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The World’s Shallowest Review of the Ruger American Rifle Ranch 5.56

I am going to list some specs for you…

  • 5.56 chamber
  • 16″ medium contour, cold hammer forged barrel
  • 1 in 8″ twist
  • Threaded 1/2″ x 28 muzzle
  • Magazine fed

If you hadn’t already read the title of this post, you might think I was talking about an AR-15. That combination of features is very unique in a bolt action rifle and it is what makes the Ruger American Rifle Ranch so great. Of course, the sub $400 price tag helps a lot too.

ruger american rifle ranch 556 jtt

This isn’t going to be an in-depth review. I am just going to briefly sing the praises of a rifle that I basically impulse bought about a year ago because of the price tag and features above. I wasn’t expecting a lot from it but the more I shoot it, the more I have come to appreciate it and the more I think a lot of AR-15 shooters would probably make room in their safes for a rifle like this.

The sub $400 price tag of these rifles makes them a bargain but their features are what makes them unique. There are a number of .223 Winchester chambered bolt-action rifles on the market. They typically have twist rates on the slower end so that they can effectively stabilize lighter varmint hunting oriented bullets. This rifle stands out because it bucks those trends. Instead of a .223 chamber, it sports a 5.56 chamber. Instead of a slow twist, it has a 1 in 8″ twist which will easily stabilize projectiles up to 77 grains in weight while still handling a light of the lighter bullets on the market. That is a lot words that really just boil down to one thing for an AR shooter like me… It will shoot the same ammo as my AR-15s.

If you have a suppressor, you should probably just stop reading and head to your local gun shop right now. These rifles are a blast with a can. The barrel is threaded in a pitch that will accept all the common suppressor mounts and the medium contour barrel is beefier than a typical sporter weight, bolt-action barrel to reduce deflection from the weight of the can. This rifle was obviously made to be suppressed.

I have mine set up with affordable but good accessories. I picked up a Vortex Diamondback 2-7×35 during a Black Friday sale. It was just sitting in a box on top of my safe, waiting for a project like this. That optic is mounted to the rifle with Talley 1-Piece 93X725 Rings (the rifle comes with a very nice 1913 rail attached so you could set up the optic however you want including a red dot if you are so inclined). I replaced the included muzzle nut with a Smith Enterprise Vortex Flash Suppressor because I have always had excellent luck with those having little to no effect on accuracy.

To keep the rifle stable, I have a Harris bipod mounted on it pretty much full time and I use an Andy’s Leather Rhodesian Sling. Between the bipod and the sling, I can get stable in any position. So far, I haven’t seen many ill effects on accuracy while using a tight sling but I think I may open up the stock’s barrel channel a bit just to be safe.

Speaking of accuracy… I don’t have pictures to prove it so you will just have to take my word for it (and the word of several other reviews) but this rifle is extremely accurate. My hoard of Black Hills 75gr. Blue Box ammo typically groups into less than an inch at 1oo yards. The same goes for Prvi Partisan 75gr. It even shoots Wolf Gold 55 gr well and that ammo matches the BDC reticle in the Vortex Diamondback 2-7×35 very well with a 50 yard zero. Those of you who reload could probably whip up a real doozie of a load for this rifle.

It’s not perfect. The stock is a bit flimsy (not as bad as some bargain rifles) and, as a rifle with no iron sights, it should have an integral comb riser. The magazines are proprietary and expensive for what the plasticy little things that they are. This is the bottom line: This rifle carries light, shoots well, costs little, works with all your AR-15 ammo, suppresses well, and is tons of fun.


Blue Force Gear Receives New Patent for Helium Whisper Backing

Blue Force Gear’s Helium Whisper backing for MOLLE compatible pouches is and was a big deal when they rolled it out, not just because of the laser cutting or use of their proprietary ULTRAcomp material but because the entire backing is a single piece of material. This single piece construction means savings in weight and production time while also offering an increase in durability.

Blue Force Gear was recently awarded a new patent for this technology.

Helium Whisper

SAVANNAH, GA-August 10, 2016- Blue Force Gear®, a growing design and manufacturing company in the
firearms accessories industry, announces that it has been granted its second US patent for the Helium
Whisper® load carrier system and associated manufacturing methods. US patent 9,295,319 embodies the
ability for a load carrier system to include a unitary piece of material.

The patent covers two embodiments of the load carriage system. One of which pertains to the unitary piece of
material, and the other being the benefits through manufacturing methods of Helium Whisper®.

Helium Whisper® revolutionizes the MOLLE attachment system by combining a single piece back panel with
ULTRAcomp®, an extremely durable, lightweight high-performance proprietary laminate. By reducing the
number of parts involved in MOLLE attachment, the single-piece design decreases potential errors and weak
points, provides easier production and offers a lighter alternative to any other pouch system.

“Blue Force Gear continues to innovate as the leader in the production of lightweight gear,” says CEO Ashley
Burnsed. “For more than two decades the primary health threat to troops has been common joint, muscle
and bone injuries including back pain. The average load carried by a Rifleman can be in excess of 127 pounds.
Blue Force Gear celebrates every ounce of weight reduction because ounces equal pounds, and our pouches
built with the Helium Whisper® system can reduce weight by up to 60 percent, making our service members
lighter, faster and quite possibly healthier.”

This patent solidifies Helium Whisper® as a true innovation in lightweight attachment systems. In addition to
Blue Force Gear’s products, the Helium Whisper® attachment system is in wide use by manufacturers such as
SAFARILAND Group, Velocity Systems, Platatac and Strategen who license the technology from Blue Force
Gear directly.

Check out Blue Force Gear.


Scalarworks Aimpoint Low Drag Mount for Aimpoint Comp M4 (LDM/M4)

We’ve known it was coming and now its here. Scalarworks has announced that their Low Drag Mount for the Aimpoint Comp M4 is now available. It has the same ultra-lightweight design, low-profile thumb screw, and return-to-zero performance found on other Low Drag Mounts but designed specifically for the king of Aimpoints – the Comp M4 and M4S.


EASTON, PA – August 29, 2016 – Scalarworks, manufacturer of high-performance optic mounts, is pleased to introduce the Low Drag Mount™ for Aimpoint CompM4 sights; the lightest quick-detach Aimpoint CompM4 mount in existence – weighing only 1.49oz, include sight screws.

The LDM/CompM4 is a lightweight, low-profile, quick-detach optic mount that is compatible with MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rails and Aimpoint CompM4 and CompM4s red dot sights. Full product specs and details can be found here: https://scalarworks.com/optic-mounts/ldm-compm4/

Like all Scalarworks Low Drag Mounts™; the LDM/CompM4 has a monolithic base made of high-strength 7075-T6 Aluminum, and features our proprietary recoil-proof notched thumbscrew with ball detent. It also has the same precision telescoping clamp as our popular Aimpoint Micro and Trijicon MRO mounts, which ensures a repeatable zero with each installation.

The LDM/CompM4 is proudly made in the USA, and is available in both Absolute and Lower-Third Co-Witness height variants with a retail price of $149.

To learn more about this and other Scalarworks optic mounts and bundles; please visit scalarworks.com


Rebellion Holsters Works Thyrm Cell Vault Sheath

The Cell Vault from Thyrm is a water-proof tube that is designed to hold batteries. It’s unique design is very slim and has a lid that incorporates a long clip that allows it to attach to PALS webbing.

rebellion holster works thyrm cell vault sheath

Rebellion Holster Works has a different idea for how a water-proof container with these specific features could be utilized. They are prototyping a method of attaching the Cell Vault to a knife sheath for use as water-proof storage for survival items – especially items that must be kept dry like fire starting materials. The slim design of the Cell Vault will fit within the footprint of most sheaths and the long clip serves as a useful method for attaching to the sheath.

You can check out Rebellion Holster Works on Facebook.

rebellion holster works thyrm cell vault sheath detail


New Kalash Life Patch from Snake Hound Machine

The first series of Kalash Life patches from Snake Hound Machine (SHM) are some of the slickest AK related morale patches you’ll find. Now SHM is following those with the new Kalash Life Shield patch – an embroidered patch that features a shield shape with crossed AKs. This patch is about 3″ wide by 3.5″ tall.

The Kalash Life Shield patch on sale right now for $7.62 because, of course it is. Check it out at Snake Hound Machine.



Dueck Defense RBU-DP for S&W M&P

Dueck Defense just brought their RBU to the Smith & Wesson M&P!

The RBU-DP allows M&P shooters to mount a variety of red dot sights to their handgun without having to permanently modify the slide. It installs in place of your rear sight and has its own integrated iron sights. Check out the RBU-DP at Dueck Defense.

sw mp rbu dueck defense


Eclipse Short Nine Flash Suppressor from Manticore Arms

The Manticore Arms Eclipse Short Nine Flash Suppressor (1.75″ long, 2.4 oz) is a more compact version of the original Eclipse Flash Suppressor (2.25″ long, 3.6 oz). It is designed to work with calibers up to 9mm, threaded 1/2 x 28 tpi, machined from 8620 steel, heat treated, and finish with black oxide.

Check out the Eclipse Short Nine Flash Suppressor at Manticore Arms.



Tweave Plate Carrier from Perroz Designs

Remember that custom, one-off Perroz Designs carrier that we profiled here because of its use of Tweave material for the entire plate pocket? Well, it was a good enough idea to find its way into regular line up.

perroz designs tweave plate carrier

Perroz Designs is calling it the Tweave Plate Carrier and it shares many features with their MSPC with the obvious difference of use of 4-way stretch Tweave for the plate pocket. This makes the carrier extremely concealable and allows it to pack very small when the plates are removed.

Exceptionally lightweight and packable. Built with premium materials and designed with a focus on performance. Utilizing Tweave Durastretch, a durable four-way stretch fabric that is non-restrictive and accommodating.

– Tweave Durastretch 520E outer material.
– 3D spacer mesh 3mm padding inner material.
– 35oz. DuPont Hypalon shoulder-straps.
– 35oz. DuPont Hypalon cummerbund.
– Cummerbund is fully MOLLE compatible and adjustable via Velcro®. One size fits all.
– ITW QASM (Quick Attach Surface Mount) buckles included – SwiftClip™ compatible.
– Large loop Velcro® surface front for use with magazine placards, chest rigs etc.
– Reinforced plate pocket stitching.

Quality guaranteed. Made in Canada.

Check out the new Tweave Plate Carrier at Perroz Designs.


Bad-Element Co – Analog Gauge Window Magazine Cut

Bad-Element Co creates custom AK magazines including California legal conversions, custom magazine chops that turn 30 round magazines into more compact 20 round magazines, and even custom window cuts. Their work is very clean and can be quite handy if you live in an AWB state, or… Maybe you just want something unique like, say, a 20 round Russian Bakelite or a Chinese Flat Back with a window cut that lets you view how many rounds are left in the magazine. It’s what they do.

They recently took their craft to a whole new level with their Analog Gauge Window Magazine Cut. It’s is absolutely incredible. Let the picture wash over you for a second.

bad element co round counter

They have cut away the side of the magazine with three windows running from top to bottom. The body of the magazine is marked with hash marks and Arabic numerals. The follower is cut and carefully bent so that a small pointer actually slides outside the body of the magazine to point at the hash marks.

It may not be the most practical magazine in the world but who cares? This is a display of hardcore craftsmanship for the sake of being a hardcore craftsman. It’s part AK mag, part art installation and it’s all awesome.

You can learn more about Bad-Element Co’s services on their website and their Facebook page.



Magpul “El Original” Shark Skin Gun Belt, Leather Patches, and End of Summer Apparel Sale

There is a lot of news coming out of Magpul today!



With the end of Summer approaching and to make room for our Fall apparel line, select apparel items are on sale for a limited time.



Now Shipping: Magpul Gun Belt – “El Original” Shark Skin

Our Tejas “El Original” Gun Belt is now offered with a rugged outer layer of shark skin. This fine grain exotic leather is amazingly durable and holds up to the wear and tear required of a belt.)

As with our other Tejas Gun Belts, The “El Original” Shark Skin Gun Belt is proudly made in Texas.  The shark skins used are all a by-product of licensed and legal fishing activities, tracked from the time they are harvested until they are made into the final product.

This belt will be limited to the quantity on hand and may not be released again. Sizes and availability are limited.


  • Durable shark skin outer layer, top grade bullhide leather middle layer, and supportive but flexible reinforced polymer interior
  • Gun belt rigidity with dress belt comfort offers stretch and sag free performance
  • Removable buckle with branded “tool-free” fasteners
  • Standard 1-1/2″ wide and 1/4″ thick to fit most belt loops and holsters
  • Eight holes with 3/4″ spacing for a wide yet precise adjustment range
  • Multiple lengths available in limited quanities from 32-44 inches (please review Belt Sizing directions in Specs below*)

Only available at Magpul.com

MSRP 184.95

Made in the USA



Now Shipping: Magpul Leather Patches

100% Bullhide morale patches, using portions of the same bullhide that our Tejas Gun Belts are made from, these hook and loop backed patches can be used anyplace a standard woven patch would be used. Each patch is heat embossed with a logo or image that will be unique to that patch due to the natural qualities of real leather.


  • Top Grade Bullhide Leather
  • Dimensions: 3”X 2”
  • Hook and Loop Backing
  • Made in Texas, USA



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