Adam Scepaniak 09.06.22
Ruger had once produced an AR platform .308Win/7.62 NATO rifle in the SR-762, but it had been discontinued, sadly. Now, we know what Ruger had planned to replace it with all along. Today, the Ruger SFAR – Small-Frame Autoloading Rifle – and it is a unique spin on what most of us believe a 308 Win AR platform rifle should look like.
Ruger Coverage on AllOutdoor
Traditional .308 Win AR rifles are rather large and heavy. The larger cartridge demands a bigger magazine, a larger receiver to accept the round, and everything balloons in size compared to its 5.56 NATO/.223 Rem counterpart platform. This whole concept changes with the introduction of the Ruger SFAR where they tried to shrink down as much of that platform as possible to make it more feasible to carry and wield for people of all statures and sizes.
- Stock: Magpul® MOE SL®
- Handguard: Lite Free-Float with M-LOK® Attachment Slots
- Barrel Length: 16.10″ w/ 5/8″-24 TPI
- Grip: Magpul® MOE®
- Capacity: 20
- Finish: Type III Hard-Coat Anodized
- Height: 7.20″
- Weight: 6.8 lb.
- Twist: 1:10″ Right-Hand, 5-Groove Rifling
- Overall Length: 34″ – 37.25″
- Length of Pull: 11″ – 14.25″
- MSRP: $1,229.00
There’s been a hole in Ruger’s AR offering since SR-762 was discontinued. Ruger® SFAR™, or Small-Frame Autoloading Rifle, is a sub-7lb, 16” 308 AR. Not an AR-10. The barrel and bolt are the same overall size as a conventional AR-556® and the upper/lower receivers were stretched and massaged to fit the bigger magazine and cartridge into the AR-556 envelope. Ergonomics, manual of arms, and most mil-spec AR bits and bobbles are all compatible too.
We have two models ready to ship at launch identical except for barrel length and handguard configuration: 16” (6.8 lb, #05610) and 20” (7.3 lb, #05611) are shipping at launch. The additional barrel length does net a bit more velocity – up to 150 fps with some ammunition – but accuracy at 100 yards has been evenly matched between the (2) models… the 16” (model #05610)… is short and handy, balances well, and not overly long with a silencer mounted.
So, as you can see at the time of its introduction the Ruger SFAR will come in two different model sizes with a 16″ and 20″ barrel option. While one might afford you more velocity than the other, they are reportedly exhibiting the same accuracy. The only thing left to ask is which one would you like to purchase?… As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.