Portability in a Black Rifle: Meet the New Ruger SR-556 Takedown

We like the looks of this new takedown from Ruger.  See details below:

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. is pleased to introduce the new Ruger® SR-556® Takedown autoloading rifle, an innovative twist on an already innovative rifle. Compact and easy to maintain, the SR-556 Takedown sets a new standard for the modern sporting rifle.

Like the popular Ruger 10/22 Takedown®, the SR-556 Takedown was designed with ease of use in mind. The barrel is removed from the upper receiver by simply moving the slider bar towards the breech, rotating the barrel and pulling it free – no tools required. Installation is simpler yet – just 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, reliable firearm that is truly state-of-the-art.

“We are excited to bring the portability and ease of storage that we introduced with the 10/22 Takedown to a modern sporting rifle” noted Mike Fifer, CEO. “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. The headspace is set at the factory so no adjustment is necessary. The barrel assembly includes an elevation & 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 1/2″-28 threaded muzzle.

MSR shooters that desire a larger cartridge will be excited to find that a replaceable barrel kit chambered in 300 AAC Blackout is available on 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 that today’s shooters demand. The quad rail handguard provides ample mounting area for accessories and provides a stiff and secure mount for the takedown mechanism. The slider bar for removing the barrel is located on the bottom rail under the gas block and is out of the way of accessories. The upper receiver is complete with dust cover, forward assist, and metal flip-up windage adjustable rear sight. All aluminum parts are hardcoat anodized.

The Ruger Elite 452™ two-stage trigger is installed in the standard mil-spec pattern lower receiver. At 7 pounds 10 ounces, 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 rugged, ballistic nylon case.

For more information on the Ruger SR-556 Takedown or to learn more about the extensive line of award-winning Ruger firearms, visit Ruger.com or Facebook.com/Ruger To find accessories for the SR-556 Takedown or other Ruger firearms, visit ShopRuger.com or your local independent retailer of Ruger firearms.


  • Stock: Black Synthetic, Collapsible
  • Finish: Manganese Phosphate / Hardcoat Anodized
  • Sights: Folding Iron Sights
  • Height: 7.75″
  • Barrel Length: 16.1″
  • Overall Length: 32.75″ – 36″
  • Width: 2.5″
  • Weight: 7.6 lbs.
  • Twist: 1:9″ RH
  • Grooves: 6
  • Length of Pull: 11.1″ – 14.4″
  • Capacity: 30
  • Suggested Retail: $2049.00
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  • Bad Penguin March 6, 2017, 8:42 am

    Always sad to see people who complain about a rifle/pistol they have never touched. First the MSRP is not a good reflection of the street price. I have seen the SR-556 for $1700. Shop around. Also when you add in that Ruger has added a much improved trigger and front and rear pop up sights that further reduces the price to about $1400.

    Ruger did a great job on the trigger. Its very smooth and breaks predictably but personally I think it should be no more than a 5lb pull. The change to a key lock fore grip was a nice change too. More comfortable to hold and lighter. The SR-556 piston system reduces the muzzle climb and felt recoil (which isn’t much on any AR system) allowing you to get back on target faster. Its a great rifle and anyone who has ever shot one loves it.

  • Tommy Barrios June 6, 2016, 3:07 pm

    What a bunch of BALONEY!
    Remove TWO pins and it is TWO pieces!
    This is the way I travel on the airlines with MY AR, locked in a case in TWO Pieces with the bolt carrier REMOVED!
    The airline folks love it because I don’t have take the rifle out show them it’s unloaded in front of the other paranoid passengers!
    Quit putting up BOGUS articles like this stuff, PLEASE!

  • franz miller July 13, 2015, 5:21 pm

    $2,000 and they didn’t get rid of the rear facing t-charging handle. 3 guys were killed in ‘Nam because of that P.O.S. design; went right into their heads. I don’t like the forestock either, and I don’t like the W&E adjustable Front sight. Get rid of the T-charger, the lameassed forestock and front sight ( move it aft so I can adjust it TODAY, Must be all those wannabes out there that they’re marketing this to. Oh, and why call it a takedown rifle when nothing forward of the reciever gets removed? Still has that fore end/ forestock length; I call BULLCRAP.

    • Blasted Cap July 15, 2015, 11:18 am

      Nothing forward of the receiver gets removed? Hunh? The whole barrel comes off. I’m thinking that is in front of the receiver. And as to the charging handle comment, can’t happen. The BCG reciprocates while the charging handle stays locked in place by the latch that’s on it. I call BULL CRAP on your comments.

    • robert November 16, 2015, 7:29 pm

      It’s funny, the only time I ever see comments like this is from “wannabe Rambos” . Those of us that have REALLY used an M4 in combat had no such complaints. There is no weapon system that does “it all” it’s give and take. Full power cartridges add weight (less ammo) and recoil and lose CQB handling. Carbine cartridges don’t have the range or power but have better handling more rounds and less recoil. But there is NO instances of a charging handle going into someone’s brain. Where do you clowns come from. In closing, after 2 combat tours as a Infantryman Paratrooper I did see enemy personal still able to fight with poor hits on target but, I NEVER had an enemy still standing after 2 or 3 rounds center mass.

    • Tommy Barrios June 6, 2016, 3:36 pm

      Dear Franz,
      The ONLY BULLCRAP here is your asinine assessments of the AR platform!
      I own one, built it up from a stripped lower during the Criminal Klinton Gun Ban!
      I spent time (TDY) as a small arms instructor in the USAF before that using the ORIGINAL M-16 without the forward assist and I never saw what your yammering about in over 10,000 rounds fired collectively during my tenure as such!
      I don’t believe you have EVER fired or even been around an AR/M16/M4 platform otherwise you’d know better!
      The T-handle BTW floats over the top of the bolt carrier group and even if unlocked somehow, there is NOTHING that would contact the T-handle when the bolt carrier flies backward, ONLY FORWARD which would then re-lock the T-Handle!
      I doubt seriously you know anything about this great rifle judging by your absurd comments!
      It’s people you like spreading misinformation and absurd BS that gives shooting and AR owners an unnecessary bad rap!

      • Bad Penguin March 6, 2017, 8:46 am

        Great response Tommy. Everything you said is spot on.

  • 33Charlemagne July 13, 2015, 4:14 pm

    I like the idea of a takedown weapon. This is one of the features that makes Winchester’s old pump shotguns (some model 1897s and all Model 12s) so desirable. On the other hand one advantage of the AK platform is that the recoil spring is in the receiver rather than the butt stock so you can reduce the length of the weapon substantially with a folding stock. By folding the stock and unscrewing the compensator ( a job easily accomplished with bare hands) , I can reduce the length of my Arsenal SLR107FR to some 25″ in seconds. In addition they can be had for around $1000.

  • kyle July 13, 2015, 11:11 am

    Like a lot of stuff thats come out in the past couple years, I think its a cool idea but at the price points that keep coming out with these sort of innovations they’re not likely to become widespread. To see widespread adoption of any new products there either has to be a need in the market or the product has to be affordable enough for users to buy it simply because its “nifty”. But thats assuming that these companies want widespread adoption of their products.

  • Joe July 13, 2015, 7:13 am

    Nice concept
    I think it will sell well.

  • Joe July 13, 2015, 7:10 am

    Nice concept
    I think it will sell well.

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