A few years back, Ruger admitted that it was time to enter the burgeoning AR-style rifle market. Rather than reproducing another gas-impingement platform, the company produced its own AR shooting system, which operated using a patented, chrome-plated, two-stage piston with a multi-stage regulator. That first AR-style rifle, dubbed the SR-556, was chambered in .223 Rem. and was well received by the shooting community. Our latest Gun of the Week, however, isn’t the SR-556. It’s the next step in the evolution of Ruger’s AR-style platform, chambered in .308-and it’s known as the SR-762.
The 762 is a re-design of the 556, beefed up to handle the larger .308 cartridges. That said, the gun looks and feels very similar – in reality, it’s only a little bit more than a half-pound heavier than it’s “little” brother. Its steel components are treated with a non-reflective, black manganese-phosphate finish, while the aluminum components are finished in a matte, hard-coat anodizing to match. Like the 556, it sports a barrel that measures just over 16 inches, and it arrives with a 556-style flash suppressor already in place.
For more information, check out the video embedded below, hosted by Managing Online Editor Shawn Skipper, or go to Ruger.com.
Action: Two-Stage Piston Gas Operated Semi-Auto
Caliber: .308 Win./7.62 NATO
Finish: Manganese Phosphate/Hard Coat Anodized
Sights: Adjustable AR-Type Folding Iron Sights
Barrel Length: 16.12”
Overall Length: 34.75” to 38”
Length of Pull: 11.5” to 14.75”
Weight: 8.6 lbs.
Twist: 1:10” RH
Rifle Grooves: 6