Ruger Goes Small in a Battle Rifle Caliber

Ruger long made an SR-25/AR-10 style 7.62 NATO-chambered rifle, the SR762. However, like most guns in that caliber, it was heavy, pushing almost 9 pounds unloaded and without optics, even with a short 16-inch barrel.

Well, the company is back with something much more interesting now in the Small-Frame Autoloading Rifle or SFAR. Introduced in both a 16-inch and 20-inch model, both run in the 7-ish pound range and include lots of features. The upper and lower receivers are both CNC-machined from 7075-T6 forgings and feature an oversized magazine well, forward assist, dust cover, and brass deflector.

Barrels are cold hammer-forged with 5R rifling, a 5/8”-24 muzzle thread, and finished with black nitride for accuracy, longevity, and easy cleaning. CNC-machined from high-strength super alloy steel, the bolt and barrel extension feature tapered lugs that strengthen the breech by adding material in key areas.

A 4-position regulated gas block helps the user dial in when using a suppressor. Ruger’s Elite 452 trigger is standard.

They use lots of AR-15 standard parts including the stocks, grips, and some internals. The asking price is $1,299.

By Michael Crites

Michael Crites is el jefe around here. He has spent more than 30 years shooting, learning about guns, and collecting firearms old and new. He holds his Oregon Concealed Handgun License, and enjoys testing products in the back 40 of his farm.

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