Complete with an SB Tactical SBA3 pistol brace, Ruger’s AR-556 handgun runs less than 28-inches long overall and complements their rifle line. The newest 5.56mm semi-auto offering from the Red Hawk-branded firearms powerhouse includes a 10.5-inch 4140 chrome-moly steel barrel inside a free-floated handguard slathered with M-LOK accessory slots. Tipping the scales at 6.2-pounds, the pistol uses a 7075-T6 flat-top upper with a forward assist and anodized finish.
Suppressor ready, the barrel has 1/2x28TPI threads and comes with a factory-installed Ruger flash suppressor. The five-groove barrel uses M4 feed ramps and a 1-in-8-inch RH twist rate. The bolt carrier and gas key are chrome plated while the bolt itself is machined from 9310 steel.
MSRP on the AR-556 pistol is $899, which puts it in the same neighborhood as the Springfield Armory Saint pistol and a good bit south of the Sig Sauer MCX Virtus handgun. Shipping with a single Magpul PMAG 30-round magazine, the pistol is neither California nor Massachusetts compliant.