If you like the idea of a Takedown rifle, take a look at the just-announced Ruger Takedown SR-556. Like the Ruger 10/22 Takedown, the beauty is in its ease of use. To remove the barrel from the upper receiver, simply move the slider bar toward the breech, rotate the barrel and pull it free—no tools required. Installation is just as simple: Slide the barrel into the upper and twist until it locks. The takedown mechanism provides a repeatable point of impact and employs a patent-pending, chrome-plated, two-stage piston driven operating system for a cleaner, cooler running firearm.
"We are excited to bring the portability and ease of storage that we introduced with the 10/22 Takedown to a modern sporting rifle" said Ruger CEO Mike Fifer. "The SR-556 Takedown has all the reliability of the original two-stage piston SR-556 and adds new and innovative features for MSR shooters."
The removable 16.1", chrome-lined, cold hammer-forged Mil-Spec 41V45 chrome-moly-vanadium steel barrel is chambered in 5.56 NATO. A factory-set headspace requires no adjustment. The barrel assembly includes an elevation- and windage-adjustable flip-up front sight so that the zero stays with the barrel. The SR-556 Takedown also sports the shorter Ruger flash hider on the ½"-28 threaded muzzle. Those who prefer a larger cartridge can purchase a replaceable barrel kit chambered in 300 AAC Blackout (go to ShopRuger.com). The cold hammer-forged 300 AAC Blackout barrel is 16.1" long, has a 1:7" twist, and is capped by a 5/8"-24 threaded muzzle fitted with a Ruger flash hider. This range-ready barrel's headspace is set at the factory and comes complete with a metal flip-up elevation & windage adjustable front sight and two, 30-round metal magazines marked with "300 AAC BLACKOUT" to ensure easy differentiation.
The SR-556 Takedown maintains the best-of-class elements of the SR-556 and comes standard with a host of accessories: quad rail hand guard; slider bar for removing the barrel; upper receiver dust cover, forward assist, and metal flip-up windage adjustable rear sight; haricot anodized aluminum parts. The Ruger Elite 452 two-stage trigger is installed in the standard mil-spec pattern lower receiver. At 7 lbs. 10 ozs., the SR-556 Takedown handles easily with Magpul's MOE grip and MOE SL stock on a mil-spec buffer tube.
Three, 30-round Magpul PMAG magazines and three full-length rail covers ship with the SR-556 Takedown in a ballistic nylon case.