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Con: Nearly Fixed Muzzle Device

The birdcage flash hider is removable. However, there are no wrench flats on the muzzle device, and some have reported that Ruger uses loctite on the threads. So, getting the muzzle device off will be very challenging.

Again, casual shooters probably won’t care, since replacing the muzzle device won’t be that high on their list.

If you’re a builder who wants to build a custom AR-15, you’ll have to put quite a bit of thought into removing the muzzle device. Fortunately, it’s just a basic birdcage flash hider. So, it’s not the end of the world if you tear it up.


Final Thoughts

The Ruger AR-556 is an excellent AR-15 for the money. It’s a great option for those who want a budget AR-15 that offers some excellent durability features and those looking to purchase their first AR-15.

For home defense, novice and intermediate competition shooters, and any sort of recreational shooting, the AR-556 will perform well right out of the box. And the flat-top upper receiver and