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First Look: The Ruger SR-556 Takedown

Ruger is known for delivering reliable, high-value firearms.  They are not necessarily known for innovation but that may change with the release of the new Ruger SR-556 Takedown.


The Ruger SR-556 Takedown

The Ruger SR-556 Takedown


Like the popular Ruger 10/22 Takedown, the SR-556 Takedown is designed to be broken down into smaller components without the use of any tools. The barrel is removed from the upper receiver by moving the slider bar towards the breech, rotating the barrel and pulling it free. To reassemble – just slide the barrel into the upper and twist until it locks.


Ruger Broken Down


Here’s a video that runs through all the features of the firearm..



Of course, my eye was drawn to the bag.


Ruger Takedown Kit


But, if you don’t like the bag that comes with the rifle, something like this new Grey Ghost Gear Apparition Rifle Bag would work since the disassembled rifle doesn’t need much space.


Grey Ghost Apparition Bag

Grey Ghost Apparition Bag


Is a rifle like this a gimmick and why do you need it?   Chris Baker from Lucky Gunner, in his article entitled “Why You Need a Takedown Rifle“, hit the nail on the head.  Discrete transportation, air travel, home storage, vehicle storage, and bug-out friendly portability are all good reasons to have a gun like this.  Here in the state of Illinois, limits on barrel length make all that exceedingly problematic.  That wouldn’t be the case with the SR-556 Takedown.  

The SR-556 retails for $2049 but the street price will likely be lower.  And it’s available now.  

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