Does anyone have experience with the Ruger AC556?


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Lone_Gunman
July 6, 2006, 12:02 PM
I am considering one of these as a first NFA weapon. Any opinions on these? I have heard Ruger will do work on them still, which would seem to be a plus.

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oldcop1971
July 7, 2006, 05:21 AM
Had one back in the 80's. Nice gun, reasonably priced at the time (before the 86 ban), never had any problems with it. Fun gun to shoot but would eat up ammo like you wouldn't believe on rock n roll.

vanderbilt330
July 7, 2006, 09:13 AM
I had a KAC556 and loved it. Sold my rifle back in 1989. Rifle is very reliable and functioned with all ammo used. Burst feature is nice. Sometimes because of way I pulled the trigger I fired two rounds with third as single. No problem just hold till all three fired. All in all a great first machine gun to purchase.

JimC
July 7, 2006, 10:02 AM
The Ruger AC556 and AC556K were the first select fire weapons, aside from a single M16A1, that my old department had for our SOU team.

The original guns were the 180 (?) series with the smaller (lighter) frames. A couple of them were very prone to jamming. A call to Ruger about this got us a "we know about it and we are working on it". :confused:

One rifle blew up during a training exercise and slightly injured the operator. It was found that he had a cook off with the round not fully chambered.

Ruger had a recall on this model but failed to notify us. Eventually they replaced the first ones with the 181 (?) series rifles that had beefier receivers.

The selector setup was bad when going from semi to three shot. One never knew if you were going to get two or three rounds the first time. :banghead:

All in all they were pretty good rifles. Accuracy was sufficient but not what I would call great.

The skinny barrels heated up way too fast. They were of no practical use in FA due to their light weight. Semi and 3-shot burst would have been the best setup for these rifles.

We eventually got rid of them and bought MP5's. We kept the original M16A1.

DMK
July 7, 2006, 09:11 PM
I think they are way cool, but I've never owned or shot one.

However, I do have a link to a cool article on the AC556 that you can download:

http://www.smallarmsreview.com/pdf/AC556.pdf

Chipperman
July 8, 2006, 10:24 AM
I personally have never fired one, but they are pretty well regarded in the NFA world. The biggest thing touted by fans is the warranty work as you mentioned.

Apparently Ruger has very good customer service of these, which is odd considering their stance on other eeevil things.

Overall, most NFA afficianados would say that skipping the Mac and going to a AC556 for your first NFA weapon would be a good choice.

orangelo
July 8, 2006, 11:49 AM
Or you could pay a thousand more and get a FNC. :D

The FNC holds up to sustained fire better, uses regular AR15 mags, and is more reliable than most other 5.56 NFA rifles. The only downsides are lack of any support and spare parts are scarce. But you can say you have the Al Pacino Heat gun. :p

Then again if you got the Ruger you could re-enact episodes of The A-team. :neener:

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