Ruger is expanding on their series of AR-pattern rifles with their first entry in the AR-10 arena with the new SR-762. This piston-driven .308 carbine packs features and comes stocked with plenty of accessories.
The SR-762 is a 16-inch carbine, which is increasingly popular with many .308 Winchester users including hunters and competition shooters as well as law enforcement who are looking for a large-caliber semi-automatic rifle for closer-range work and prefer a compact package over the extra muzzle velocity.
Given Ruger’s history of expanding their product lines, we can be sure to expect the SR-762 rifle to become a series with rifles in a spread of configurations and barrel lengths.
The SR-762 uses the same chrome-plated piston system with an adjustable gas regulator. Ruger’s piston system has more than established itself as a reliable, tilt-free action that runs cool and clean, and has smooth recoil with its two-stage operation.
The adjustable gas system has four positions from wide open for working under fouled conditions to completely closed for single-shot operation, which can be useful when running suppressed or teaching new shooters.
The rifle comes with a mid-length free-floating modular handguard, like those seen on the other SR rifles. These handguards can be fit with rail sections if desired but can also be kept bare for a lower-profile grip. Ruger includes two Picatinny rail sections for accessories with each SR-762 and three finger-groove rails for extra traction that isn’t hard on the hands. Additional rail sections may be purchased separately.
Other furniture includes a standard mil-spec carbine buttstock (and mil-spec diameter carbine buffer tube) and rubberized Hogue Monogrip pistol grip.
Flip-up backup iron sights come factory with the SR-762. The rifle has BUIS front and rear, with the front sight mounted directly to the gas block for improved accuracy. The rear sight is windage-adjustable and the front sight is elevation-adjustable.
Also, the SR-762 comes with three 20-round Magpul PMAGs, which are without a doubt the most popular polymer magazines for AR-10-type rifles. Ruger’s inclusion of three magazines is extra nice as many rifles often only ship with a single magazine.
It’s not just about looks and accessories, the SR-762 is built on solid hardware as well. The receivers are forged 7075-T6 aluminum and the chrome-lined barrel is cold hammer-forged 41V45 chromoly-vanadium steel. The barrel is also fluted under the handguard to improve heat dissipation, add rigidity and cut weight. It is rated for both 7.62 NATO as well as .308 Winchester ammunition.
The barrel is fit with a scaled-up version of their Mini-14 flash hider and threaded for 5/8-24 muzzle devices.
Ruger’s got a solid new product with the SR-762. Even with its MSRP of $2,195 we expect this to be a strong seller, especially since real-world prices are likely to be below $2,000. The AR-15 market is massive and still growing, but there’s a lot more potential for future growth in the AR-10 market.
This is a complete package and perfect for anyone or any agency looking to start using a 7.62/.308 rifle. In addition to coming with everything you need to run the rifle in the box (except for the ammo), Ruger includes a soft-sided case with each gun.
Some might think that the price is a bit high; Ruger’s SR-series rifles have proven to be hard-use, heavy-duty guns that keep running where others won’t, and with all the included accessories, others are sure to see the SR-762’s value.
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