-556c


  1. Looks great! Let us know how it runs!

  2. I need to find a better hardware store. Only guns mine have shoot nails.

  3. @jimmie... we have both Ace Hardware and a True Value Hardware stores in our area that carry firearms in addition to Walmart and several other independent gun dealers... welcome to Mayberry, 1960ish...

    Dann in Ohio

  4. Spectacular! Good for you. I hope you enjoy it!

  5. Add a Magpul BAD lever - you will love it. I have the same SR-556C and its a great gun.