I have been impressed with the Ruger SR-556 carbines that I have been able to handle and shoot. The one that Dann at God, Gals, Guns, Grub owns has been reliable through nearly 3000 rounds, is very accurate, and is fairly well appointed right out of the box. If only Ruger had chosen a better twist rate and a rail system that was user replaceable!
Now word is out that Ruger is releasing a 7.62×51 chambered AR called the SR-762 and it looks pretty good on paper. It has their 2-stage piston system with 4 position gas block much like the SR-556. The cold hammer-forged Mil-Spec 41V45 chrome-moly-vanadium steel barrel is fluted to reduce weight (8.6 pounds is not too shabby). I am relieved to see that they went with the SR-25 pattern magazine so the rifle is compatible with PMAGs.
If the SR-762 has a street price that is sub-$2000, is as accurate and reliable as its little brother, and Ruger can get them onto dealer’s shelves, they could have a real winner on their hands.
Check out the SR-762 at Ruger.com.