Better late than never. Ruger has finally jumped into the AR pistol market with its latest offering, the AR 556 pistol. It doesn’t differ much from its competitors in looks or performance. AR builders can put together an AR pistol for about half the price of this factory sample. So why bother? Well, quality name and factory warranty are great reasons. While most AR builders can put together their own, if we are honest, not all do it yourself guys and gals are great builders. There is a lot to be said for “roll your own”, but functionality isn’t one of the top reasons.
Again, if we are honest with ourselves, not all our builds meet expectations in terms of quality or aesthetics. While I love building plinkers for dirt cheap,($300 is my cheapest AR build), my go to guns are factory models backed by a warranty. As well, resale value is rock bottom with home built kits. Most people won’t even buy a home built AR-15, when they can spend a couple hundred more dollars to get a gun that has the name and reputation behind it, especially a name like Ruger.
So if you’re thinking why would I spend the money on a factory AR-15 pistol? Think about the warranty, craftsmanship, reliability, and re-sale value. The Ruger AR 556 pistol looks to have the same features as its competitors, and the rock solid name behind it. And if I were in the market for an AR pistol, Ruger would certainly get a look.